London (AP) — Jack Charlton, uncompromising Central defender, who played together with his brother, Bobby, to win the World Cup in England in 1966 before enjoying success with coaching Ireland, died. He was 85.
Nicknamed “Big Jack” and is celebrated for his earthly “beer and cigarettes” image Charlton was player of the year in England in 1967. He has spent his entire club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying his record 773 appearances. He has won every domestic honour, including the title in 1969.
The Charlton family said he died at home on Friday in Northumberland.
“As well as many others, he was such a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” the family said in a statement. “We can’t Express how proud we are of extraordinary life that he led, and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was thoroughly honest, kind, cheerful and sincere man who always found time for people. His loss will leave a huge hole in our lives, but we are grateful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
His biggest achievement came against England who beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the final of the world Cup in 1966 in Wembley stadium.
Bobby, his younger brother, played in the midfield. Jack celebrated the victory of the party in the house of a random person in North London, eventually sleeping on the floor. What was characteristic of a man who continued to talk, despite his fame and remained friendly nature, love the simple pleasures of life.
“I drove back the next morning and my mother played hell, as if I did not sleep the whole night,” recalled Charlton. “I said, ‘Mom, we just won the world Cup.”
Charlton made 35 appearances for England between 1965-70, also played in the European championship in 1968 and 1970 World Cup. Very different of the player of Bobby, who was once the top scorer for England and Manchester United, Jack was in the shadow of his brother during his playing career.
It was obvious from an early age that Bobby is “going to play for England and be a great player,” Jack recalled in an interview with bi-Bi-si 1997. “He was strong, the left and right foot, good balance, good skills. He had all of our baby. I was more than 6 feet (1.8 meters). Leggy. Giraffe, I finished be called.”
All in England of the world Cup to go to the office, Jack Charlton was the most successful. He had a brief but impressive spell in the North-East clubs Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before being hired in Ireland in 1986 as the first foreign coach.
The adoption of a direct, physical and attacking style, Charlton got the best out of hardworking players in Ireland and sent them to three major tournaments including the 1990 world Cup, where the Irish reached the quarter-finals. Ireland also played at Euro 1988 and the 1994 World Cup under Charlton.
“You get the ball forward, you compete, you loved ones, do You create excitement, you will win the ball when you don’t have to win balls, to dedicate themselves to the game,” said Charlton in the style of Ireland. “Many experts do not like it, but the team we played against hated him. They have never experienced anything like what we dictating to them … we were for anybody in the world.”
Charlton said that his best memory as a coach Ireland beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne road in 1987. He resigned in 1995 after losing in the play-offs of Euro 1996 in the Netherlands. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship after a year. Life-size monument of him was erected at the airport of cork, depicting him wearing fishing gear and holding a salmon — a favorite Recalling Charlton fishing.
“I am as much Irish as I am English,” said Charlton, who was given the freedom of Dublin.
Born may 8, 1935, in sandy areas in the North of England, Charlton worked at the mine as a teenager before going on view in Leeds. He grew up in a football family, cousin to Newcastle great Jackie Milburn as his uncle Jack, George, Jimmy and Stan all played professionally. “He left me no choice but to become a football player,” said Charlton.
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