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FAI calls Irish fans to remember Jack Charlton next Tuesday

The Football Association of Ireland is asking Irish radio stations and “Jack’s Army” to remember Jack Charlton in song next Tuesday.

The former Republic of Ireland manager and World Cup winner’s funeral will take place in his native Northumbria, England on Tuesday.

The FAI want fans to wear green and play Put ‘Em under Pressure at 12.30pm to coincide with the conclusion of Mr Charlton’s funeral, in a celebration of his work with the national team.

The Association, in conjunction with fan groups You Boys In Green, the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs and the Irish Supporters Network, are also asking all Irish radio stations to play the Italia ’90 anthem in unison as a national tribute to the former manager.

“We have all mourned Jack Charlton and many tears have been shed since his death last Friday - Tuesday is our chance to say goodbye with a smile on all our faces,” said FAI President Gerry McAnaney.

Jack Charlton and his team put many smiles on many faces between 1986 and 1995, at two World Cup finals and a European Championship, and we should remember him with an Irish send-off next Tuesday.

"Because of Covid-19 we cannot give Jack the send-off he deserves. We are talking to Jack’s family and looking at ways to commemorate his service to Irish football in the future but for now, I think it would be magnificent if we could make some noise for Jack one last time next Tuesday.”

Irish fan groups at home and abroad are backing the move ahead of Tuesday’s funeral in Newcastle.

A spokesperson for You Boys In Green said: “While all Ireland fans look forward to commemorating the passing of Big Jack in what he turned into ‘Fortress Lansdowne’ once supporters can safely return to the stadium, it would be fantastic to see the nation hold its breath to the soundtrack of his voice one final time.”

The FAI’s Book of Condolences has already attracted over 18,000 signatures and messages of support for the Charlton family.