Jack Charlton
English footballer and manager
Jack Charlton
John "Jack" Charlton, OBE, DL is a 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 Bobby Charlton.
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Alf Ramsey (1963 - 1974)
Yahoo News - 6 months
Notable High: Winning the 1966 World Cup. Notable Low: Failing to qualify for 1974 World Cup. Alf Ramsey was appointed in 1963 and had soon declared that England would win the World Cup three years later, a statement he later admitted he made without any particular reason other than his own belief. The fact that he did it is enough to label Sir Alf number one. The former Tottenham defender made sure he wasn't hampered by the same selection problems that plagued his predecessor and insisted that he must be allowed to pick the players that best fitted his system and not simply the best individuals. It was a tactic that saw the likes of World Cup heroes Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles and even Geoff Hurst given a chance that might not otherwise have come. 
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Tommy Henderson: Bobby Collins was Leeds United’s best signing
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 3 years
Former Leeds United winger and roommate of the late Bobby Collins, Tommy Henderson, talks to Phil Hay about the legendary Whites midfielder. They will say goodbye to Bobby Collins on Thursday, packing out Leeds Minster to remember the Scotsman’s life and career. If you judge a man by his friends then Collins was the best of them, as the turn-out as his funeral will show. Leeds United’s entire first-team squad are due to attend the service with manager Brian McDermott and his coaching team. United’s old guard will be present too alongside many others who played with Collins during his distinguished years in English and Scottish football. All have stories of his attitude, his brilliance and his professionalism; the perfect footballer or something close. The days since his death at the age of 82 and the tributes paid to Collins by the great and the good make you wonder if Leeds ever had a better player. Some at Elland Road were more long-serving than him and others had more success but ...
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Leeds United nostalgia: McQueen move still rankles with fans
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 4 years
It’s fair to say Gordon McQueen’s biggest Leeds United legacy is nothing to do with his redoubtable qualities as a centre-half – there were few better in the 1970s. More to do in the manner of his leaving, with the big Scot’s seismic move to Old Trafford in the winter of 1978 proving the catalyst to the bitterness between Leeds United and Manchester United reaching new levels of rancour. Who says so? The man himself. Truth be told, the move of his big mate Joe Jordan to the Red Devils just a month before his own departure hardly helped. But it was McQueen’s exit that proved the straw that broke the camel’s back. McQueen received dog’s abuse from Leeds fans, adamant he ‘left for the money’. But that’s a charge he will forever refute: “Everyone was saying it was money. But I was actually worse off when I left because I had a car when I was at Leeds United, but never had one at Man United and it was the same wages! “I went because Leeds weren’t the ambitious club they had been previous ...
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Leeds United: Your 1970s Match of the Decade revealed
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
Allan Clarke is best remembered for his decisive goal in the 1972 FA Cup final between Leeds United and Arsenal. The moment was so special to Clarke that his winners’ medal was omitted from a lot of honours auctioned by him late last year but even he would admit that United’s performance at Wembley was second-best in the 1971-72 season. The striker felt as privileged to be part of the team who dismantled Southampton at Elland Road two months earlier, a game selected by Yorkshire Evening Post readers as United’s greatest match of the 1970s. Brilliance He scored twice in a 7-0 win which showed Leeds in the most admirable light, highlighting the brilliance of Don Revie’s squad. Clarke, who managed United and three other clubs after retiring as a player, told the YEP: “I had 12 years in management and I look back on that game with a manager’s point of view. “For as long as you’re in the game you’re always looking for that perfect performance and that perfect 90 minutes. To me those 9 ...
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FIFA 12 Euro 2012 DLC Review [XBox 360]
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Bucking the trend of releasing completely stripped back versions of their game to temporarily satiate the clamor of the Euro 2012 tournament market, EA Sports instead chose to release the Euro 2012 special comes in the form of a download-only expansion pack. It makes sense, given the scope for a lower price point, and the initial promise of being able to play as every team from the tournament looked a good draw, especially given the sweet comfort offered in virtual reality when the reality of our own tournament will be as stark and disappointing as ever. Developers occasionally use the opportunity of the tournament special releases to try out new things, in anticipation of the next main release as with EA Sports’ surprisingly good World Cup 2012, but it clearly isn’t the case here. The gameplay, visuals and general experience of the game remain exactly the same as in FIFA 12, which of course isn’t a terrible thing, given our own 4.5 star review, and it’s ...
