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BREAKING NEWS: English world champion and former Irish coach Jack Charlton dies at the age of 85


BREAKING NEWS: The 1966 English world champion and former Irish coach Jack Charlton dies at the age of 85 after fighting lymphoma and dementia

  • Charlton died peacefully on Friday at the age of 85 with his family by his side
  • The defender was part of England's famous team that won the World Cup in 1966
  • He represented Leeds United with distinction for 21 years and played 773 games
  • Charlton has been well remembered for being responsible for the Republic of Ireland for his decade
  • He led her to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy
  • After the news program, honors poured in from all over the football world

The English World Cup hero Jack Charlton from 1966 died at the age of 85.

The former defender, who played for Leeds United for 21 years and later headed the Republic of Ireland, died after a battle against dementia and lymphoma.

A Charlton family statement said: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10, at the age of 85.

He was at home in Northumberland with his family by his side.

The English hero Jack Charlton (right), who won the World Cup in 1966, died at the age of 85

Charlton is an excellent defender and is seen on the ball in England's famous win over Germany

Charlton is an excellent defender and is seen on the ball in England's famous win over Germany

Charlton spent his entire career at Leeds United and later headed Ireland

Charlton spent his entire career at Leeds United and later headed Ireland

He was not only a friend of many, but also a very revered husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he has led and the joy he has given so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and sincere man who always had time for people.

"His loss will leave a big hole in our whole life, but we are thankful for a life full of happy memories."

Honors poured in from football clubs and personalities around the world.

Charlton set a club record of 773 appearances for Leeds over a period of 21 years between 1952 and 1973 and was considered one of the best defenders of the game.

An avid Charlton wins the FA Cup at Wembley after Leeds United defeated Arsenal in 1972

An avid Charlton wins the FA Cup at Wembley after Leeds United defeated Arsenal in 1972

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

His defensive performances were recognized by Charlton as FWA Soccer Player of the Year in 1967

His defensive performances were recognized by Charlton as FWA Soccer Player of the Year in 1967

He helped the Yorkshire Club 1963-64 to win the second division title and 1968-69 the first division.

This successful team from Leeds won the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968 and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1968 and 1971.

Though Charlton was called to the English team just days before his 30th birthday, he won 35 caps and won the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966 with younger brother Bobby.

He helped England to third place at the 1968 European Championship and was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in between.

Charlton is fondly remembered for his accomplishments in the administration of the Republic of Ireland

Charlton is fondly remembered for his accomplishments in the administration of the Republic of Ireland

Charlton introduced himself later in life to the funeral of the former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Charlton introduced himself later in life to the funeral of the former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

After hanging up his boots, Charlton worked as a manager and put Middlesbrough in the lead group in 1974 before moving to Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

Most of all, he is remembered as an Irish coach for a decade from 1986, when they reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup and also qualified for the 1988 Euro and 1994 World Cup.

More will follow.

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