World cup winning England defender and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died, aged 85. He had earlier been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and going on to enjoy a successful and colourful career as a manager. Charlton scored 96 times for Leeds, making him the club’s 9th highest scorer in the club’s history.
A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumber land, 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 all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.
Charlton won 35 caps for England and played in every match during the 1966 World Cup which England went on to win, defeating West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley. He was part of the side which won the League Cup in 1968, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1968 and 1971, the First Division in 1968/69, the Charity Shield in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.
He won his first England cap against Scotland on April 10, 1965, and was part of Sir Alf Ramsay’s England World Cup squad in 1966. Charlton retired from playing at the end of the 1972/73 season, with his final game coming against Southampton on April 28, 1973.