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Jack Charlton recovering after fall
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Former Republic of Ireland manager <a class="fplink fp-491268" href="/Jack+Charlton+1">Jack Charlton</a> was recovering in hospital tonight after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.
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England World Cup winner Jack Charlton forced to crawl to phone after breaking hip in fall
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
Jack, part of the 1966 England World Cup winning team, also suffered a nasty knock to his head during the tumble down stairs at his home in Morpeth, Northumberland.
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Jack Charlton breaks hip after Leeds and Ireland legend falls at home
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
England 1966 World Cup winner <a class="fplink fp-491268" href="/Jack+Charlton+1">Jack Charlton</a> had to crawl for help after breaking his hip in a fall at home on Tuesday night.
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The Lone Ranger
Seguin Gazette - about 5 years
Jack Carlton Moore, who adopted the stage-name "Clayton Moore" at the suggestion of his agent, was born in Chicago in 1914. By the time he was eight years old he was a circus acrobat. By 1934 he had b
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have your say - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
We all know about Jack Charlton and how he &#39;discovered&#39; soccer for the nation. So how come I now watch Ireland play via teletext? Breaking a long-held vow, I watched them v Russia on Tuesday night. I never saw a poorer Ireland side . . . ever
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James Lawton: Ireland cannot afford to jettison old Trap - Irish Independent
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The 72-year-old Italian, who is now so artfully making his case for extended service to the Irish cause, has not enjoyed the playing resources of either his fabled predecessor Jack Charlton or Mick McCarthy, but at no point, and least of all when his
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Ellesmere Port Vauxhall workers find fame in TV advert - Ellesmere Port Pioneer
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The advert concludes with the England football team lining up at Wembley stadium while legends Jack Charlton and Peter Shilton mingle with the crowd. The campaign, first aired before the England versus Bulgaria European Championship qualifying match on
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Russia 0-0 Ireland - As It Happened - RTE.ie
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Jack Charlton watching from behind the couch somewhere... 1 min Lively start from Ireland but Russia get possession and start to knock it around. Arshavin puts pressure on Ward but out for goal kick. 1600 Westwood, Foley, Delaney, Lawrence, Hunt,
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Review: Soccer: Walk On - My Life In Red by Ronnie Whelan - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Whelan also writes at length about his difficult relationship with Jack Charlton. He had been a regular for the Irish team since 1981 (five years before Charlton took over) but found the gruff new boss hard to communicate with
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Vauxhall takes to TV with England football team - Marketing Week
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The “Supporting A Nation” campaign features the England team including Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole and football legends Jack Charlton and Peter Shilton alongside football fans and Vauxhall staff at Wembley Stadium
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Charlton
  • 2008
    Age 72
    Though the two brothers remained distant, Jack presented Bobby with his BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award on 14 December 2008.
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  • 2005
    Age 69
    Charlton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game.
    More Details Hide Details There is a life-size statue of him at Cork Airport in Ireland, representing him sitting in his fishing gear and displaying a salmon.
  • 1997
    Age 61
    In 1997, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.
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  • 1996
    Age 60
    He revealed in his 1996 autobiography that he had a strained relationship with his brother Bobby.
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    He resigned in January 1996 and went into retirement.
    More Details Hide Details He is married with three children.
  • 1994
    Age 58
    In 1994, he was made a Freeman of the city of Dublin, and was given a honorary doctorate by the University of Limerick.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ireland failed to qualify for Euro 96, despite a strong start to the group, when they won their opening three games, including a 4–0 win against Northern Ireland. The Republic's next game was also against Northern Ireland, although the result was a 1–1 draw. From that point onwards the Republic stuttered badly as injuries struck down key players such as Roy Keane, Andy Townsend, John Sheridan and Steve Staunton. After beating the highly fancied Portugal, the Irish then endured an embarrassing 0–0 draw to Liechtenstein (this was Liechtenstein's only point in their ten matches), before losing twice to Austria, on both occasions by three goals to one. Although they defeated Latvia, Ireland needed to beat Portugal in Lisbon to qualify outright, but lost 3–0. They finished second in the group, ahead of Northern Ireland on goal difference, but as the worst performing runners-up they had to win a play-off game at Anfield against the Netherlands; Ireland lost 2–0 after a brace from Patrick Kluivert. Charlton resigned shortly after the game.
