Steve Claridge

Steve Claridge

3 stars

  • Leading Pundit For BBC
  • 22 Year Football Career

John Charlton OBE was born in Ashington, Northumberland on May 8 1935 was a footballer who played for Leeds United in the 1960s and 1970s, and who famously won the World Cup with England in 1966. He later became a football manager of both domestic and international sides, particularly the Irish national side.

Born into a footballing family (he is the nephew of Jackie Milburn), Charlton was initially overshadowed by his younger brother Bobby, who was taken on by Manchester United F.C. while Jack was doing his National Service.

After quitting a job in a coal mine, “Jack” Charlton applied to join the police, but was then offered a trial by Leeds United after they had spotted him playing as a central defender in an amateur match. The trial game clashed with his police interview, and Charlton chose to play in the game. He impressed enough to be offered an apprenticeship with Leeds, and then signed professional terms in 1952.

Jack played 629 games for Leeds between 1952 and 1973 and was capped 35 times for England, including the famous World Cup win against The Germans in 1966. He later managed Middlesbrough twice, Sheff Wed, Newcastle and then enjoyed 9 great years in charge of the Rep of Ireland team between 1986 and 1995. 

Jack is without doubt a huge name from football and is a superb after dinner speaker who will enthrall you with his humour and anecdotes. One not to be missed!