Thursday August 6, 2020

Comment: Big Jack showed us football can change the world but there’s more to be done

The Premier League’s efforts to tackle racism and homophobia are to be commended but it can achieve a lot more if it adopts Jack Charlton’s spirit of generosity

13th July, 2020
Jack Charlton, the former Irish soccer manager who died last week, pictured at the Irish team’s homecoming after reaching the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

What is there left to say about Big Jack? The footballing legend can certainly take his place in Irish history for bringing a universal feel-good atmosphere to this entire nation. During those unforgettable weeks in the summer of 1990, Charlton had the kind of Midas touch that politicians aim for but never achieve.

He was a giant in a different age, when football was still just about the game and the winning. As Ireland lined out...

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