  • 1992
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 54
    Qualification for the 1990 World Cup required Charlton to mastermind a top two finish in a group consisting of Spain, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Malta.
    More Details Hide Details The campaign started on hostile ground at Belfast's Windsor Park, and he had stand-in goalkeeper Gerry Peyton to thank for the point gained from a goalless draw with Northern Ireland. A series of injuries left only a skeleton squad to face Spain at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, leaving a recall for defender David O'Leary, and Ireland were well beaten 2–0. They then left Budapest's Népstadion with a point from another goalless draw, though they were criticised for not taking all three points after dominating the game. The next four fixtures would be played at Lansdowne Road, and all four games ended in victory. First they beat Spain 1–0 after an own goal from Míchel, then they overcame Malta and Hungary with 2–0 wins, before beating Northern Ireland 3–0. Qualification for Ireland's first World Cup was assured at the Ta' Qali National Stadium after John Aldridge scored both goals in another 2–0 victory.
  • 1988
    Age 52
    The build up to Euro 1988 in West Germany was far from ideal, as key player Mark Lawrenson was forced to retire after injuring his Achilles tendon, Liam Brady picked up a serious knee injury and Mark Kelly was also injured.
    More Details Hide Details The first match of the tournament was against England at the Neckarstadion, and Charlton reasoned that the threat posed by English wingers Chris Waddle and John Barnes could be nullified by allowing the English defence to feel comfortable on the ball without allowing them a pass; this made the build-up play slow and containable. His game-plan worked and Ireland claimed a 1–0 win after Ray Houghton secured an early lead. He then compensated for a series of injuries by playing Ronnie Whelan and Kevin Sheedy in central midfield, and was rewarded with a great performance and a good point in a 1–1 draw with the Soviet Union at the Niedersachsenstadion, Whelan scoring the goal. To qualify they only needed a point against the Netherlands at the Parkstadion, and Charlton devised a time-wasting plan with goalkeeper Packie Bonner that he was forced to abandon after referee Horst Brummeier was less than impressed. Ireland lost the game 1–0 after Wim Kieft scored an 82nd-minute goal. England and Ireland were eliminated whilst Netherlands and the Soviet Union qualified – both teams would go on to contest the final.
  • 1985
    Age 49
    Charlton was approached by the FAI to manage the Republic of Ireland in December 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first foreigner to be appointed to the role. In May 1986, Ireland won the Iceland Triangular Tournament at Laugardalsvöllur, in Iceland's capital of Reykjavík, with a 2–1 victory over Iceland and a 1–0 win over Czechoslovakia. By this time Charlton had developed his tactics, which were based on the traditional British 4–4–2 system, as opposed to the continental approach of using deep-lying midfielders, as he noted that most of the Ireland international players plied their trade in England. Crucially he instructed all members of his team to pressure opposition players and in particular force ball-playing defenders into mistakes. Qualification for Euro 1988 meant winning a group containing Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Scotland. The campaign opened with Belgium at the Heysel Stadium, and though Ireland contained danger man Nico Claesen, they had to settle for a 2–2 draw after conceding twice from corner-kicks; Frank Stapleton and Liam Brady scored the goals for Ireland. They then dominated Scotland at Lansdowne Road, but failed to find the net and instead drew 0–0. In the return fixture at Hampden Park Mark Lawrenson scored an early goal and another clean sheet won the Irish their first win of qualification. The campaign faltered with a 2–1 loss in Bulgaria, though Charlton was furious with referee Carlos Silva Valente as he felt that both of Lachezar Tanev's goals should not have counted as Nasko Sirakov allegedly pushed Mick McCarthy in the build-up to the first and he felt that Sirakov was outside the penalty box when he was fouled by Kevin Moran – Valente instead gave a penalty.
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 48
    He had little money to spend in preparation for the 1984–85 season, though he did have young talents in Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley.
    More Details Hide Details He signed midfielder Gary Megson and big striker George Reilly. The "Toon" finished safely in 14th place, and a teenage Paul Gascoigne was on the verge of breaking into the first team.
    Charlton was appointed manager of Newcastle United in June 1984 after being persuaded to take the job by Jackie Milburn.
    More Details Hide Details Arthur Cox had left the club after leading the "Magpies" to the First Division and key player Kevin Keegan announced his retirement. His first action was to release Terry McDermott from his contract, who refused to agree to Charlton's offer of a new contract.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was unpaid except for expenses and only took the job as a favour to his friend Mike McCullagh, who was the club's chairman. He kept "Boro" safely in 17th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
  • 1983
    Age 47
    Charlton announced his departure from Hillsborough in May 1983 despite pleas from the directors for him to stay.
