RIP Jack: Former Sheffield Wednesday boss and 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton, has passed away at the age of 85

The football fraternity is in mourning as the news of Jack Charlton’s passing was confirmed by his family – he died with them by his side last night.

Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85.
Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85.

Charlton, an OBE and DL, spent his playing years as part of the great Leeds United team that were so successful in the 1960s, but is also fondly remembered in Sheffield having guided Sheffield Wednesday to promotion from the Football League Third Division in 1980 – overseeing the famous ‘Boxing Day Massacre’ win over Sheffield United.

A World Cup-winner with England in 1966, Charlton also spent time as manager of Middlesbrough, Newcastle and the Republic of Ireland, surpassing 600 games both as a player and as a manager during his career.

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A statement from the Charlton family confirming his sad passing: "Jack died peacefully on Friday 10 July at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.

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

"We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life… He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.

"His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories."

Jack Charlton gets a rousing reception at Hillsborough. (Steve Ellis)

His 773 games for Leeds remains a club record that is unlikely to be beaten in the modern game. A football legend has left us.