Doncaster family friend of football legend Jack Charlton pays tribute after star's death

A Doncaster man who was a family friend of Jack Charlton for nearly five decades has paid tribute following the football legend’s death.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 8:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th July 2020, 8:41 pm

The death of the 1966 World Cup winner, former Ireland boss and Leeds United icon was announced on Saturday.

Affectionately known as Big Jack, the footballer, brother of Sir Bobby, had been diagnosed with lymphoma and dementia. He was 85.

Now Askern man Ricky Butler, who describes himself as ‘a friend of the stars’ has paid tribute.

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Ricky Butler was a family friend of Jack Charlton for 45 years.

He said: “Jack was a family friend for more than 45 years.

"I first met him in the 1970s at Elland Road (Leeds United’s stadium).

“I was known as Ricky Stardust the DJ and entertainer in those days.

"I had written to the chairman Manny Cussins to ask if I could do the music before and after the matches and I was invited to meet him.

"He had someone show me around the club and Jack Charlton was the first player I was introduced and we talked for ages.

“He always called me Mr Stardust. I kept in touch with Jack and his wife Pat on and off over the yeas and I would attend any shows of his if it was convenient, or local for me.

Mr Butler has worked with a number of big names during a length career in film, television and music.

A father of four, his career was cut short a few years ago when a car crash left him with multiple injuries, and the need for a pacemaker.

During his career, he toured with The Sweet, Mud, the Glitter Band, Billy Fury, Freddie and the Dreamers, Black Lace and many more.

He was a friend of the late comedian Bob Monkhouse and also worked alongside Ken Dodd, Lulu, Cilla Black, and Chris Quinten who was in Coronation Street.

As well as Big Jack, he also became friends with fellow United stars Billy Bremner and Peter Lorimer.

The funeral of Mr Charlton will take place in Newcastle on Tuesday 21 July. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only immediate family will be attending the service.