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  • 1982
    Age 46
    In building for the 1982–83 campaign, Charlton signed experienced defender Mick Lyons from Everton and by Christmas Wednesday were top of the table.
    More Details Hide Details The club had a limited squad and successful cup runs took their toll, as did injuries to McCulloch and Brian Hornsby as they drifted down to sixth place by the close of the season. They reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2–1 to Brighton & Hove Albion at Highbury with key player Gary Megson out injured.
  • 1979
    Age 43
    Charlton's major acquisition for the 1979–80 campaign was signing Yugoslavia international midfielder Ante Miročević for a £200,0000 fee from FK Budućnost Podgorica.
    More Details Hide Details Miročević proved unable to handle the British winter but otherwise added flair to the team in fairer weather. Wednesday went on to secure promotion with a third-place finish and Curran finished as the division's top-scorer. As the 1980–81 season came around Wednesday had young talent such as Mark Smith, Kevin Taylor, Peter Shirtliff and Mel Sterland breaking into the first team. The club were comfortable in the Second Division, finishing in tenth position. Wednesday pushed for promotion in the 1981–82 season but ended just one place and one point outside the promotion places and would have actually been promoted under the old two points for a win system that was replaced by the three points for a win system at the beginning of the campaign.
  • 1978
    Age 42
    His priority in summer 1978 was to find a target man for Tommy Tynan to play alongside and he found it in Andrew McCulloch, who arrived from Brentford for a £70,000 fee.
    More Details Hide Details He signed Terry Curran as a winger but eventually moved him up front to play alongside McCulloch. He sold goalkeeper Chris Turner to Sunderland and replaced him with the bigger Bob Bolder. He further raised the average height of the team by signing uncompromising centre-half Mick Pickering from Southampton. The team failed to advance in the league, finishing the 1978–79 season again in 14th spot. They did make their mark on the FA Cup in the Third Round by taking eventual winners Arsenal to four replays before they eventually succumbed to a 2–0 defeat.
  • 1977
    Age 41
    He took the "Owls" to mid-table safety with a 14th-place finish in the 1977–78 season, though they did suffer embarrassment by being knocked out of the FA Cup by Northern Premier League side Wigan Athletic.
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    In October 1977, he replaced Len Ashurst as manager at Sheffield Wednesday, who were then bottom of the Third Division.
    More Details Hide Details He appointed as his assistant Maurice Setters, who had experience managing at that level but had effectively ruled himself out of another management job after taking Doncaster Rovers to court for unfair dismissal. The two agreed that while the standard of football in the division was low the work rates were high and so the best way to make progress would be to play long balls into the opposition penalty area whilst recruiting big defenders to avoid being caught out by opposition teams with similar tactics.
    He kept Boro as a stable top-flight club before he resigned in April 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He took charge of Sheffield Wednesday in October 1977, and led the club to promotion out of the Third Division in 1979–80. He left the Owls in May 1983, and went on to serve Middlesbrough as caretaker-manager at the end of the 1983–84 season. He worked as Newcastle United manager for the 1984–85 season. He took charge of the Republic of Ireland national team in February 1986, and led them to their first ever World Cup in 1990, where they reached the quarter-finals. He also led the nation to successful qualification to Euro 1988 and the 1994 World Cup.
  • 1976
    Age 40
    Middlesbrough finished the 1976–77 campaign in 12th place and Charlton left the club at the end of the season on the belief that four years was an optimum time with one group of players and that he had reached his peak with them – he later regretted his decision and stated that he could have led the club to a league title if he had stayed and signed two more top quality players.
    More Details Hide Details He applied for the job of England manager after Don Revie quit the role and after Brian Clough was ruled out by the Football Association but did not receive a reply to his application, and he vowed never to apply for another job again and instead wait until he was approached.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, the club chairman overruled the decision and Charlton remained in charge. With Hickton coming to the end of his career Charlton tried to sign David Cross as a replacement but refused to go above £80,000 and Cross instead went to West Ham United for £120,000.
