Jack Charlton; a fitting farewell for ‘wor Jack’ – The Yorkshire Post says

THE football scarves adorning Jack Charlton’s coffin spoke volumes of what this acclaimed player, manager and legend of the game meant to fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Jack Charlton's coffin is carried into a crematorium for his funeral.

From Leeds United, Newcastle United, England and the Republic of Ireland, he was – to the very end – a larger than life character, and ‘man of the people’, who never lost touch with his working class roots.

Synonymous also with Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, it was Charlton’s character – both on and off the pitch – that saw him become a World Cup hero who transcended generations from his peers who grew up in the shadow of war to youngsters sporting ‘Wor Jack’ posters as the funeral cortege slowly passed them in his home town of Ashington.

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And that his service coincided with tributes in Ireland, Charlton’s second home after guiding the country to the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals, was a measure of the man as well as his enthusiasm for football – and life.

Football fans took to the streets of Ireland to celebrate the life of Jack Charlton.

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