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Giant of lost age Charlton brought unity to nation in time of division

David Kelly


Charlton didn’t kick-start Celtic Tiger or a cultural revolution but by being himself he broke down old barriers

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Ireland manager Jack Charlton speaks to his players prior to the penalty shoot-out against Romania during the 1990 World Cup Round of 16 clash at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland manager Jack Charlton speaks to his players prior to the penalty shoot-out against Romania during the 1990 World Cup Round of 16 clash at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ireland manager Jack Charlton speaks to his players prior to the penalty shoot-out against Romania during the 1990 World Cup Round of 16 clash at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. Photo: Sportsfile

The price of acquiring innocence is to accept its inevitable demise.

The end of the beginning of the Charlton era coincided with an accidental appointment and the beginning of its end would be shrouded in the tragedy of the Lansdowne Riots.

It was an international managerial career virtually bookended by the glorious liberation of major tournament success against his native England, and the surly abandonment of the riot-stricken Dublin visit of the same country in 1995.