  • 1975
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They finished in 13th place, and went on to win the Anglo-Scottish Cup with a 1–0 win over Fulham. They also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, and took a 1–0 lead over Manchester City into the second leg at Maine Road, where they were soundly beaten 4–0. However teams had begun to learn how to combat Charlton's attack strategy and left their centre-backs on the outside of the penalty box to neutralise the threat of Foggon.
  • 1974
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They adapted well to the First Division, finishing in seventh place, but would have finished fourth and qualified for Europe had Derby County not scored a last second goal against them on the last day of the season.
  • 1973
    Age 37
    The "Boro" secured promotion with seven games still to play of the 1973–74 season, and Charlton actually told his team to settle for a point away at Luton Town so they could win the title at home but his players ignored his instruction to concede a goal and the title was secured with a 1–0 win at Kenilworth Road.
    More Details Hide Details They won the title by a 15-point margin (at the time only two points were awarded for a win); in contrast promoted Carlisle United (3rd) finished only 15 points ahead of Crystal Palace (20th), who were relegated. He was named Manager of the Year, the first time that a manager outside of the top-flight had been given such an honour.
    He was offered the job as manager of Second Division club Middlesbrough on his 38th birthday in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He declined to be interviewed for the position, and instead handed the club a list of responsibilities he expected to take, which if agreed to would give him total control of the running of the club. He refused a contract, and would never sign a contract throughout his managerial career. He took a salary of £10,000 a year despite the chairman being willing to pay a lot more; his only stipulations were a gentleman's agreement that he would not be sacked, assurances that he would have no interference from the board in team affairs, and three days off a week for fishing and shooting. He decided to first repaint Ayresome Park and to publicise the upcoming league campaign so as to generate higher attendance figures. Charlton took advice from Celtic manager Jock Stein, who allowed him to sign right-sided midfielder Bobby Murdoch on a free transfer. Besides Murdoch the club already had ten players who Charlton moulded into a championship winning side: Jim Platt (goalkeeper), John Craggs (right-back), Stuart Boam and Willie Maddren (centre-backs), Frank Spraggon (left-back), David Armstrong (left midfield), Graeme Souness (central midfield), Alan Foggon (attacking midfield), John Hickton and David Mills (forwards). Some of these players were already settled at the club and in their positions, whilst Charlton had to work with some of the other players. He moved Souness from left midfield to central midfield to compensate for his lack of pace and coached him to play the ball forward rather than side to side as was his instinct.
  • 1971
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However Charlton managed to complete his list of domestic honours as Leeds beat Arsenal 1–0 in the FA Cup final; he kept Charlie George to a very quiet game as Leeds successfully defended their slender lead. Charlton was limited to 25 appearances in the 1972–73 campaign and suffered an injury in the FA Cup semi-final against Wolves which ended his season. After failing to regain his fitness for the final, he announced his retirement. Madeley played in his place but Gordon McQueen had been signed as his long-term replacement. He played his testimonial against Celtic, and was given £28,000 of the £40,000 matchday takings.
  • 1970
    Age 34
    In the summer of 1970, Ramsey named Charlton in his squad of 22 for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details However, he favoured Labone over Charlton and only picked Charlton for his 35th and final England game in the 1–0 group win over Czechoslovakia at the Estadio Jalisco. England lost in the quarter finals to West Germany, and on the flight home, Charlton asked Ramsey not to be considered for international duty again. Charlton agonised over how to break the news to Ramsey, and eventually said: "Great times... absolute privilege... getting older... slowing down... not sure I am up to it any more... time to step down." Ramsey listened, then agreed with him. "Yes, I had reached that conclusion myself."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was tried by the Football Association and was found not guilty of any wrongdoing after arguing that the press had misquoted him. He admitted that though he never actually had a book of names he had a short list of names in his head of players who had made nasty tackles on him and that he intended to put in a hard but fair challenge on those players if he got the opportunity in the course of a game. Leeds ended the season in second place yet again, as Arsenal overtook them with a late series of 1–0 wins despite Leeds beating Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season after Charlton scored the winning goal. The final tally of 64 points was a record high for a second-placed team. In the last ever season of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup they beat Sarpsborg FK (Norway), Dynamo Dresden (Germany), Sparta Prague (Czechoslovakia), Vitória (Portugal) and Liverpool to secure a place in the final against Italian club Juventus. They drew 2–2 at the Stadio Olimpico and 1–1 at Elland Road to win the cup on the away goals rule. They had the opportunity to win the cup permanently, but lost 2–1 to Barcelona at Camp Nou in the trophy play-off game.
