England 1966 World Cup hero Jack Charlton dies at 85

England 1966 World Cup hero Jack Charlton dies at 85

England 1966 World Cup hero Jack Charlton dies at 85

In all, he made a record 773 appearances for Leeds over a 23-year period, helping them win the League title in 1969 as well as the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Fairs Cup twice.

The former Leeds and England defender, who won a World Cup winner's medal in 1966, died on Friday aged 85.

Left to right: England's George Cohen, Bobby Moore, Jack Charlton and Ray Wilson (with trophy) celebrate after winning the 1966 World Cup.

In a statement Lady Elsie said: "Jack was a great friend and a wonderful supporter of our cancer charity".

The BBC Breakfast host took to Instagram to share a poignant message about the late football star, who passed away peacefully at his Northumberland home following a long-term illness, his family said.

While the events of that dark day angered Jack, the atmosphere was at the opposite end of the scale twenty years later as fans of Ireland and England joined forces to pay tribute to their mutual hero.

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"As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was a kind, amusing and thoroughly genuine man and our family will miss him enormously".

"We are extremely saddened by the passing of Jack Charlton, brother of Sir Bobby and member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team", they said.

"The FAI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever. The Italia '90 campaign was more than just a football tournament for us all, it was a time of unbridled joy and celebration throughout the nation".

Brother Bobby's club Manchester United also paid tribute.

David Beckham and Dan Walker also posted tributes to Jack Charlton on social media.

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"Our deepest condolences go to all the Charlton family for their immensely sad loss", United said.

"The word legend is overused in sport, but Big Jack, there's no better word to describe him".

He had brief but impressive spells at northeast clubs Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before being hired by Ireland in 1986 as its first foreign coach. He later managed Sheffield Wednesday, where he spent nearly six seasons, and Newcastle.

Charlton, who guided Ireland to two World Cups, was also praised by the country's Football Association.

The Premier League have confirmed there will be a minute of silence before all games this weekend after the death of World Cup victor Jack Charlton.

Charlton led the country to two World Cups and a European Championship, and his team's victory over Italy in NY in the 1994 World Cup remains revered by supporters.

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"Pushed to levels he had never imagined possible, Jack will always be remembered as one of the greats, notching up a number of appearances that will probably never be surpassed".

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