Football mourns death of a legend
The football world is today mourning the passing of a man known fondly throughout the game. England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.
Charlton enjoyed a successful 20-year playing career with Leeds United and was an integral part of the triumphant England World Cup winning side of 1966, together with his brother Bobby.
Following his glittering playing career, Charlton spent over 20 years in management which concluded with a 9-year stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The success he brought to the EIRE national team, including taking them to the World Cup quarter finals in 1990, made him just as popular there as he was in England.
For Sheffield Wednesday fans of a certain age, Charlton will be well remembered for the spell he had as manager at Hillsborough between 1977-1983. The mid-70’s were a dark time for Owls fans – a period which has been described as the lowest ebb in the entire history of the club. The arrival of Charlton signalled an end to those times with the Geordie leading the Owls to promotion from 3rd division in 1980 and laying the foundations for success in division two that Howard Wilkinson was able to take forward.
Jack Charlton was a football man and the mere mention of the name ‘Big Jack’ would likely bring a smile to the face of anyone who knows the game. He will be sorely missed but fondly remembered and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time. God Bless Big Jack.