Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Former Leeds United defender and England World cup winner Jack Charlton has died at 85. He passed away on Friday night after battling a long term illness, according to Leeds and his family. Charlton battled Lymphoma and dementia for a long time
He played in 35 international games for England, and he played in every match until they won against West Germany at the World Cup finals in 1966 at Wembley. Charlton has made a club record of 773 appearances for Leeds over 23 years. He also won many awards and honors whiles playing for Leeds United.
He was honored with the first Division Title in 1969, the FA cup in 1972, and two inter-cities Fairs Cup. He began to manage the Republic of Ireland national team in February 1986 and led the team to their very first world cup in 1990, and they made it to the quarter-finals. He also led them to a successful qualification for the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1998. He managed Middlesbrough with whom he won the manager of the year in the first season, he managed Sheffield and New Castle, became the caretaker of Middlesbrough again at some point in time, all between 1973 to 1996.
Charlton was born into a footballing family in Ashington. His brother, uncle’s, and mother’s cousin are all footballers. At Just age 15, he was offered a trial at Leeds United. “This part of the world produced its fair share of footballers, and nobody was particularly impressed if a lad went away to play professional football. We never used to say going away to play football, and we just used to say ‘going away.'”
He married Pat Kemp in 1958, with whom he has three children.
Because of the kind, loving, and great veteran he is, he will be remembered by his family, friends, fans, and teammates.
A statement released by his family 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 our lives, but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories”.
Former Ireland forward, who played under Charlton, Tony Cascarino described Charlton as a funny, sensitive, humble, and very loyal family man. Humble in the sense that he never once mentions his World Cup win or praised himself in any form.
The Football Association of Ireland also took to Twitter to extend their heartfelt condolences. The English Football League remembers his club record and his World Cup win.
“Another massively sad day for the fans and clubs as we lose another legend. R.i.p big jack, if there was ever a prominent year for us to go up, it’s now, let’s do it for Jack, Norman, and Trevor,” added Leeds United supporter’s trust.
Ray Houghton, one of Charlton’s Ireland internationals said he was deeply shocked, according to him, people did not appreciate Charlton’s World Cup win, and he is disgusted, “winning the World cup, but he was never knighted for that, and I think that’s an absolute disgrace.” Still, all in all, he is sad about the loss.
Charlton will be remembered especially for his sense of humor. Let’s not forget the one time he met the pope in 1990 and claimed he was more famous than him or when he told Tony Cascarino that the last time he watched him play, he was absolute garbage after Tony had to Charlton he wanted to play for Ireland again.
Indeed he’s gone, but it’s evident that he left a mark behind. He left an outstanding reputation behind and will be remembered for it from now till July 10 of every year. Our deepest condolences to his family, especially his three children and wife, may we meet again.