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Post by Kitkat on Sat Jul 18 2020, 16:45

Thanks for the memories, Jack
BY: Sharon Ni Chonchuir - Irish Post
ON a Saturday morning a fortnight ago, I was driving into Dingle town when ‘Put ‘em Under Pressure’ was played on the radio.

Many of you are bound to know the words of this song: “…we’re all part of Jackie’s army, we’re all off to Italy, and we’ll really shake them up when we win the World Cup, ‘coz Ireland are the greatest football team.  Olé, olé, olé, olé…”

That song was the soundtrack to the summer of 1990 and hearing it brought me straight back to that time.

Me and my two sisters in a pub sitting on a bench right underneath the television, a place nobody but us wanted to sit because everyone else’s eyes were riveted to the soccer game that was being shown on that same television.

Ireland were playing England and us children did not have much interest in the game.  The same could not be said of the grown-ups who we watched in astonishment as they hollered and roared any time one of our players got possession of the ball.

All of a sudden, the place exploded.  Everyone jumped in the air, screaming at the tops of their voices, and the entire building seemed to shake when they all hit the ground again.

Ireland had scored against England and we instantly understood that was worth celebrating.

I remember leaving the pub that evening and seeing the streets full of people flying Irish flags, singing, and dancing.  Everyone was so proud of the Irish team and they wanted to share their joy with those around them.

Just after ‘Put ‘em Under Pressure’ was played on the radio that morning a fortnight ago, the Angelus bells struck at midday.  That familiar sound brought other memories to mind.

In 1990, I was twelve years old and all of my grandparents were still alive.

One set lived just across the road from us and we were constantly in and out of their house.

I can still picture them stopping whatever they were doing to sit together and say the Rosary whenever they would hear the Angelus ring at noon and at six o’clock every day.

I did not realise it at the time but looking back, I can see that those days – the late 1980s and early 1990s – were a period of huge change in Ireland.

We were coming out of one era – an era in which the church was all powerful, the economy was weak and work opportunities were few; an era in which the best and most capable of our people would leave the country in search of a better life elsewhere; and an era in which the Troubles of the North cast a dark shadow over the rest of Ireland.

The Irish of that time had a different mindset to the Irish of today.  They did not have our sense of self-confidence.

Their life experience had taught them not to take much pride in themselves or in their country.

Ireland was failing in so many ways and most people felt despondent about its future.

But Jack Charlton and his team changed that mentality.

They showed us that we could play on the same level as the big countries of the world and that we might even beat them (or at least finish the game on a draw).

Those soccer games changed Ireland and its people.

They showed us that we could have a presence on the biggest stage in the world and that we could take our place alongside all of the other countries.

We were Irish and that was no longer a cause for shame.  We could take pride in who we were.

Jack Charlton and his team lifted the spirits of the Irish people when it was so desperately needed.

They taught us an important lesson: that we could believe in ourselves and in our country.

Now, I know we may have gone a little overboard in that self-belief for a while in the interim (we have not forgotten about you, Celtic Tiger!).

But that had nothing to do with Jack and his soccer team.

When he died, the people of Ireland had nothing but good to say about Jack Charlton.

Everyone shared memories of the happy times they enjoyed with family and friends during Euro ’88, Italia ’90 and the World Cup in 1994.

They were thankful for those bright, shining moments and the light they provided during what was a dark time in Ireland.

Jack Charlton and his team gave the people of Ireland a precious gift.

They made us feel proud of who we were and where we were from.

We will be forever grateful.



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Post by Kitkat on Sat Jul 18 2020, 16:46

Football Association of Ireland planning special tribute to Jack Charlton on day of his funeral

THE FOOTBALL Association of Ireland (FAI) is making plans to ensure Jack Charlton gets the send-off he deserves from the Irish fans he meant so much to.

The former Republic of Ireland manager and England World Cup winner passed away, aged 85, on Friday, July 10, following a battle with illness.

His funeral is due to take place back in his native Northumberland this coming Tuesday, July 21.

A much-loved manager who guided Ireland to Euro ‘88 and two successive World Cup tournaments, Big Jack’s passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from across the Emerald Isle.

Beloved for his sense of humour, no-nonsense approach and unadulterated love of the game, the FAI is eager to ensure his funeral is marked on these shores, given what Charlton achieved with the national team.

