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Declan Lynch


 

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Jack Charlton waves to the supporters following Ireland's defeat to Italy in the FIFA World Cup 1990 Quarter-Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Jack Charlton waves to the supporters following Ireland's defeat to Italy in the FIFA World Cup 1990 Quarter-Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Jack Charlton waves to the supporters following Ireland's defeat to Italy in the FIFA World Cup 1990 Quarter-Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Italia '90 was the best thing that ever happened in the history of Ireland.

That's not a debating point, it's just the truth, and the only thing up for discussion today is whether it would have happened without Big Jack.

No, is the answer to that one.