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Leeds United Pay Touching Tribute To Club Legend Jack Charlton

Leeds United Pay Touching Tribute To Club Legend Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton is adored in Ireland, but he is held in equally high esteem in the city of Leeds. While Charlton originally hailed from the North-East of England, it was in Yorkshire that he made his name.

Joining Leeds as a 15-year old, he would go on to spend his entire playing career with the club.

In his first season as a regular, he helped the club achieve promotion from the Second Division in 1956. They would stay in the top flight for four seasons, but it was during his second spell in the First Division that Leeds would experience a golden age.

They won the league in 1969, as well as the FA Cup, a League Cup, and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. In truth they could have won much more, finishing as runner-ups in the league on five occasions between 1965 and 1972. They also lost three FA Cup finals.

There is also the small matter of Charlton's World Cup medal and a Football of the Year award in 1967.

The new of Jack's passing was greeted with an outpouring of grief in Leeds, and there was always going to be some touching tributes to the former defender before their fixture at Swansea this afternoon.

The Leeds players wore tops sporting 'RIP Big Jack' for their warm-up, while a minute's silence and a minute's applause were also held before kick-off.

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A Leeds legend.

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