'Iconic figure' Jack Charlton to be jointly honoured in Ireland and England 

'Iconic figure' Jack Charlton to be jointly honoured in Ireland and England 

The life of footballing hero Jack Charlton will be commemorated by a special postmark applied to mail sent in England and Ireland.

The life of footballing hero Jack Charlton will be commemorated by a special postmark applied to mail sent in England and Ireland.

The former Leeds United defender, who won a World Cup winner's medal while playing for England in 1966, died on July 10 aged 85.

After a successful career in England, as a manager he helped lead the Republic of Ireland to their first major tournament finals in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Pictured at the unveiling of a new Postmark commemorating the late great Jack Charlton, the first ever joint postmark issued by An Post and Royal Mail was former Irish International footballer, Paul McGrath.
Pictured at the unveiling of a new Postmark commemorating the late great Jack Charlton, the first ever joint postmark issued by An Post and Royal Mail was former Irish International footballer, Paul McGrath.

To commemorate his contribution to both nations, An Post and the Royal Mail have collaborated for the first time to create a postmark in his honour.

The postmark, which reads "Jack Charlton, 1935 - 2020", will be applied across stamped mail posted in England and the Republic of Ireland from Monday until August 9.

David McRedmond, CEO at An Post, said: "Jack Charlton will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of Irish people.

"He gave our nation many of our happiest and proudest moments.

"Jack was the greatest example of a culture shared across these islands: that a proud Leeds player, a tall English football hero could become an Irish legend.

"That's why it is so fitting that he should be the subject of the first joint postmark between An Post and the Royal Mail."

Following the announcement of Charlton's death, tributes poured in from his former clubs and the wider football family.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: "He was an iconic figure on and off the pitch, in England and Ireland."

English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said Charlton was "a true giant of English football", adding: "He left an indelible impression on our national game and was guaranteed an affectionate and warm welcome wherever he went".

In a statement, his family said he led an "extraordinary life" and remembered him as a "thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people".

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