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A genuine love affair: There was nothing manufactured about Jack Charlton's relationship with Ireland


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Jack Charlton, pictured at his home in 2016, never lost that stamp of a Northumbrian coal-miner’s son. Photo: Mark Pinder/Meta-4

Jack Charlton, pictured at his home in 2016, never lost that stamp of a Northumbrian coal-miner’s son. Photo: Mark Pinder/Meta-4

Jack Charlton, pictured at his home in 2016, never lost that stamp of a Northumbrian coal-miner’s son. Photo: Mark Pinder/Meta-4

In 1996, while a guest on BBC Radio Four's 'Desert Island Discs', Jack Charlton was asked how he felt about the "adulation" afforded him in Ireland.

"I don't like the word adulation," he told presenter, Sue Lawley. "I like to think of the Irish as friends of mine."

Lawley, however, persisted. How did it make him feel?