They are calling on fans to wear green this coming Tuesday and play Put ‘Em under Pressure at 12:30pm to coincide with the conclusion of the funeral service.

Produced by U2’s Larry Mullen, the song is synonymous with the success enjoyed under Charlton at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

It was a tournament that saw Ireland defy the odds to qualify for the knock-out stages from a group containing both England and the reigning European Champions Holland.

Charlton’s team upset the applecart again in the last-16, dispatched an impressive Romania team on penalties to reach the quarter-finals at their first ever World Cup.


In light of these achieves the FAI as well as fan groups like You Boys In Green, the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs and the Irish Supporters Network are calling on radio stations across Ireland play the Italia ’90 anthem in unison as a national tribute to the iconic 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.

"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.”

A spokesperson for You Boys In Green added: “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.”
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Post by Jamboree on Sat Jul 18 2020, 18:22

A hearty toast to Big Jack.  toast   A great guy in every way.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon Jul 20 2020, 13:19

Jack Charlton's life celebrated with special postmark on all mail sent in England and Ireland

THE LIFE and achievements of World Cup winner and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton are being celebrated with a special postmark.

Charlton was a key member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning side and played 773 games for Leeds United – a club record that remains in place to this day.

To Ireland fans, however, he was the man that guided the national team to unprecedented success with an appearance at Euro ’88 and successive World Cup tournaments in 1990 and 1994.

Royal Mail and An Post are jointly commemorating the life of Jack Charlton with the special postmark.

It’s the first time the two have collaborated on a postmark, reflecting the important role Charlton played in football for both nations.

The postmark in both countries will read: Jack Charlton, 1935 – 2020.
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It will be applied across stamped mail posted in England and the Republic of Ireland from Monday 20th July and will run until Sunday 9th August.

Both postal companies hope collaborating on the postmark will enable all those who remember Jack Charlton with great respect and admiration, to celebrate his sporting legacy.

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.”
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Post by Kitkat on Tue Jul 21 2020, 12:30

Family of Jack Charlton thank Ireland fans for their support following his death

THE FAMILY of the late, great Jack Charlton have extended their thanks to the people of Ireland for their support in the wake of the legendary manager's passing earlier this month.

Charlton lead Ireland to three major international tournaments and became one of the nation's favourite sons during his stint in charge.

He was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was also battling dementia before he passed away on July 10.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the Emerald Isle ever since, and Jack's son John thanked Ireland fans for their kind words and blessings.

"On behalf of my mother Pat and all the Charlton family, I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has offered so much support and sympathy to us at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated," he said.

Charlton's funeral is due to take place today in his native Northumberland at 12.30pm.
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The FAI tweeted messages of support to the Charlton family, encouraging people to wear green during the funeral in Jack's honour.

"We can't be there with Jack's family family on Tuesday but I will be wearing green to remember the great man," said former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.
"Jack did so much for Ireland. He brought so much joy and success to our country and I know Jack's Army will say goodbye in the style he deserves."

The FAI have also asked all radio stations to play 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' at 12.30pm, to coincide with the funeral service - something the Irish Post will be taking part in as well.

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Post by Kitkat on Tue Jul 21 2020, 18:20

Hundreds gather to say their final goodbye to 'honorary Irishman' Jack Charlton

HUNDREDS of mourners lined the streets to pay one final tribute to Jack Charlton as his funeral procession drove through the streets of his hometown Ashington in Northumberland.

The former Ireland manager was described as a "proud Englishman, a proud northerner and a proud honorary Irishman" during the funeral service.

The service itself was a private one reserved for family and close friends of Jack, but that didn't stop huge crowds from lining the streets to say goodbye to the World Cup winner.
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NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - JULY 21: The coffin of Jack Charlton is taken into West Road Crematorium on July 21, 2020 in Newcastle, England. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charlton's coffin was draped with scarves from a number of his former teams; England, Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Ireland.

Jack's brother Sir Bobby was unfortunately unable to attend the service due to ill health.
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ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND - JULY 21: Well wishers line the streets of Ashington in Northumberland to pay their respects as the funeral cortege for Jack Charlton passes through his childhood home town on July 21, 2020 in Ashington, Northumberland. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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ASHINGTON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: A woman throws a tribute over the hearse as people line the streets to pay tribute to Jack Charlton as his funeral cortege passes through his childhood home town on July 21, 2020 in Ashington, Northumberland, England. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

His grandchildren lead the eulogy, which explored his famous stint as Ireland boss.

