England legend, Jack Charlton has died after a brief illness, the family confirmed today.
The 85-year-old was a member of the golden generation that won the 1966 World Cup on home soil.
Interestingly, he is the older brother of fellow World Cup winning team-mate Bobby Charlton – the Manchester United legend. “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side,” read a family statement.
“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.”
Leeds issued their own trbiute to “Big Jack” who was an integral part of the great Don Revie-managed Leeds side who won the 1969 English first-division league title and the 1972 FA Cup.
“Leeds United are deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away last night at the age of 85 following a long-term illness,” read a Leeds statement.
“Charlton made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds United over a 23-year period as a player, becoming one of the all-time great central defenders in the game.”