Jack Charlton: tributes for 1966 World Cup winner
The 1966 World Cup winner has been remembered as "one of the greatest" following his passing, with his impact both as a player and manager recognised.
Geoff Hurst said the football world has "lost one of the greats " as tributes poured in for Jack Charlton after the World Cup winner died aged 85 on Friday. It was announced on Saturday that the Leeds United and England great had passed away following a long battle with ill health.
Charlton won 35 caps for England and was part of the squad that lifted the World Cup on home soil in 1966.
The inspirational centre-back made a record 773 appearances during 23 years with Leeds, winning the league title in 1969 as well as the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Fairs Cup twice.
Charlton went on to become a manager and led the Republic of Ireland to their first major tournament at the 1988 European Championship before masterminding a run to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals.
Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in England's World Cup final win over West Germany, said Charlton will be hugely missed.
"Another sad day for football. Jack was the type of player and person that you need in a team to win a World Cup," he tweeted.
"He was a great and loveable character and he will be greatly missed. The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend."
Paul McGrath and John Aldridge were key members of Charlton's Ireland squad and they expressed their sadness at his passing.
Another sad day for football. Jack was the type of player and person that you need in a team to win a World Cup. He was a great and loveable character and he will be greatly missed . The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 11, 2020
Former centre-back McGrath tweeted: "Absolutely gutted. Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya."
Aldridge, the prolific ex-Liverpool striker, posted on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away! What a football man. Loved and adored, specially [sic] in Ireland.
Absolutely gutted— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 11, 2020
Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya
Thinking of Pat, John and Peter at this sad time #thanksforthememories pic.twitter.com/qstCVbCK4C
"The best manager I was lucky to play for. The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless! My thoughts are with Pat and the family! RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !!"
A message on the Football Association of Ireland's Twitter account said: "The FAI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever."
Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away!What a football man,,Loved and adored,specially in Ireland.The best manager I was lucky to play for.The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless !my thoughts are with pat and the family!RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !!— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) July 11, 2020
A post from the England national teams on the same platform said: "We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with Jack's family, friends and former clubs."
Tony Cascarino, who also played under Charlton for Ireland, also paid tribute.
We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed away.— England (@England) July 11, 2020
Our deepest sympathies are with Jack’s family, friends and former clubs. pic.twitter.com/eSGjbOpo7Y
"A very funny man, a very sensitive man, a very loyal man, a family man," Cascarino told talkSPORT.
"I knew he was bed-ridden over the past 19 days. It's very sad and I'd like to think I'd remember Jack for very happy reasons."
He added: "He was fabulous. It feels like I've lost a family member. Out of all the years I knew Jack, he never talked about winning the World Cup once; he never mentioned it."
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