Jack Charlton, 1935-2020: the man who made Ireland dream

The former Leeds United centre-half steered Ireland to Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94 as a manager, transforming not just Irish football but its wider society in the process

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
12th July, 2020
Jack Charlton, 1935-2020: the man who made Ireland dream
Jack Charlton, Republic of Ireland manager, after the 1990 World Cup Group F match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands at Stadio La Favorita in Palermo, Italy Picture: Getty

Jack Charlton, who has died aged 85, is being commemorated in Ireland and England this weekend, though slightly differently in each country.

In England, he is remembered fondly – if a little distantly, given the passage of more than 50 years – for the 1966 World Cup that he helped his country win. In Ireland, he is being remembered far more fervently for two World Cups in which they won just a single game.

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