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Jack Charlton

Personal information
Full nameJohn Charlton
Date of birth8 May 1935(age 81)
Place of birthAshington, England
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing positionCentre-half

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John "Jack" Charlton, OBE, DL (born Ashington, Northumberland, 8 May 1935) is a former footballer and manager who played for Leeds United in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and was part of the England team who won the 1966 World Cup. He is the brother of former Manchester United and England footballer Bobby Charlton.

Charlton was a part of the successful Leeds United side of the 1960s and 1970s, winning a league championship (1969), an FA Cup (1972), a League Cup (1968) and two Fairs Cups (1968 and 1971) and made a club record 773 appearances. Johnny Giles, in his recent autobiography, describes Charlton as "the best centre-half in England between 1963 and 1972". He won 35 England caps and played in every game of the successful 1966 World Cup campaign. In 2006, Leeds United supporters voted Charlton into the club's greatest ever XI.

Charlton later became a manager of both domestic and international sides. In his first season as a manager, he led Middlesbrough to the Second Division title, for which he was voted Manager of the Year in 1974. He later took charge of the Republic of Ireland national team, and led them to their first ever World Cup in 1990, where they reached the quarter-finals.

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