"Ireland was a great fit for Grandad, the people, the 'craic', the salmon fishing, the Guinness - and a bit of football thrown in.

"We've been overwhelmed with kind messages from Ireland - one that really stuck out said Grandad 'did the near-impossible and transcended politics - some called him the English Irishman, but why reference the divides and mountains he so affably rose above?

"Simply, he was both a man and the man."
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ASHINGTON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: People line the streets to pay tribute to Jack Charlton as his funeral cortege passes through his childhood home town on July 21, 2020 in Ashington, Northumberland, England. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND - JULY 21: A Republic of Ireland flag is displayed amongst other Jack Charlton tributes ahead of the funeral cortege which is due to pass through his childhood home town on July 21, 2020 in Ashington, Northumberland, England. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In the eulogy, one particular story - about winning the World Cup with England in '66 - stood out which summed up the great man.

"And on that famous day in July 1966, as the final whistle blew on English football's most historic moment, he dropped to his knees, head in hands.

"Many have often wondered what he was thinking - was it pure elation? Was it the gravity of the achievement? Was it relief that the hopes of a nation had been realised?

"Well he always told us he was just bloody knackered."

Classically, endearingly brilliant Jack.
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ASHINGTON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: A young boy, Mason King, 6, pays tribute to Jack Charlton ahead of his funeral cortege which is due to pass through his childhood home town on July 21, 2020 in Ashington, Northumberland , England. John (Jack) Charlton was part of the England 1966 winning World Cup football team, along with brother Bobby. He played as a defender for Leeds United. He won FWA Footballer of the year in 1967. After his playing career finished he went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United. In 1986 he became manager of the Republic of Ireland football team and led them to their first World Cup in 1990. He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996. Jack Charlton died at home in Northumberland on 10th July 2020, aged 85. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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Post by Kitkat on Tue Jul 21 2020, 18:41

Family of Jack Charlton thank Ireland fans for their support following his death

THE FAMILY of the late, great Jack Charlton have extended their thanks to the people of Ireland for their support in the wake of the legendary manager's passing earlier this month.

Charlton led Ireland to three major international tournaments and became one of the nation's favourite sons during his stint in charge.

He was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was also battling dementia before he passed away on July 10.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the Emerald Isle ever since, and Jack's son John thanked Ireland fans for their kind words and blessings.

"On behalf of my mother Pat and all the Charlton family, I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has offered so much support and sympathy to us at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated," he said.

Charlton's funeral is due to take place today in his native Northumberland at 12.30pm.

The FAI tweeted messages of support to the Charlton family, encouraging people to wear green during the funeral in Jack's honour.

"We can't be there with Jack's family family on Tuesday but I will be wearing green to remember the great man," said former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.

"Jack did so much for Ireland. He brought so much joy and success to our country and I know Jack's Army will say goodbye in the style he deserves."

The FAI have also asked all radio stations to play 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' at 12.30pm, to coincide with the funeral service - something the Irish Post will be taking part in as well.
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Post by Kitkat on Wed Jul 22 2020, 21:49

Ireland fans pay tribute to Jack Charlton at Walkinstown Roundabout

EMOTIONAL Ireland fans paid their respects to Jack Charlton in the most poignant way possible - by reignited the celebrations of 30 prior.
Locals turned out in droves, adorned with green jerseys, to Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin to honour 'Big Jack' as he was laid to rest on Tuesday.
As the Englishman's funeral took place in Northumberland, Dublin natives took to the same stretch of road where famous scenes of celebration took place during the 1990 World Cup.
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While in charge of the national side, Charlton took Ireland to three major international tournaments, and at Italia '90, famously lead the boys in green to the quarter finals.
The team's performance sparked a month-long football frenzy back home, and the atmosphere was epitomised by the images of fans going mad at Walkinstown Roundabout three decades ago.
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During Jack's funeral service, he was described as a "proud honorary Irishman", and radio stations all over the country played Ireland's Italia '90 song 'Put 'Em Under Pressue', in honour of the former World Cup winner.
20,000 people signed an online book of condolences and the FAI are in talks with the Charlton family to plan memorial for former Ireland boss when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
It's fair to say, that even though none of us could be there to see him off, deep down Big Jack will know just how much he meant to the people of Ireland.
The scenes from Walkinstown Roundabout this week capture the essence of the impact he made and the legacy he will hold forever.
Rest in peace, big man.