  • 1969
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 32
    He was named in the squad for UEFA Euro 1968, but did not feature in either of England's games.
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  • 1967
    Age 31
    After the World Cup England lost the annual Home Championship to Scotland after a 3–2 defeat in April 1967, Charlton scored for the second successive international game running after also finding the net against Wales the previous November.
    More Details Hide Details He injured his foot during the game as he broke two sesamoid bones in his big toe. As his career went on he began to miss England games with niggling injuries so as to avoid friendly games in favour of playing important matches for Leeds; Brian Labone would take his place in the England team during Charlton's absences.
  • 1966
    Age 30
    He played in the World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966, and also helped England to finish third in Euro 1968 and to win four British Home Championship tournaments.
    More Details Hide Details He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1967. After retiring as a player he worked as a manager, and led Middlesbrough to the Second Division title in 1973–74, winning the Manager of the Year award in his first season as a manager.
  • 1965
    Age 29
    He played all nine England games in 1965, the final one being a 2–0 win over Spain at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details England opened the year of 1966 on 5 January with a 1–1 draw with Poland at Goodison Park; Ramsey's managerial ability was demonstrated during the game as the equalising goal came from Bobby Moore, who was allowed to surge forward as Charlton covered the gap he left behind in defence. Charlton played in six of the next seven international victories as England prepared for the World Cup. The run started with impressive victories over West Germany and then Scotland in front of 133,000 fans at Hampden Park. He scored his first international goal with a deflected shot on 26 June, as England recorded a 3–0 victory over Finland at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. He missed the match against Norway but returned to action with a headed goal in a 2–0 win over Denmark at Idrætsparken. England drew 0–0 in their opening group game of the World Cup against Uruguay after the South Americans came to play for a draw. They then beat Mexico 2–0 after a "tremendous goal" from Bobby Charlton opened up the game shortly before the half-time whistle. England beat France 2–0 in the final group game, with Charlton assisting Roger Hunt after heading the ball onto the post. England eliminated Argentina in the quarter finals with a 1–0 win – their efforts were greatly aided after Argentine centre-half Antonio Rattín was sent off for dissent, after which Argentina stopped attacking the ball and concentrated of holding out for a draw with their aggressive defending.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The game ended 2–2 despite England being forced to end the game with nine men after picking up two injuries; he assisted his brother Bobby for England's first goal. Ramsey later said that he picked Charlton to play alongside Bobby Moore as he was a conservative player able to provide cover to the more skilful Moore, who could get caught out if he made a rare mistake. The defence remained relatively constant in the build up to the 1966 FIFA World Cup: Gordon Banks (goalkeeper), Ray Wilson (left-back), Charlton and Moore (centre-backs), and George Cohen (right-back). After playing in a 1–0 win over Hungary the following month, Charlton joined England for a tour of Europe as they drew 1–1 with Yugoslavia and beat West Germany 1–0 and Sweden 2–1. He played in a 0–0 draw with Wales and a 2–1 win over Northern Ireland to help England win the British Home Championship, though sandwiched between these two games was a 3–2 defeat to Austria – the first of only two occasions he was on the losing side in an England shirt.
  • 1963
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other players that began to make their mark on the first team included Billy Bremner, Paul Madeley and Peter Lorimer, who would all remain with Leeds right up until the end of the 1970s. Leeds made an immediate impact on their first season back in the top flight, however the team gained a reputation for rough play, and Charlton admitted in his autobiography that "the way we achieved that success made me feel uncomfortable". They went 25 games unbeaten before losing to Manchester United at Elland Road – their title race meant that the two clubs built up an intense rivalry. Leeds needed a win in their final game of the season to secure the title but could only manage a 3–3 draw with Birmingham City at St Andrew's – Charlton scored the equalising goal on 86 minutes but they could not push on for a winner. They gained some measure of revenge over Man United by beating them 1–0 in the replay of the FA Cup semi-finals. Leeds met Liverpool in the final at Wembley, and the game went into extra-time after a goalless draw. Roger Hunt opened the scoring three minutes into extra-time, but seven minutes later Charlton headed on a cross for Bremner to volley into the net for the equaliser; with seven minutes left Ian St. John scored for Liverpool to win the game 2–1.
  • 1962
    Age 26
    The 1962–63 season was the beginning of a new era for Leeds United as Revie began to mould the team and the club into his own liking.
