Ashington's World Cup hero Jack Charlton dies
Tributes have been paid to Ashington’s World Cup hero Jack Charlton after he died at the age of 85.
Ashington-born Jack, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 alongside his brother Bobby, had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds United, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and going on to enjoy a successful and colourful career as a manager.
He helped mastermind Middlesbrough to promotion to Division One while spent a year managing Newcastle United, where he gave future England star Paul Gascoigne his debut during his only season in charge.
But it was head coach at the Republic of Ireland where he made his mark, guiding the country to the World Cup finals’ tournaments in Italia 1990 and America 1994.
A family statement read: "Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10, 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."
Before every Premier League football match last week, teams held a minute’s silence to honour Jack.
Leeds United tweeted that the club was "deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away at the age of 85".
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said: “Steve Bruce on Jack Charlton: “He was a really, really good football man who will be sadly missed. The football world has lost a giant of a man.
"On behalf of everyone at Newcastle, our condolences to his family. He will be missed and it was a pleasure to know him."