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Sad news far from Pride Park today…

Jack Charlton, the former Leeds and England defender who won a World Cup winner’s medal in 1966, has died. He was 85 years old.

Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the past year and was also battling dementia.

He spent his entire 21-year career playing in Leeds, achieving a common record of 773 games, before retiring as a player in 1973 and pursuing a successful and colorful career as a manager.

One of the most popular and greatest characters in English football, he was in charge of Sheffield on Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and the Republic of Ireland, which he guided to their first major finals at Euro 88 and two others in the space of 10 years.

A family statement said, “Jack died peacefully on Friday July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.

“Besides being a friend for many, he was a very beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he has led and the pleasure he has brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

“He was a really honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.

“His loss will leave a huge hole in all of our lives, but we are grateful for a lifetime of happy memories. “

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