WATCH: Soccer fans pay their respects to the late Jack Charlton

WATCH: Soccer fans pay their respects to the late Jack Charlton
People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.

Irish and UK soccer fans have been paying their respects to the former Ireland manager and World cup winner with England on the day of his funeral.

Applause rang out as thousands of people lined the streets of Ashington in Northumberland to pay tribute to the World Cup-winning hero today.

Well-wishers threw flowers on the hearse as it passed slowly through the former mining community where he and his younger brother Sir Bobby honed their football skills.

In Ireland, people gathered in green jerseys on Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin where 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' rang out among fans, while radio stations played the song at 12:30pm in his honour.

Charlton, a stalwart of Leeds United's most successful period, an England stopper who reached the pinnacle of the game and later a successful manager most notably with the Republic of Ireland, died earlier this month aged 85.

Fans wearing Leeds shirts, Newcastle United tops, Ireland strips and replica kits from his local side Ashington mingled together, waiting for their chance to pay their final respects.

And when the cortege passed, spontaneous applause and cheers broke out in tribute to the town's famous son, who never forgot his roots.

Charlton was the eldest son of miner Bob and his wife Cissie, who went on to have three more boys.

He followed his father at the pit for a brief spell before leaving Northumberland to join the Leeds United ground staff aged 15.

Charlton stayed there for a remarkable 23 years, a spell broken only by National Service, playing a major part in the club turning from also-rans into a major European force.

Pictured a Jack Charlton Mural on a gate of Dailymount FC Stadium , Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
Pictured a Jack Charlton Mural on a gate of Dailymount FC Stadium , Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

He was almost 30 when he made his England debut, but the late developer turned good at just the right time, and was one of the Wembley heroes on that famous day in 1966.

As Ireland manager he is best known for taking Ireland to the Italia '90 World Cup quarter finals, and arrived home to a heroes welcome.

Outside football, Charlton loved his country pursuits and was a keen fisherman. A statue of Charlton fishing is on display in Cork Airport.

Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.

After his death, his family said in a statement: "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."

A private family service was held in Newcastle with a limited number of mourners due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Jack Charlton meets a statue of himself in Cork Airport. Pic: michael mac sweeney/provision
Jack Charlton meets a statue of himself in Cork Airport. Pic: michael mac sweeney/provision

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