ENGLAND WORLD CUP legend Jack Charlton has died aged 85 after a long-term illness.
The former centre back was part of the legendary squad that won the World Cup in 1966.
Jack Charlton has died aged 85 after a long-term illness[/caption]
Jack Charlton (centre) during the FIFA World Cup Final between England and West Germany at Wembley Stadium in London on July 30, 1966[/caption]
Jack with his victorious England team celebrate with the Jules Rimet Trophy after the FIFA World Cup Final between England and West Germany[/caption]
The legend died peacefully yesterday at his home in Northumberland with his family by his side.
In a statement, his family said: “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.”
Jack spent his entire club career at Leeds United from 1950 to 1973 – making 773 appearances.
The club today said they were “deeply saddened” by the news.
He helped them win the First Division title in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.
He is the older brother of former Manchester United player Bobby Charlton – who he raised the Jules Rimet Trophy with in 1966.
Jack went on to become the manager of Newcastle United for the 1984-85 season.
He became manager of the Republic of Ireland team in February 1986.
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He led the squad to their first ever World Cup in 1990 – where they reached the quarter-finals.
He retired in January 1996.
Jack married Pat Kemp in 1958 and they have three children together.
Jackie lifts the trophy for Leeds United after winning the FA Cup in 1971[/caption]
Jack carries teammate Alan Ball while the celebrate becoming world champions in 1966[/caption]
The legend became the Republic of Ireland manager, pictured here after the FIFA World Cup 1990[/caption]
Jack Charlton as a baby[/caption]
Jack, left, and Bobby Charlton enjoy a drink with their mum Cissie after the World Cup Semi-Final win over Portugal [/caption]
Jack married Pat Kemp in 1958 and they have three children together