Jack Charlton dead at 85 – England 1966 World Cup winner, Leeds United legend and Ireland favourite passes away

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 along with younger brother Bobby.

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.

Central defender Charlton, older brother of former England and Manchester United midfielder Bobby, made his debut for Leeds in the old Division Two in 1953 and went on to become the bedrock of the great Leeds side built by former manager Don Revie.

He then went onto helped them win the First Division title in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.

He also raised the Jules Rimet Trophy with brother Bobby in 1966.

Jack went on to become the manager of Newcastle United for the 1984-85 season.

Charlton's resigned in 1985 and in December of that year he became the first non-Irish manager of the Republic of Ireland.

He became an unlikely national hero as he steered the Republic to their first major finals at Euro 88 in West Germany and two years later led them to their first World Cup finals at Italia 90.

Charlton, already hugely popular for getting them there, won the hearts of a nation and the rest of the footballing world as his side reached the quarter-finals.

After leading the Republic to the 1994 World Cup finals in the USA.

The tournament brought one of the most famous victories in Irish football history when they beat pre-tournament favourites Italy 1-0 in New Jersey.

Charlton made affectionate headlines around the world during his side's game with Mexico as he passionately protested on the touchline to get his water bottles to his players in the searing June heat. 

Ireland eventually lost to Holland in the last 16 and Charlton was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. In 1996, he was awarded honorary Irish citizenship.

Jack married Pat Kemp in 1958 and they have three children together.

Jack married Pat Kemp in 1958 and they have three children together

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