Former Leeds United defender and World Cup winner for England, Jack Charlton, has died aged 85. The iconic footballer was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, and also had dementia. One of football’s most prolific defenders and greatest characters, Jack was a part of the World Cup team of ’66 which led England to victory, alongside brother Bobby.
With Leeds, Charlton had a record number of appearances with 773 over a 23-year period, winning the League Cup, 2x Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, 1st Division, Charity Shield, FA Cup & World Cup, and great success with the Republic of Ireland.
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.”As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.”His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
Leeds fans have shared their condolences via social media:
Rest in peace, Jack.