Jack Charlton

Footballer and Manager
Born May 8, 1935

John "Jack" Charlton, OBE, DL is an English former footballer and manager who played for Leeds United in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and was part of the England team who won the 1966 World Cup. He is the brother of former Manchester United and England footballer Sir Bobby Charlton.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Charlton.


1935 Birth Born into a footballing family in Ashington, Northumberland on 8 May 1935, Charlton was initially overshadowed by his younger brother Bobby, who was taken on by Manchester United while Jack was doing his National Service with the Household Cavalry. … Read More


1953 18 Years Old …  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. … Read More
1954 19 Years Old His National Service limited his contribution to Leeds, and he made only one appearance in the 1954–55 season.


1955 - 1956 2 More Events
1957 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He regained his place in the 1957–58 season, and stopped his partying lifestyle as he settled down to married life.
1958 - 1961 3 More Events
1962 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Revie told Charlton that he was prepared to let him go in 1962, but never actually transfer listed him. … Read More
1963 28 Years Old Aided by new midfield signing Johnny Giles, the "Peacocks" put in a strong promotion challenge and finished fifth, before securing promotion as champions in the 1963–64 campaign, topping the table two points ahead of Sunderland. … Read More


1965 30 Years Old 1 More Event
With Charlton approaching his 30th birthday, he was called up by Alf Ramsey to play for England against Scotland at Wembley on 10 April 1965. … Read More
1966 - 1968 3 More Events
1969 34 Years Old He won five caps in 1969, helping England to a memorable 5–0 win over France and scoring in a 1–0 win over Portugal from a corner taken by his brother Bobby.
1970 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Charlton caused controversy early in the 1970–71 season as in an October appearance on the Tyne Tees football programme, he said he'd once had a "little black book" of names of players whom he intended to hurt or exact some form of revenge upon during his playing days. … Read More
1971 36 Years Old Leeds finished second in the 1971–72 season for the third successive time, this time ending up just one point behind champions Derby County after losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the final day of the season. … Read More
1973 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He was offered the job as manager of Second Division club Middlesbrough on his 38th birthday in 1973. … Read More
1974 39 Years Old He continued to manage and change every aspect of the club, and took the decision to disassemble the club's scouting network to instead focus on local talent in Northumberland and Durham. His only major new signing of the 1974–75 season was Terry Cooper, a former Leeds United teammate. … Read More


1975 40 Years Old Building for the 1975–76 campaign he signed Phil Boersma from Liverpool to replace Murdoch, but Boersma never settled at the club and was frequently injured. … Read More
1976 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite the team's steady progress the club's board voted to sack Charlton in July 1976 after becoming increasingly concerned that he was overstepping his authority in negotiating business deals on behalf of the club and choosing the club's strip. … Read More
He kept Boro as a stable top-flight club before he resigned in April 1977. … Read More
1978 - 1983 4 More Events
In March 1984, Malcolm Allison left Middlesbrough and Charlton agreed to manage the club until the end of the 1983–84 to help steer the club away from the Second Division relegation zone. … Read More


1985 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Charlton resigned at the end of pre-season training for the 1985–86 campaign after fans at St James' Park started calling for his dismissal after the club failed to secure the signing of Eric Gates, who instead joined Lawrie McMenemy at Sunderland.
1988 - 1990 2 More Events
1992 57 Years Old …  Bobby did not see his mother after 1992 until her death on 25 March 1996 as a result of the feud, though he and Norma did attend her funeral.
1994 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  For his achievements Charlton was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 1994 by Lord Mayor Tomás Mac Giolla, the first Englishman to be given the honour since 1854. … Read More


1996 61 Years Old 1 More Event
He resigned in January 1996 and went into retirement. … Read More
1997 62 Years Old In 1997, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.
2005 70 Years Old Charlton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game. … Read More
2008 73 Years Old Though the two brothers remained distant, Jack presented Bobby with his BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award on 14 December 2008. … Read More
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