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Football player for Leeds and England; manager of the Irish national side and World Cup winner.
Date of birth: 8th May 1935 (Ashington).
League appearances: 629 for Leeds United - a club record (70 goals).
England internationals: 35 Full caps (6 goals).
Other honours: World Cup (1966); Inter-Cities’ Fairs Cup (1968-71); League Championship (1968-69); FA Cup (1972); League Cup (1968); Footballer of the Year (1967);
Manager of the Year – Middlesborough (1974).
Managerial career: Middlesborough (1973-77); Sheffield Wednesday (1977-83); Newcastle United (1984); Republic of Ireland (1986-95).

 

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Jack Charlton achieved more as a player and manager than almost any other man in the history of English Football.  Certainly, few can rival his record in the World Cup.  A tall, determined centre-half in the only English side to win the greatest of all the world game's competitions, Jack Charlton returned twice to the premier stage as manager of the Republic of Ireland.

Even more remarkable than Jack Charlton's achievements at the highest level was the timing of them. For both on and off the pitch, the greatest successes came the man's way just when they seemed likely to elude him.

As a player he had long lived in the shadow of his famous brother, Bobby, when at 29 years of age he joined his younger sibling in the England set-up. Already a fixture in the defence of Don Revie's emerging Leeds United, Jack Charlton's elevation to Alf Ramsey's squad heralded the onset of the most glorious of sporting twilights.

For, during this period Charlton competed successfully on two fronts.  At club level, Leeds challenged relentlessly for titles and trophies, while England depended on “The Giraffe” as the team moved on from World Cup glory to the 1968 European Nations finals, finishing third.  Thereafter, Jack Charlton played his part in the build-up to the 1970 World Cup Finals, helping England qualify for the tournament in Mexico.

Moving into management in 1973, his impact was immediate as Middlesborough galloped to promotion from division two.  Going on to manage Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, Jack Charlton next took over the reins of the Eire side.  Galvanising his adopted nation's team he led it to the finals of the 1988 European Championships before confirming his status as national Irish hero by guiding the Republic to the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup.


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