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World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies age 85

World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland Manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.

The former Leeds United defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma and also had dementia.

Big Jack as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully at his Northumberland home on Friday, his family said.

Charlton, the older brother of Manchester United legend Bobby, was part of England’s World Cup winning side of 1966.

He spent his entire club career with one club- Leeds United- from 1950- 1973, making a record 762 total competitive appearances for the Whites.

With his time at Leeds United, he helped them to the Second Division Title (1963-4) and First Division Title (1968-9).

His spell at Leeds also yielded an FA Cup win (1972), League Cup (1968), Charity Shield (1969) and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup’s in 1968 and 1971.

Charlton was called up to the England team just days before his 30th birthday and went on to make 35 international appearances and scored six goals.

He appeared in two World Cups and one European Championship but will be remembered most for his no nonsense defending as a centre back.

After his playing days were over, he decided to turn his hand to management and led Middlesbrough to the second division title in 1973-4.

He spent four years in the North East before resigning in April 1977, where he took charge of Sheffield Wednesday for six seasons.

Despite a short spell back at Middlesbrough as caretaker manager and one season at Newcastle, he always had aspirations to manage at International level.

He took charge of the Republic of Ireland national side in 1986 and led them to their first ever World Cup in 1990, where they reached the quarter-finals.

In his ten-year stint in charge of Ireland he also led the Irish to qualification at Euro 1998 and the 1994 World Cup.

In January 1996, Charlton resigned from his position and went into retirement.

Big Jack was a football man, loved and adored by everybody in the football world.

To spend an entire career at one club in today’s world is unheard off. To hear so many nice words said about such a gentleman speaks for itself.

Jack Charlton’s name will live forever with not just Leeds fans, but Irish football fans who fittingly called him a legend.

It would be fitting if Leeds United can go on and seal promotion to the Premiership in memory of not just Charlton, but two other greats who passed away this year. Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry.

 

Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.

Should Port Vale look to sign this experienced goalkeeper?

Port Vale haven’t had the best start to the new League Two campaign, winning just 1 out of their opening 4 games.

The Valiants were relegated from League One last season, after only been able to amass 49 points and would have looked to have started life in League Two in much better fashion than they have done.

After having a complete overhaul of the playing staff in the summer, the club saw no fewer than 23 players arrive at Vale Park either on permanent or loan deals, including the signings of goalkeepers Rob Lainton and Sam Hornby.

Despite the signings of new goalkeepers, the club have conceded 8 goals in the league so far, something that manager Michael Brown will want to address and quickly as the club find themselves 23rd out of 24 in the league table,

With this in mind the club should look to sign experienced goalkeeper Shay Given.

Shay Given – Having played over 100 times for the Republic of Ireland and having made just short of 700 club appearances throughout his career, it is clear to see he has plenty of experience.

Following his release from Stoke City at the end of last season, Given, spent some of the summer training with National League side Macclesfield Town but has since left the club, which leaves the Irishman looking for a new club.

If Port Vale were to bring him to the club his experience could certainly be valuable right now, and help them to turn their current campaign around.

Port Vale fans would you like to see Shay Given come into your club? Could he make a positive difference to your team? Let us know in the comments…