Jack Charlton will never be forgotten, tribute to Leeds United legend from Leeds City Council

THE leader of Leeds City Council says Leeds United legend Jack Charlton will never be forgotten and neither will his impact on football.

Saturday, 11th July 2020, 11:30 am
Updated Saturday, 11th July 2020, 11:34 am

Whites legend and England World Cup winner Charlton passed away on Friday aged 85 after a long-term illness.

Charlton joined the Whites at the age of 15 in 1950 and went on to make a club record 773 appearances for Leeds over a 23-year period as a player.

His influence on the city then remained strong after retirement and Councillor Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council, has paid tribute to a "legend in English football."

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WHITES GREATS: Jack Charlton, centre, and Norman Hunter, left, look on as Leeds United take on Leicester City at Elland Road in January 2014. Picture by Simon Hulme.

“I am deeply saddened to hear the news that Jack has passed away," said Councillor Blake.

"He was a legend in English football and it is an absolute privilege that he spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds United.

"As well as being an amazing player, Jack was a true gentleman off the pitch.

"We will never forget him or his impact on the sport.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends, former teammates and everyone connected with Leeds United at this incredibly sad time.”