Thursday 23 February 2017

Jack Charlton proved he's a real man of the people with where he watched the Euro 2016 final

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Despite winning the World Cup with England and a few league titles with Leeds, Jack Charlton still hasn't lost the common touch.

The teak tough former centre back is beloved by fans in both England - due to his playing career - and in Ireland, after leading the Boys in Green to their first major tournament in 1988 and two more thereafter.

Charlton is 81 now, and he made his most recent public appearance last summer when Ireland and England clashed in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.

The former Ireland boss received a marvellous ovation in Dublin that afternoon, which highlighted that he remains as popular today as he was in his heyday, and he gained even more favour among football fans during the Euro 2016 final last night.

A tweet from Chronicle Live Journalist Lee Ryder shows that the World Cup-winner watched the match in what looks like a local pub, conversing with fans as he enjoyed a drink and the football.

It is brilliant to see Big Jack out with supporters and no doubt regaling them with tales from his storied career.

As RTE's Tony O'Donoghue said in his reply to the tweet, we are all still part of Jack's Army.


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