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Post by Kitkat on Wed Jul 22 2020, 22:09

Mural of Jack Charlton unveiled in his 'second home' of Ballina, County Mayo

HUNDREDS OF people took to the streets of Ballina yesterday to pay tribute to legendary football star Jack Charlton.

Charlton, who passed away last week at the age of 85, was fully accepted as an honorary Irishman after he led the Republic of Ireland team to its greatest ever year in the 1990 World Cup-- known here simply as Italia 90.
While the man himself was laid to rest in England yesterday, Ireland also paid its respects in different ways.
Every Irish radio station played Put Em Under Pressure at 12.30pm, the time Jack's funeral was due to start, and hundreds gathered at Walkinstown Roundabout , where 30 years ago the people celebrated in their masses to welcome the team back from Italy.
But it was in Ballina, Co Mayo, which Jack Charlton proudly referred to as his 'second home', where his legacy was remembered in a more physical way than trading stories and memories about the incredible summer when Ireland made it all the way to the quarter-finals.
Local Councillor Mark Duffy, who was present at the unveiling and who helped organise a proper send off for the honorary Mayo man, invited people to gather at 12.29 pm for a minute's silence before Put Em Under Pressure would play over the speakers and the mural would be unveiled from behind the world's largest Mayo flag.

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The mural will be unveiled before 12.30, followed by a minutes silence at 12.29 leading into Put Em Under Pressue to be played over the ridgepool to give Big Jack the send off he deserves.

The mural did not disappoint: created by local artists Smiler Mitchell, Derek Leonard, Martin Devaney and Philip McCafferty, the painting shows 'Big Jack' raising a pint of Guinness, 'toasting the fishermen on the world famous Ridge Pool, his favourite place to fish'.

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Post by Kitkat on Wed Jul 29 2020, 16:07

Jack Charlton's widow sends heartfelt thanks to people of Ireland for support following husband's passing

THE WIDOW of the late Jack Charlton has thanked the people of Ireland for their tremendous love and support since her husband's passing.

Mrs Pat Charlton issued a statement through the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), whose online book of condolence for the football legend garnered tens of thousands of messages.

In the heartfelt statement to the people of Ireland, Mrs Charlton said she was "so grateful to everyone in Ireland who has taken time out to send us their condolences".

"It means so much to me and to the family to know that Jack meant so much to everyone in Ireland and I would like to share this message with the Irish people."

“Jack loved his time with the Irish team and it is clear from all the cards, letters and flowers that have arrived at our house just how much the people of Ireland loved him as well.
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Pat Charlton with her and Jack's grandchildren John (12), Niamh (10) and Róisín (7) with flowers and cards sent by supporters following 'Big Jack's' death earlier this month (FAI)

“I cannot tell you how much that means to me and to John, Deborah and Peter and all the family as we try to come to terms with Jack’s passing. Every day we have received more messages, more cards and more flowers from Ireland, from England and all across the world.

“It has given me great comfort to see all those letters arrive from Ireland and to see the reaction to his death right across the country.

"To know he was so loved in Ireland means such a lot to us all, it really does.”
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Jack Charlton reacts to a standing ovation from Irish supporters during a firndly match against England in Dublin, 2007

Big Jack's eldest son John, who celebrated Ireland's big wins countless times with his father and the Irish team, said that while they are "still coming to terms" with his father's passing, "all the support we have received, here in England and from Ireland, has made such a difference for the family".

“I know thousands of people would have travelled from Ireland to say goodbye to my dad at the funeral but for COVID-19 and I know they marked the day right across Ireland which we are so grateful for," he said, adding that there were plenty of Irish tricolours present at his father's funeral in England.
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Irish supporters gathered in Walkinstown, Dublin to show respect to the passing of former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, on the day his funeral was taking place in England (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“I want to thank them all on behalf of the family. Some of those who have written to us had met my dad over the years, others are just fans who wanted to say thank you and to sympathise with us all.

"It means so much to us."

John went on to say that once the time is right and it can be done safely, the FAI and the family will be organising a proper "Irish send-off" for the legendary Jack Charlton.

"But in the meantime, we want to thank you all for everything over the last fortnight.

"Your support has been really special for us all."

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