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'We look at him as a man for the people' - Hundreds line the streets to pay final tribute to Jack Charlton

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People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Hundreds of fans have lined the streets of Jack Charlton's hometown of Ashington to pay their respects to the football legend for the final time.

The former Ireland manager passed away on July 10, with a number of fans turning out to say goodbye to Charlton as his hearse passed through the place where he grew up.

Crowds began to gather in Charlton's home town of Ashington in Northumberland early on Tuesday morning ahead of a private family service in Newcastle.

The funeral cortege passed through the town where he and his brother Bobby spent their formative years.

Charlton is also being remembered in Ireland, with the Football Association of Ireland calling on all fans to wear green in memory of the legendary manager.

Radio stations across the country played Put 'Em Under Pressure at 12.30pm, which was the official song of the Republic of Ireland national football team's 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign in Italy.

Dozens of Ireland fans have gathered at Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin, organised by local pub Cherry Tree.

The pub's resident DJ also blasted the famous song at 12.30pm and fans have gathered kitted out in green, complete with Ireland flags and banners to pay their respects.

The FAI have promised that once Covid-19 travel restrictions are completely lifted, Mr Charlton will receive a "fitting send off".

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"On behalf of my mother Pat and all the Charlton family, I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has offered us so much support and sympathy to us at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated," said Mr Charlton's son John.

"The support from the supporters and the nation has been incredible as we bid to give Jack a fitting send-off," said former Ireland striker and FAI Interim Deputy CEO Niall Quinn.

"Jack did so much for all of us, players and fans alike, and 'Put ‘Em Under Pressure' is an appropriate way to say goodbye on Tuesday when we can all wear our green shirts with pride as well as sadness.

"We will honour Jack’s memory in the future when the COVID-19 restrictions have eased but I know the Ireland fans will give him the send-off he deserves," he said in a statement.

Applause broke out as the cortege made its way through Ashington.

The pallbearer walked in front of the cars for a couple of hundred yards before the cortege travelled back to Newcastle for a private service at West Road Crematorium.

Peter Mather, a 68-year-old semi-retired bricklayer, stood on the route of the funeral with a sign saying "Howay Wor Jack".

He said: "I never normally wear a cap but I've got one on today out of respect to Jack.

"I lived over the road from here and I vividly remember watching the World Cup final.

"At the final whistle, he went to his knees, a big hard man like that showing such emotion.

"I'll never forget it."

Irishman Patrick Wilson stood with his family in Ashington to pay his respects.

The 68-year-old civil engineer, who is originally from Rahugh, County Westmeath, but now living in Longframlington, Northumberland, said: "Jack set football off in Ireland. We used to call it soccer.

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People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People attend the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

People attend the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A child holds a placard as he attends the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A child holds a placard as he attends the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People attend the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

People attend the funeral procession of Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, in Ashington, Northumberland, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

Peter Mather, 68, stands with a sign that says 'Howay wor Jack' in Ashington, Northumberland, ahead of Jack Charlton's funeral procession through his hometown and a service at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

Peter Mather, 68, stands with a sign that says 'Howay wor Jack' in Ashington, Northumberland, ahead of Jack Charlton's funeral procession through his hometown and a service at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

The Wilson family line the streets as they wait for the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton to pass through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Wilson family line the streets as they wait for the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton to pass through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland ahead of his funeral service at West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup, playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

"We look at him as a humble person, a man for the people.

"He was a simple sort of person with no airs or graces. Everyone was the same in Jack's eyes."

Peter Cowans (64) decorated the outside of his Ashington home with flags in honour of the World Cup winner.

The former policeman said: "He was a lovely fella, not just a football legend, but a real gentleman too.

"I'm pleased the crowds have turned out in their droves - I knew they would.

"He never forgot his roots."

Leeds United fan Kevin Coe (51) and his six-year-old son Ellis were on the route of the funeral procession.

Referring to a 1971 documentary showing Jack Charlton's home life in Ashington, Mr Coe said: "He just seems to have been a regular guy.

"He was still going out to the clubs, involved in whippet racing.

"It sums up this area."

Mr Coe, from Rothbury, Northumberland, remembered the keen fisherman spending time on the River Coquet.


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