Jack Charlton, a member of the legendary England football team who won the 1966 World Cup on home ground, has died aged 85, his former club Leeds United announced on Saturday (July 11). That was typical of the man who kept the common touch despite his fame and remained an affable character, fond of life's simple pleasures.
"I knew he was bed-ridden over the past ten days".
The country also played in the finals at the 1988 European Championship, achieving a notable 1-0 win over England - and at the 1994 World Cup in the United States where they achieved their first victory at a finals, also 1-0 against pre-tournament favourites Italy.
Former England skipper Wayne Rooney tweeted his condolences to the family, including Charlton's younger brother and Manchester United great Bobby. "He was strong, left- and right-footed, good balance, good skills".
There were tensions in the relationship between the siblings over Bobby's wife, Norma.
Players who worked under and had played alongside Charlton also paid homage to "Big Jack".
"The word legend is used too much in football but not for Jack, for what he's done domestically with Leeds, winning the World Cup, which he should have been knighted for, I've still never understood that, I think that's an absolute disgrace and the fact that he did so well with Ireland". He told us how we should play, each and every one of us. "We were a match for anybody in the world".
The then 80-year-old appeared on the Aviva Stadium pitch ahead of the worldwide friendly between Ireland and England, the first meeting between the two countries here since the infamous Lansdowne Road riot of 1995. He resigned in 1995 after losing in a Euro 1996 playoff to the Netherlands.
Charlton led the country to two World Cups and a European Championship, and his team's victory over Italy in NY in the 1994 World Cup remains revered by supporters.
"He came to personify a golden era in Irish football. His legacy within Ireland is absolutely huge".
Charlton was awarded honorary Irish citizenship a year later.
Ireland also reached the last 16 in the 1994 World Cup - beating Italy in NY - and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said he had "changed Irish football forever".
"I am as much Irish as I am English", said Charlton, who was given the freedom of Dublin. My grandad, Jack Charlton, died peacefully at home.
The Geordie's direct approach to the game split opinion among football fans, with critics believing he didn't get the most from a talented squad.
Flowers, scarves and football shirts had been laid around Charlton's personalised floor tile outside Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.