The Leeds United family lost another member when Jack Charlton sadly passed away on the 10th July; the same day our legendary former manager Don Revie would have been 93 years old. This follows the loss of Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry in April.
Jack spent his entire club career at Leeds United as a 15-year-old apprentice from 1950 to a seasoned international in1973 – making 773 appearances. A record unlikely to be beaten. A real one-club man.
He made his debut on 25 April 1953 against Doncaster Rovers, taking John Charles’ place at centre-half after Charles was moved up to centre-forward. He became a pillar of a player alongside Norman for Revie’s great Leeds United team and alongside Bobby Moore for England’s World Cup-winning side.
He won a League Championship, a Second Division Championship, the FA and League Cups, two Fairs Cups and several runners-up medals. He was Footballer of the Year in 1967.
Throughout his career, he won a total of 35 caps for England, scoring six goals for his country and winning the World Cup in 1966, alongside his brother Bobby. He was appointed an OBE in 1974.
Charlton retired from playing at the end of the 1972/73 season having scored 96 times for Leeds to make him the club’s ninth highest scorer.
As a club manager, Middlesbrough won promotion as Second Division Champions in 1974, winning Jack the Manager of the Year trophy in the process. He also won promotion with Sheffield Wednesday and managed Newcastle United.
As a manager with the Republic of Ireland, he competed on even terms with the best international sides for several years taking his adopted country to the Euro’s in 1988 and two World Cup’s in 1990 and 1994 becoming a folk hero.
We at the Trust have been working on a fitting tribute for Jack all year and we hope to continue this now, even more so, for his legacy at the club to be remembered for ever.
Big Jack turned 85 in May but had been ill for a while and we are all devasted by the loss and send our heartfelt condolences to Jack’s wife Pat and his immediate family and friends and former teammates. He will be sadly missed.
RIP Big Jack.