Jack Charlton is on BBC Two tonight and promises to be a glimpse into the life of the late football legend.
Jack played for clubs like Leeds United and then England in an illustrious career.
But his lovable, yet straightforward personality really came through when he became a manager.
Who was Jack Charlton and did he really fight with his famous brother?
What is Finding Jack Charlton about?
The film looks back on his life and some of its greatest successes.
Sports journalist Gabriel Clarke presents a film that promises to expose his special relationship with Ireland as well as the complicated relationship with his brother Bobby.
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Viewers will also hear from his widow, Pat, as well as Irish players, musicians, writers and politicians.
In addition, the film examines some of his greatest football hits such as Leeds and England where he became a national legend.
Who Was Jack Charlton?
Jack Charlton was born in Ashington, Northumberland in 1935.
He came from a footballing family that included his cousin Jackie Milburn, superstar of the 1930s and 40s.
The younger brother Bobby was signed up as a student by Manchester United.
Although Leeds was interested in him, Jack initially decided to follow his father and work as a miner.
After Jack found out how difficult the job was, he decided to leave and pursue a career in football.
What has Jack achieved in his football career?
Jack made his debut in 1953 at the age of 17 and played for Leeds United for nearly two decades.
He won the First Division championship with the team in the 1968–69 season and the Second Division championship in 1963–64.
Other awards included an FA Cup win in 1971-72, a League Cup win in 1967-68 and a Charity Shield win in 1969.
In 1967 he was named Football Writer’s Association Player of the Year.
Although his success at club level was special, his success with the England national team was a dream.
Did Jack win the world championship in 1966?
Jack Charlton joined his brother Bobby in the England national team from the mid-1960s.
When England hosted the World Cup in 1966, the home team were under pressure to win the tournament for the first time.
In addition to Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Roger Hunt, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, England beat Portugal in the semifinals.
They were in the final against West Germany and won 4-2 after a tense fight in extra time.
The Charlton brothers entered football history and England had their first World Cup victory.
Why is Jack loved in Ireland?
After hanging his boots in 1973, Jack reached out to management.
After stints at Middlesborough, Sheffield Wednesday and his hometown club Newcastle United, he was approached by the Irish Football Association as a manager for Ireland.
As an initially unpopular decision, Jack soon took the team to new heights.
They qualified for the 1988 European Championship and defeated England in the group stage – the team he won the World Cup with.
Further successes followed, especially at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
Ireland, a devout Catholic nation, was fully invested in the Italia 90 experience.
After an exciting run, Ireland lost 1-0 to the hosts in the quarter-finals.
The team and Jack even met with the Pope in Rome during the tournament, and now Jack was a folk hero in Ireland.
Has Jack dropped out with his brother Bobby?
After the end of his management career, he and his brother Bobby fell out.
Her beloved mother, Cissie, died in 1996, and Jack accused Bobby of not visiting her before she died.
He also claimed that there was a conflict between Bobby’s wife, Norma and Cissie, which caused the rift between the two.
Jack called Norma “aloof and difficult”.
However, the death of their former England teammate Ray Wilson in 2018 brought them back together.
How did Jack die?
Jack Charlton, nicknamed “Wor Jack,” announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia in early 2020.
Journalist Gabriel Clarke said, “There are moments in the film when he can’t remember things.
“That was very difficult to see, but that is the condition and that is the aspect that people have to see because that is the hardest part for the supervisor, the person who lives with him.”
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Jack died of lymphoma and dementia complications in July of that year at the age of 85.
One of the most charismatic figures in football for over half a century received a rousing farewell in his hometown of Ashington.
Jack Charlton can be found tonight (March 29th) at 9pm on BBC Two
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