BREAKING NEWS: 1966 World Champion in 1966 and former Ireland manager Jack Charlton dies aged 85 after battle with lymphoma and dementia
England 1966 World Cup hero Jack Charlton passed away at the age of 85.
The former defender, who played Leeds United with distinction for 21 years and later led the Republic of Ireland, died after a long illness.
A statement from the Charlton family said, “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85.
“He was at home in Northumberland with his family by his side.
1966 English World Cup hero Jack Charlton (right) passed away at the age of 85
Charlton is an excellent defender and is seen on the ball during England’s famous victory over Germany
Charlton spent his entire playing career with Leeds United and later led Ireland
In addition to being a friend to many, he was also a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the joy he has brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and sincere man who always had time for people.
“His loss will leave a huge hole in our whole lives, but we are thankful for a life full of happy memories.”
Charlton made a club record of 773 appearances for Leeds over a 21-year period between 1952 and 1973 and was considered one of the best defenders of the game.
He helped the Yorkshire club win the title in the second division in 1963-64 and then in the first division in 1968-69.
This successful Leeds-based team also won the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968 and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1968 and 1971.
Despite being called to the English team only days before his 30th birthday, Charlton won 35 caps and, along with his younger brother Bobby, raised the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966.
He also helped England finish third at the 1968 European Championship and was elected FWA Footballer of the Year in 1967.
After hanging up his boots, Charlton worked as a manager and Middlesbrough took the top flight in 1974 before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.
But he is most fondly remembered as the manager of Ireland for a decade from 1986, reaching the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup and also qualifying for Euro 1988 and the 1994 World Cup.
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