Former British footballer Jack Charlton, known as “Big Jack”, world champion in 1966 and Bobby’s older brother, died on Friday at the age of 85, announced his former club Leeds United.
The older brother of the legendary Bobby, the central defender for the 35 caps with the England team (6 goals), died “at home in Northumberland,” his family says, in a statement published by his former club Leeds United.
Arrived in Leeds in just 15 years in 1950, Jack Charlton played his first pro match in 1953 and wore the club’s colors for twenty-three years, a total of 773 games played.
He had to wait until the end of his career to garner his club record with the title of Champions of England in 1969, an English Cup in 1972 and two cups to the fairgrounds (ancestor of the UEFA Cup and Europa League) in 1968 and 1971 under the command of Don Revie.
He also scored 96 goals, making him the ninth top scorer in history for the North England club.
“Saint Jack” with the help of Eire
As a coach, he made the great season for Ireland for ten years and was nicknamed “Saint Jack” by leading Eire in the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, two years after a victory at England at Euro-1988 remained in memory. In 1994, he took back the Irish Greens until the 16th World Cup in the United States.
The saga ended in 1996, but these exploits made him one of the rare personalities to receive Irish citizenship on an honorary basis.
On the occasion of his 85th birthday, on May 8, former Liverpool striker and Irishman John Aldridge also described him as “the best manager”.
High and troll, tongue hung, Jack was just the opposite of his brother Bobby Charlton, 82, much more reserved in the media.
The two brothers who fell into each other’s arms following the historic victory in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany in Wembley (4-2) and were entitled to a parade of great fanfare in the mining town of Ashington, where their father Bob had worked as a prison, had for a long time disturbed the family stories.
“There’s nothing to be sad about,” Bobby told the Guardian in 2007. “He’s a big boy, I’m a boy too, and you have to move on. I will not ruin the rest of my life and worry about my brother. and I’m sure he’s doing the same thing. “