Ashington has lost one of its true sporting legends with the death of Jack Charlton OBE DL, on Friday (10 July), at the age of 85.
Jack was part of the successful England football team that won the World Cup in 1966. He then went on to manage the Republic of Ireland national team from 1986 to 1996 with two World Cup and one European Championship appearance.
The statement from the Charlton family reads ‘Jack died peacefully on Friday at the age of 85. 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 spent his playing club career with Leeds United, from 1950 to 1973, helping the club to the Second Division title, First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup, Charity Shield and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Following his playing career he went on to become manager at Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United before taking charge of the Republic of Ireland team.
Jack was the elder brother of former Manchester United forward Bobby Charlton, who was also a teammate in England's World Cup final victory. For a town the size of Ashington it is truly remarkable that two of its sons were part of a winning World Cup football team, the like of which may never be seen again.
Jack’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 21 July. The cortege will visit Ashington to provide an opportunity for residents of the town to say a final goodbye before the funeral at Newcastle Crematorium.
The route of the cortege through Ashington can be found in the map below. It will commence at approximately 9.50am along from North Seaton Roundabout (off the A189). It will travel along the B1334, onto Newbiggin Road, to the roundabout opposite JT Doves. It will then run along the A196 to the Station Road junction before it takes a right turn along Woodhorn Road before taking a further right turn onto Alexandra Road. It will then re-join Newbiggin Road before it heads back onto the A189 to Newcastle upon Tyne. We are sure many of the town’s residents will want to line the route and advise they get in position early as the timing is approximate. Attendees are reminded to adhere to social distance guidance.
Leeds United said that the club was ‘deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton had passed away’ and the England football team said ‘We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed’.
Republic of Ireland and Sunderland AFC legend Niall Quinn said ‘I am finding it very hard to put into words what Jack meant to the whole country, not just to me and to those of us lucky enough to have played for him in an Ireland shirt. He brought us, as players and fans, to places we never thought possible beforehand and gave us so many precious moments. We have so much to be grateful to Jack for and I am truly saddened with this news. Our thoughts go to Pat and Jack’s family. May he rest in peace.’
More information on the route of the cortege can be found on the Jack Charlton Remembrance page on Facebook.
- Proposed Route for Jack's Cortege - 21 July 2020 (PDF)