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A Sad Day For Jackie’s Army

By Mahons On July 11th, 2020

Jack Charlton has passed away, a true legend of football (soccer for our American audience). A player from England’s last World Cup Championship, Leeds United, and of course the Manager of the Irish National team during its remarkable run from 1986 to 1996. He was awarded an honorary Irish Citizenship and probably could have been crowned King of Ireland if he wanted. I tip my cap to him.

16 Responses to “A Sad Day For Jackie’s Army”

  1. It’s a great award, not many have received it, but Jack Charlton’s wife got one too
    The only names i knew growing up were Bobby and Jack Charlton

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_nationality_law#By_grant_of_honorary_citizenship

    who knew Tip O’Neill received irish citizenship ?

  2. I woke up to hear this news.

    He had a way with the Irish. He loved them, and boy did they love him

    Some years ago, I was in a pub in Dublin, the Goat, When on TV, Ireland played Spain in a World Cup qualifier

    Spain won the match.

    After the game, Mr. Charlton was interviewed. Everyone in this large pub stopped talking summer so everyone could listen to what Charleton had to say. And when the interview was concluded, there was an ovation for him.

  3. Sad, sad news. An absolute gentleman.

  4. There’s a bit of a legend in Belfast which goes:

    RUC man to kid in Divis Flats wearing Ireland shirt during World Cup 90:
    ‘Sure it took five Brits to get yiz through to the quarter-finals ‘
    Kid to peeler:
    ‘Sure it takes eight Brits to get you through these flats’

  5. A great Jack Charlton story here:

    https://twitter.com/andrewbloch/status/1281906491134545926?s=21

  6. The Big Jack stories will never run out. Before his Irish team beat Romania in the 1990 World Cup he told them not to try too hard because he had a fishing holiday booked.

  7. Even with my total lack of interest in football, I’ve heard of Jack Charlton.
    Reading up on him, and stories about his life he seemed like I really nice guy.
    Rest in peace Jack.

  8. Jack receives a hero’s welcome at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in 2015:

    https://twitter.com/England/status/1281941792905191424

  9. Jack was the Englishman the Irish love: modest, honest and genuine, down to earth, good sense of humour.

  10. https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/jack-charlton-s-own-grievances-endeared-him-to-irish-fans-1

    Jack Charlton was not first-choice for Ireland manager, or even second, as everyone knows. He benefitted from one of our great national traditions: the split. Then, also in true Irish style, he was elected on transfers.

    But it didn’t take us long to realise that he was the sporting father figure we needed at that point in the country’s life. It helped that he wore a peaked cap, like most of our actual fathers.

    It also helped, given his nationality, that he was from Northumberland, the Inishowen of England, most of which is north of Hadrian’s Wall and some of which looks south to Scotland. He was as far removed from the Home Counties establishment as you could be

  11. Jack was the Englishman the Irish love: modest, honest and genuine, down to earth, good sense of humour.

    I guess that makes Pete Moore the Jack Charlton of ATW ? 🙂

  12. Charlton’s biography writer, journalist Colin Young, speculates that his politics meant he had no chance of being chosen to manage England:

    He is anti-establishment, Jack. He is very left wing, during the strike he was very supportive of the miners and Arthur Scargill and people like that. Now the establishment, and the FA blazers will I’m sure have taken that into account, and thought that there’s no way that we can have a guy with those political leanings leading our national football team

    https://www.balls.ie/uncategorized/jack-charltons-politics-actually-cost-chance-manage-england-352128

  13. I read that Mr. Charlton applied to be the manager of the England team in 1977, But that they never even bothered to give him a reply.

    Bad.

  14. A good day for Jackie’s army today.

    As I predicted, Ireland and Apple have been vindicated in a court of law and the Commission’s political decision struck down.

    Hate to say I told you so…

  15. As I said over on another thread Reg.

    Seems like the ‘wait until the EU gets its hands on Ireland’s tax laws’ predictions from some erstwhile commentators here has went the same way as the other conspiracies.

  16. If there is an Irishman who was more universally appreciated in Ireland it isn’t coming to mind at the moment. Especially among those Irish that lived through the Era when he was the manager.