England World Cup legend Jack Charlton dies at 85

England World Cup legend Jack Charlton dies at 85 He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and enjoying a successful and colorful career as a manager.
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July 11, 2020 13:14
England World Cup legend Jack Charlton dies at 85

The former Leeds and England defender who won a World Cup winner's medal in 1966, has died. Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.

He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and enjoying a successful and colorful career as a manager.

One of English football's most popular and larger-than-life characters, he had spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, and the Republic of Ireland, who he guided to their first major finals at Euro 88 and two more in the space of 10 years.

A family statement read: "Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10, at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side. 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 became the bedrock of the great Leeds side built by former manager Don Revie.

Charlton won the 1968-69 league title with Leeds, the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968, and two Uefa Cups, in 1968 and 1971.

His golden moment as a player came at Wembley in 1966 when he and brother Bobby were team-mates in England's World Cup win against West Germany after extra time.