    More Details Hide Details In a game against Swansea Town in September, Revie dropped many senior players and played Charlton in a young new defensive line-up: Gary Sprake (goalkeeper), Paul Reaney (right-back), Norman Hunter and Charlton (centre-back), and Rod Johnson (left-back). With the exception of Johnson, this defensive line-up would remain consistent for much of the rest of the decade. Charlton took charge of the defence that day, and insisted upon a zonal marking system; Revie agreed to allow Charlton to become the key organiser in defence.
    Revie told Charlton that he was prepared to let him go in 1962, but never actually transfer listed him.
    More Details Hide Details Liverpool manager Bill Shankly failed to meet the £30,000 Leeds demanded for Charlton and though Manchester United manager Matt Busby was initially willing to pay the fee he eventually decided to instead try an untested youngster at centre-half. During these discussions Charlton refused to sign a new contract at Leeds, but felt frustrated by Busby's hesitance and so signed a new contract with Leeds whilst making a promise to Revie to be more professional in his approach.
  • 1961
    Age 25
    Revie played Charlton up front at the start of the 1961–62 season, but he soon moved him back to centre-half after he proved ineffective as a centre-forward.
    More Details Hide Details He soon became frustrated and difficult to manage, feeling in limbo playing for a club seemingly going nowhere whilst his younger brother was enjoying great success at Manchester United.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    Leeds finished just five points above the Second Division relegation zone in the 1960–61 season and Taylor resigned; his replacement, Don Revie, was promoted from the United first team, and initially he was not fond of Charlton.
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  • 1958
    Age 22
    Charlton married Pat Kemp on 6 January 1958, and his brother Bobby acted as his best man.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children: John (born in January 1959), Deborah (born 1961) and Peter, who was born just after Charlton senior played in the 1966 World Cup final. During the 1960s he ran two clothes shops in Leeds, and he also later operated the souvenir shop at Elland Road. Charlton is a keen amateur fisherman and also takes part in field sports. He was appointed an OBE in 1974. In 1996 he was awarded honorary Irish citizenship. The honour amounts to full Irish citizenship; it is the highest honour the Irish state gives and is rarely granted.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    In October 1957 he was picked to represent the Football League in a game against the League of Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details Leeds struggled after Raich Carter left the club in 1958, and Willis Edwards and then Bill Lambton took charge in the 1958–59 season as Leeds finished nine points above the relegation zone. Jack Taylor was appointed manager, and failed to keep Leeds out of the relegation zone by the end of the 1959–60 campaign. During this time Charlton began taking his coaching badges, and took part in the Football Association's coaching courses at Lilleshall.
    He regained his place in the 1957–58 season, and stopped his partying lifestyle as he settled down to married life.
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  • 1956
    Age 20
    He was dropped in the second half of the 1956–57 campaign, partly due to his habit of partying late at night and losing focus on his football.
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  • 1955
    Age 19
    Charlton returned to the first team in September 1955, and kept his place for the rest of the 1955–56 season, helping the "Whites" to win promotion into the First Division after finishing second to Sheffield Wednesday.
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  • 1954
    Age 18
    His National Service limited his contribution to Leeds, and he made only one appearance in the 1954–55 season.
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  • 1953
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As he had not been given any specific instructions before the game Charlton asked Carter what he was expected to do in the match; Carter replied "See how fast their centre forward can limp". It was the final Second Division game of the 1952–53 season, and ended in a 1–1 draw. He then had to serve two years National Service with the Household Cavalry, and captained the Horse Guards to victory in the Cavalry Cup in Hanover.
  • 1935
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His uncles were Jack Milburn (Leeds United and Bradford City), George Milburn (Leeds United and Chesterfield), Jim Milburn (Leeds United and Bradford Park Avenue) and Stan Milburn (Chesterfield, Leicester City and Rochdale), and legendary Newcastle United and England footballer Jackie Milburn was his mother's cousin. The economy of the village of Ashington was based entirely around coal mining, and though his family had a strong footballing pedigree, his father was a miner. The eldest of four brothers – Bobby, Gordon and Tommy – the tight finances of the family meant that all four siblings shared the same bed. His father, Bob, had no interest in football, but his mother, Cissie, played football with her children and later coached the local schools team. As a teenager she took them to watch Ashington and Newcastle United play, and Charlton remained a lifelong Newcastle supporter.
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