Jack Charlton funeral: Brother Bobby sends heartfelt letter after being unable to say goodbye due to health reasons

Jack Charlton funeral: Brother Bobby sends heartfelt letter after being unable to say goodbye due to health reasons

Jack Charlton funeral: Brother Bobby sends heartfelt letter after being unable to say goodbye due to health reasons

JACK CHARLTON’S family yesterday said goodbye to their beloved husband, father and grandad as wellwishers packed the streets of his hometown for the England hero’s funeral.

Brother Bobby was unable to attend the service due to health reasons.

Jack Charlton's hearse passes through Ashington

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Jack Charlton’s hearse passes through Ashington

Jack's coffin is carried into West Road crematorium in Newcastle

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Jack’s coffin is carried into West Road crematorium in Newcastle

Flowers were shaped into an England shirt with 'Jackie' written across

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Flowers were shaped into an England shirt with ‘Jackie’ written across

Jack Charlton proudly holds the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966

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Jack Charlton proudly holds the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966Credit: PA:Press Association

Brother Tommy Charlton and his wife walk into the church

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Brother Tommy Charlton and his wife walk into the church

Jack's wife Pat is helped into the funeral ceremony

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Jack’s wife Pat is helped into the funeral ceremony

Jack's wife Pat left an emotional message 'I will miss you forever'

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Jack’s wife Pat left an emotional message ‘I will miss you forever’

A resident throws a tribute over the hearse

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A resident throws a tribute over the hearseCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The touching message written by his brother, Bobby

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The touching message written by his brother, Bobby

A message that reads 'we will love you forever' written by his family

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A message that reads ‘we will love you forever’ written by his familyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Tommy Charlton travels in the cortege of his brother Jack

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Tommy Charlton travels in the cortege of his brother JackCredit: Getty Images – Getty

An England and Leeds scarf drape over the coffin surrounded by flowers

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An England and Leeds scarf drape over the coffin surrounded by flowersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Flowers in the shape of a football accompanied the coffin

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Flowers in the shape of a football accompanied the coffinCredit: Getty Images – Getty

An image of Jack was carried into the service

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An image of Jack was carried into the serviceCredit: BackGrid

He left a touching message alongside a wreath that read: “Rest in Peace Jack.

“Sending our deepest sympathy. In our thoughts, Bobby, Norma and Family.”

Charlton’s coffin left the family home in Dalton at around 9am and was met by a police escort in Ashington before heading into the town centre.

The hearse was met by hundreds of emotional residents of all ages who paid their respects by applauding the coffin as it passed by.

It made a stop outside Hirst Welfare Centre where Jack played football as a child before continuing to the crematorium in Newcastle.

The coffin was then carried inside the church while Jack’s wife Pat followed behind.

Charlton died aged 85 surrounded by his family on July 10 after a battle with illness.

Coronavirus restrictions meant that only 20 of his family and closest friends were able to attend the service.

Residents hung England and Ireland flags on fences with messages written on such as “legend” and “Ashington’s favourite son.”

Inside the hearse were flowers in the shape of a football with an England scarf draped over the coffin.

And the celebrations of his life continued in Ireland’s capital in Dublin as hundreds gathered to sing songs as they reminisced over his managerial triumph.

The former centre-back was part of the legendary England side that won the 1966 World Cup alongside brother Bobby.

He made his debut for Leeds in the old Division Two in 1953 and went on to become the bedrock of the great Leeds side built by former manager Don Revie.

Charlton then helped them win the First Division title in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.

Jack spent his entire club career at Leeds United from 1950 to 1973 – making 773 appearances.

Internationally, he won a total of 35 caps for England, scoring six goals for his country and was appointed an OBE in 1974.

Charlton retired from playing at the end of the 1972/73 season having scored 96 times for Leeds to make him the club’s ninth highest scorer.

He went on to become the manager of Newcastle United for the 1984-85 season.

Charlton resigned in 1985 and in December of that year he became the first non-Irish manager of the Republic of Ireland.

He became an unlikely national hero as he steered Ireland to their first major finals at Euro 88 in West Germany and two years later led them to their first World Cup finals at Italia 90.

Charlton, already hugely popular for getting them there, won the hearts of a nation and the rest of the footballing world as his side reached the quarter-finals.

Jack Charlton managing Ireland at the 1990 World Cup

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Jack Charlton managing Ireland at the 1990 World CupCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription

Residents in Dublin took to the streets to celebrate their hero

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Residents in Dublin took to the streets to celebrate their heroCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription

Hundreds flocked to Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin to celebrate Jack's life

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Hundreds flocked to Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin to celebrate Jack’s life

Fans hung flags and wore football shirts to pay their respects

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Fans hung flags and wore football shirts to pay their respectsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Jack Charlton is considered a legend in Ireland

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Jack Charlton is considered a legend in Ireland

Former England cricketer Steve Harmison is among the crowds

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Former England cricketer Steve Harmison is among the crowdsCredit: BackGrid

Scarfs and flowers drape over the coffin in the hearse

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Scarfs and flowers drape over the coffin in the hearseCredit: Getty Images – Getty

People of all ages took to the streets to pay their respects

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People of all ages took to the streets to pay their respectsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Jack Charlton died age 85 surrounded by family on July 10

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Jack Charlton died age 85 surrounded by family on July 10Credit: AFP or licensors

Hundreds celebrate the life of the footballing legend

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Hundreds celebrate the life of the footballing legendCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Jack Charlton's funeral procession was taking through his hometown of Ashington

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Jack Charlton’s funeral procession was taking through his hometown of Ashington

Residents lined the streets with England and Ireland flags

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Residents lined the streets with England and Ireland flags

Residents made their way on the streets

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Residents made their way on the streets

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He went on to lead the Republic to the 1994 World Cup finals in the USA.

The tournament brought one of the most famous victories in Irish football history when they beat pre-tournament favourites Italy 1-0 in New Jersey.

Charlton was then awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996 for his achievements.

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