Bobby Charlton’s daughter worked for BBC and RAF before marrying Wimbledon hero

Manchester United and England great Sir Bobby Charlton dies aged 86

Two days have passed since the news emerged that Sir Bobby Charlton had passed away aged 86, following a long battle with dementia. Sir Bobby has left an eternal legacy behind at Manchester United and across the football world with his immense quality on the pitch and universally adored demeanour off it.

The England hero – a 1966 World Cup winner – died peacefully surrounded by his family in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and for the many people who have loved and supported him,” part of a statement read.

Sir Bobby leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Lady Norma, who announced his dementia diagnosis in 2020, and their two daughters, Suzanne and Andrea.

Andrea, born in 1965, has enjoyed her life away from the public eye despite her father’s astronomical fame and prestigious reputation.

But Suzanne, three years younger, has some fascinating tales to tell from her career and personal life, and she has ensured Sir Bobby’s name lives on in the next generation.

Suzanne, born in Urmston a year before Sir Bobby lifted the FA Cup with United in 1963, graduated from the University of Reading in 1985 with a degree in Physics and Meteorology.

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She shaped her career around her passion, first working as a computer programmer for the Met Office from 1985 to 1987.

Suzanne then became a forecaster for the London Weather Centre before starting her journey with the BBC in 1989. The following year, she spent almost four months working as a forecaster with the RAF in Germany.

Sir Bobby’s youngest daughter featured on a range of channels following her return to the broadcasting giant – including BBC World, BBC One, Breakfast News, BBC News 24 and BBC Radio 4 – before leaving in 2007.

Suzanne remains an avid sports fan away from being a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. She competed in national horse-riding events and is reportedly a group instructor with the Riding for the Disabled Association

Football, tennis and skiing are also said to be among her interests, and she played hockey during her studies at University.

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Away from the TV screen, she married Nick Brown in 1994, two years after he retired from professional tennis at the end of 14 years.

Brown’s highest world rankings were No 120 in singles and No 25 in doubles, but he soared as high as British No 2, representing his nation at the Davis Cup from 1989 to 1991.

The 62-year-old’s greatest stardom on the Grand Slam stage came in 1991 when he entered Wimbledon as a wildcard.

Then ranked No 591 in the world, he faced 10th seed Goran Ivanisevic, the previous year’s runner-up in SW19, and produced one of Wimbledon’s greatest-ever shocks, beating the Croat in four sets.

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He won the hearts of the home crowd and remained one of just five British players to beat a top-15 opponent in a Slam since 1990 until Daniel Evans’ success at the 2013 US Open.

Brown has spent over 30 years as a professional coach since the latter stages of his career on the ATP Tour, with Tim Henman and Iga Swiatek among his clients.

He has also coached in the Fed Cup with Great Britain and the Davis Cup and Olympic Games with Poland.

Suzanne and Brown welcomed a son into the world in November 1998. His name? Robert, in honour of his legendary grandfather.

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