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BBC To Air Special Jack Charlton Tribute Show This Weekend

BBC To Air Special Jack Charlton Tribute Show This Weekend

While the feats of Jack Charlton's managerial career are known by every single supporter of Irish football, it's often forgotten just how good a player he was too.

Granted, that might appear to be a strange thing to say about a World Cup-winning defender, but amidst all the recent tributes to Charlton, it's telling how highly his former teammates regarded his ability on the pitch too.

For example, John Giles said that for a period of six years, his teammate at Leeds was the best defender in England and while he might not have been as technically gifted as his brother Bobby, the defender's no-nonsense approach endeared him to the Elland Road faithful.

During his time at the club, he won a League Championship, a Second Division Championship, the FA and League Cups, two Fairs Cups, and was named Footballer of the Year in 1967.

Despite only winning his first international cap at the age of 30, Charlton left a lasting legacy in his 35 games for England. In fact, he was on the losing side just twice, and famously, heĀ helped his country win the World Cup in 1966.

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In a week that has seen wonderful tributes being paid to Charlton's legacy, it's fitting that Match Of Their Day returns with a special episode dedicated to the career of Jack Charlton.

The official synopsis states: "Garth Crooks talks to Jack Charlton about his playing career with Leeds United and England. A special episode of the programme dedicated to Jack Charlton, the World Cup winner and former Republic of Ireland manager, who died earlier this month at the age of 85."

Set record for Match Of Their Day when it airs at 22.45 on BBC Two this Saturday.

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