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The Best Irish Reaction To The 'Finding Jack Charlton' Documentary

The Best Irish Reaction To The 'Finding Jack Charlton' Documentary

Last night, Virgin Media broadcast a documentary film about the life of the late great Jack Charlton, and Irish viewers were hooked.

Charlton won the 1966 World Cup with England as a player, before going on to manage the Irish team for ten years from 1986 to 1996. During his time in charge of Ireland, the national team went through an incredible run of form, beating England at Euro 88 and Italy at the 1994 World Cup – though the most memorable moment of his reign was the run to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Charlton became a national treasure on both sides of the Irish Sea. Last year, Charlton sadly passed away after a battle with dementia, leading to an outpouring of affection from Irish and English alike. Virgin Media’s airing of Finding Jack Charlton last night was the closer to their dementia awareness week, and was followed by an original show speaking to members of the 1990 and 1994 Irish squads about their memories of the late great.

Finding Jack Charlton really became a communal viewing experience, with many Irish viewers taking to Twitter to once again express their affection for Big Jack.

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Virgin Media's dementia awareness week has raised a spectacular €620,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland - and you can still donate €4 by texting "MEMORY" to 50300.

And, if you missed Finding Jack Charlton last night, it airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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Eoin Harrington

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