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RIP Jack Charlton

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, has died aged 85.

    The former Leeds defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.

    One of English football's most popular characters, he had spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

    He led the Republic of Ireland to their first major finals at Euro 88 and the World Cup quarter-finals at Italia 90.

    A family statement read: "Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.

    "As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

    "We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

    "He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.

    "His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories."

  2. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Oh no. That's really sad news. I knew he'd been ill but it still feels a real loss - another one of that footballing era gone.
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  3. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    We were huge Leeds fans in the Revie era. Saw him play many times. How different things were then from the multi-millionaire players today. At one time he had a stall outside Elland Road selling Leeds scarves, caps etc. My sister was thrilled to buy something from him and be called "luv".
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  4. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

    I was born in Middlesbrough and brought up in a house close to Ayresome park, From the bedroom window we could see the glow from the floodlights and hear the roar of the crowd. I remember (vaguely) the street parties when Jack Charlton won us promotion and then remember how much it meant when he returned in 1984 when were were in real trouble. And the pure magic of RoI in Italia 90.

    RIP Jack, thanks for everything.
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  5. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Occasional commenter

    I gave up following football when it became a corporate business, but Jack Charlton and his brother were both ornaments to the game I grew up with. I also saw their uncle Jackie Milburn play in the last years of his career; a more wholesome era in many ways.
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  6. install

    install Star commenter

    RIP Jack Charlton...I remember this story which made me giggle:

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  7. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    I did hear he also never could remember the names of the Irish players so would call them 'the long haired one' and such, which they all responded to.

    Always find it sad when one of his generation leaves us, as they all really were a different bunch.
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  8. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Another great vanishes and leaves us less talented in that area.
    May his soul rest in peace,
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  9. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    So sorry to hear this - he'll never be forgotten.

    Especially as he helped Chelsea to their first FA Cup win!
    Thanks, Jack! :D

    FA Cup Final 1970:
    Chelsea equalised twelve minutes before the end, after a flowing move, from which Osgood scored with a diving header from a Charlie Cooke cross. Jackie Charlton should have been marking Osgood but had 'lost' him while chasing Hutchinson to exact retribution for a deadleg administered in the Chelsea penalty area a minute or so earlier.
  10. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    A sad day for football. RIP

    He came from a great North East football family and he managed NUFC for a short while. The following is from NUFC.com

    Charlton's season in charge at SJP came about following our promotion from Division Two in 1984, when financial wrangles saw Manager Arthur Cox resign and follow Kevin Keegan down Barrack Road.

    Without a club following a brief caretaker spell at Boro, Newcastle fan Jack allowed himself to be talked into taking the job by his uncle, one Jackie Milburn.

    Refusing a contract and imposed an initial 12 month limit in the post, Jack was to survive slightly longer than that - but not much – quitting after being barracked in a pre-season game against Sheffield United although barely 5,000 fans were at SJP.

    In retrospect he should have followed his instincts and turned down the job, as his attempts to reshape the side into a more solid, less entertaining outfit didn't find favour on or off the field.

    In despair after his side turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-5 draw at QPR, the likes of Pat Heard and Gary Megson arrived and a new strike duo of Tony Cunningham and George Reilly saw Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley redeployed in other roles.

    As a player Jack had famously served Leeds United and England, picking up a World Cup Winners medal in 1966 alongside his brother, Bobby.

    A managerial career that had seen him taste success at both Boro and Sheffield Wednesday resumed its upward progress following his departure from Gallowgate.

    Appointed Republic of Ireland boss in 1986, Charlton earned himself hero status in the Emerald Isle for their exploits in both World Cup & European Championship finals over the following decade.
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  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Jackie Charlton used to present a TV show years ago when he would shoot various creatures in a hunting, fishing type show.

    I can still remember a quote from one of the reviews of this show...

    "Jackie Charlton massacres wildlife in the Norfolk Broads"
  12. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Indeed. Men could be be men back then.
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  13. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I was particularly moved by his presentation of an award to his brother, and the obvious respect and affection there, despite their sad estrangement. Yes, a man who was unafraid to reveal that emotion in public.
  14. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Occasional commenter

    Sorry, made a mess of replying to a quote; early days!
  15. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Occasional commenter

    I read in one of the papers today that whilst Mr Chartlton was managing the Magpies, one of the youth players was Paul Gascoigne, whom he described as "a chubby boy". Made me smile.
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  16. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Not a football fan at all, but I certainly know he was one of the 'old school greats'. RIP, Jack.
  17. Spoofer4114

    Spoofer4114 Lead commenter

    Charlton and Clough. Working class heroes.


    R.I.P. big fella.
  18. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Stories abound about him. I particularly like the one about him always paying for drinks and meals in Ireland by cheque because he knew the landlord would never cash it but frame it and put it behind the bar! Saw him play once, against Birmingham City.

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