Ian has paid his respects to England and Ashington footballing legend Jack Charlton, who sadly passed away on the 10th July at the age of 85.

Jack was born in Ashington in the Wansbeck constituency, and, alongside his younger brother Bobby Charlton, was part of the 1966 World Cup winning side with England. He went on to make over 600 appearances for Leeds United, with whom he won the first division title, FA cup, and League cup. He is also hailed with taking the Republic of Ireland national team to the 1990 world cup where they reached the quarter finals.

Ian has supported a recent local campaign to erect a stature of Jack Charlton in Ashington, where he can be immortalised and given the recognition he deserves by those in his home town alongside the already standing stature of his relative and fellow footballing legend Jack Milburn.

On his Facebook account Ian posted that Jack was “One of the toughest footballers to wear an England shirt but a thoroughly nice and decent individual, big Jack was adored by millions of football supporters around the globe for his typical down to earth personality and gritty character.

Jack could be regularly found holding court with people of all ages discussing the issues of the day and was recognised far and wide as a man with immense ability, great personality, and true Northumbrian character.”


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