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Jack Charlton nearly joined police, was one of Revie’s enforcers and admitted he lived in brother Bobby’s shadow

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July. 11, 2020

JACK CHARLTON has died at the age of 85 after the most colourful of careers in football.
From playing EVERY game of England's 1966 World Cup winning triumph to holding Leeds United's club record of playing 773 games, the sport has lost a true hero .
His skills in The Beautiful Game made a natural progression into management, starting at Middlesbrough and finishing with a 10-year spell in charge of Ireland.
That saw him lead the Emerald Isle into two World Cups and three European Championships.
But it could have been so different.
Born in Ashington in 1935, he followed intothe family tradition of mining, but didn't like working underground and applied to join the police.
But there was an offer of football with Leeds United , and this eventually swung his interest.
And thank goodness it did.
Charlton became the rock of the United team during the 1960s and early 70s under Don Revie's glory years.
He won the First Division title in 1968/69 the FA Cup in 1972 and of course went on to become and England stalwart.
Away from football Jack married current wife Pat in 1958 and they went on to have three children together.
Meanwhile, over at Manchester United , his younger brother Bobby was enjoying similar success and is widely regarded as one of football's best ever.
Jack always hated comparisons with Bobby, once telling Michael Parkinson in a BBC interview: "I can’t play. I can stop other people from playing. But I can’t play. Bobby can play."
The pair's crowning moment came when they got their hands on that famous Jules Rimet Trophy when England beat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final.
Jack played every game, while Bobby's peformances helped him to the Ballon d'Or that year.
The siblings' relationship soured after their respective retirements however, with Bobby claiming in a 2007 book that Jack had said "disgraceful" and "mistaken" comments about his wife Norma.
Jack was well-known for his love of fishing and flat caps - he even starred in Go Fishing With Jack Charlton.
"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 dead at 85 – England 1966 World Cup winner, Leeds United legend and Ireland favourite passes away
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