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Ireland superfan Davy Keogh with his banner. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland superfan Davy Keogh with his banner. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Ireland superfan Davy Keogh with his banner. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland superfan Davy Keogh, best known for sporting his 'Davy Keogh Says Hello' flag at matches, has called on the nation to roll out its green bunting as a tribute to legend Jack Charlton.

Tributes have flooded in for the sporting great, who passed away over the weekend aged 85.

Dubliner Mr Keogh is encouraging sports fans to deck out their homes in bunting like they did during games in 1988, 1990 and 1994 as a send-off for Big Jack's funeral.

"I thought it would be a great thing to do, go back to the '90s and '80s when all the people had their decorations, flags and bunting out.

"It would be a great tribute to Jack and he put the country back on the map.

"It was a bad time work-wise and all that, so I think it would be fantastic," he said.

Mr Keogh posted a video on social media last night, holding his famous 'Davy Keogh Says Hello' flag, and urging the nation to take part in the colourful tribute to the former Ireland manager.

"I want the whole country decked out in green, white and orange for Jack, that's what I want.

"I put a video out on Facebook and it has thousands of views so I think we're on the way now," he said. "I live in the Iveagh flats, so we'll have the Iveagh flats all decked out, absolutely."

He said the news of Charlton's death on Saturday hit him hard.

Devastated

"Without a doubt I was devastated. I was good friends with Jack and it hit me hard.

"Everyone who grew up in that era, they were all part of Jackie's Army.

"We're all sitting here now and talking about it and it is devastating.

"He was a very nice man, a very good man," he added.

"He put the whole country on the map big time and he deserves a good send off."

Charlton is survived by his wife Pat, his children John, Deborah and Peter, his grandchildren, his extended family and friends.

Footballer Paul McGrath called him a "father figure" after the news broke on Saturday. "Absolutely gutted. Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya," he tweeted.

Irish Independent


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