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Position Centre back
Born 08 May 1935, Ashington (England)
Height 186 cm
Weight 82 kg
International Caps England: 35 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 May 1952 16 May 1973 772 95 £0

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1952 - 1953 1  0  0  0  0 
1954 - 1955 1  0  0  0  0 
1955 - 1956 34  1  0  0  0 
1956 - 1957 21  1  0  0  0 
1957 - 1958 40  1  0  0  0 
1958 - 1959 391 1  0  0  0 
1959 - 1960 413 1  0  0  0 
1960 - 1961 417 1  41 0  0 
1961 - 1962 349 21 32 0  0 
1962 - 1963 382 31 11 0  0 
1963 - 1964 253 0  2  0  0 
1964 - 1965 399 81 2  0  0 
1965 - 1966 406 2  1  112 0 
1966 - 1967 285 62 4  7  0 
1967 - 1968 345 41 51 111 0 
1968 - 1969 413 2  2  74 0 
1969 - 1970 323 91 21 7  0 
1970 - 1971 416 4  1  103 0 
1971 - 1972 415 51 4  1  0 
1972 - 1973 183 1  41 2  0 
Total 62970 528 357 5610 0 

Jabba's Comments

A one club man - and a one man awkward squad. That was Jack Charlton - big brother of Bobby and one of the greatest central defenders to have played the game. Early on in his career, his firmly held opinions and attitude did not make for a good relationship with the management, but under Don Revie he blossomed. He finally won international recognition in 1965, going on to be a crucial part of the 1966 World Cup-winning team and picking up a total of 35 caps and the 1967 Footballer of the Year award. He recognised that he had needed a bit of a kick up the backside to spur him on - in 1967, he said: "After following in the footsteps of my uncles Jack George and Jimmy Milburn to Elland Road just after I left school in Ashington I was scarcely a model of what a young player should be... I had my own ideas and I am afraid they did not always coincide with the methods of the men in charge. Don said: 'You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Instead of playing centre-forward in the reserves with your ability you should be playing centre-half for England.' My career should be a warning to every young lad who comes into the game. With everything in my favour... I still managed to get off the rails and waste many valuable years before I got on the right track."

As a player, his longevity was impressive and he was nearly 37 when he picked up his FA Cup winners medal in 1972. Age was catching up with him, and after a further year at Leeds, he retired from the field of play.

As a manager, Big Jack enjoyed success with Middlesbrough, getting them promoted to Division 1, he did well at Sheffield Wednesday, but a move back to the North East to manage Newcastle didn't get off to a great start. The fans didn't like it, dished out the abuse and Jack decided he didn't need it, so he walked away. He was a controversial choice to take over as manager of the Republic of Ireland, but enjoyed immense success with a simple game and an assiduous scanning of players' birth certificates. For making the best of limited resources and doing it in such good spirit, he was runner-up in World Soccer's Manager of the Year poll in 1988.

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Jonathan Sethna says: 14th March 2003. Really excited at the moment, I work in London SE1. Was on the phone and looked out and big Jack walked past. I simutaneously waved and he waved back. Wicked, the mans a legend.

Ann S. Allridge, Republic of Ireland says: I'm a member of the Western Front Association, and have just received the September copy of our magazine "Stand To!" Please beg, borrow or steal a copy - Jack Charlton's double is the sergeant on the front cover, leading a group of East Lancs. soldiers through the village of Metz-en-Couture in January 1918! Great memories of Jack as Ireland's Soccer Manager! What a character.

Dave Wilson says: I saw him in Marks and Spencers in Newcastle once - the man is huge!

Dean Walker says: i met jack charlton during bob a job week whilst i was a cub scout, around 1968 i went to his cloths shop which he had, in harehills lane. myelf and andrew balmforth were to white wash his celler. for some reason or another it never happened but i have always been a great fan of the old giraffe

Dave Powell says: First Leeds Match I saw was at Wolves around 1970 Big Jack got his nose broken but carried on playing with blood down his shirt. That is typical of the way he played, always 100%

Ian says: Never saw him play live, but saw him on the train to York today - 20/04/2004

John {Jack} Charlton says: I only learned of Jack Charlton from Our Security Officer at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon U.S.A.. My name is Jack Charlton, and I have a Brother Rob {"Bob"}, so I was intreaged. I am of Scottish, Irish, and English background, and my ancestors were Sea Captains, {or at least one of them!} who came to America to settle. hope to visit some day, and find Family in Great Briton.

bill stevenson says: as a celtic fan i travelled down for jacks testomonial game, i think it was a draw 2-2 does anyone know the number of celtic supporters at that game, i remember a massive support and would love to know how many travelled down

Ste says: He might have been crazy but GOOD! we like 'em crazy! World cup winner, geordie Leeds fan - say no more.

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