Thousands line streets for Jack Charlton's funeral in his North East hometown

George Martin
·3 min read
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.
People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland. (PA)

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Jack Charlton’s hometown in the north-east of England for the funeral of England World Cup winner.

Charlton, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career and managed the Republic of Ireland, died earlier this month aged 85.

Crowds flocked to Charlton’s home town of Ashington in Northumberland as his funeral cortege drove through the streets on Tuesday.

The procession slowed as it passed close to 114 Beatrice Street, where Charlton and his brother Bobby grew up, and the park where “Big Jack” learned to play football.

Brother Tommy Charlton outside West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle arriving for the funeral of Jack Charlton. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.
Charlton's Brother Tommy Charlton outside West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle. (PA)
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.
Young fans of Charlton's turned out in droves for the procession. (PA)
File photo dated 30-07-1966 of England's Jack Charlton (r) holds the Jules Rimet trophy aloft as he parades it around Wembley with teammates Ray Wilson (l), George Cohen (second l) and Bobby Moore (second r) following their 4-2 win.
Charlton (right) holds the Jules Rimet trophy aloft as he parades it around Wembley with Bobby Moore. (PA)

Floral tributes in the hearse included a football and a red England shirt with "Jackie 5" on it and a Northumberland piper led the procession for some of the way through the town.

His relatives then descended on a crematorium in Newcastle for a private family service.

Charlton was also being remembered in Ireland – the country he led to the 1988 European Championship and the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

The Football Association of Ireland called on all Republic of Ireland fans to wear green in memory of Charlton and many were pictured in the streets of Dublin paying tribute to him.

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.
People applauded as the hearse drove by. (PA)
The coffin of Jack Charlton is taken into West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle for his funeral. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.
Pall bearers carrying Charlton's coffin for his funeral. (PA)

Charlton was a stalwart of Leeds United's most successful period in the Sixties and played in defence for England during their famous 1966 World Cup campaign.

After initially working alongside his father in a coal mine, he joined the Leeds United ground staff aged 15 and eventually became a player.

Charlton stayed at Leeds for a remarkable 23 years, a spell broken only by national service, playing a major part in the club turning into a major European force.

He was almost 30 when he made his England debut, but became one of the Wembley heroes who played a part in the national side’s victory in the 1966 World Cup final.

Floral tributes for Jack Charlton outside West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle before his funeral. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.
Floral tributes for the former Republic of Ireland manager on his coffin. (PA)
Floral tributes for Jack Charlton outside West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle before his funeral. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.
The footballer died aged 85 earlier this month. (PA)

Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.

After his death, his family said in a statement: "He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.

"His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories."

A private family service was held in Newcastle with a limited number of mourners due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Wife Pat (centre) outside West Road Crematorium, in Newcastle arriving for the funeral of Jack Charlton. The former Republic of Ireland manager, who won the World Cup playing for England, died on July 10 aged 85.
His wife Pat (centre) outside the crematorium in Newcastle. (PA)
Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem "Put em under pressure" at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charltons funeral comes to a close in Newcastle
Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem "Put em under pressure" in Dublin. (PA)
Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem "Put em under pressure" at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charltons funeral comes to a close in Newcastle England.
Hundreds of people came out for the funeral across the Irish capital. (PA)