Hundreds of well wishers lined the streets of Ashington in Northumberland today to pay their respects as the funeral cortege for Jack Charlton passes through his childhood home town.

Affectionately known as ‘Big Jack’, he was part of the World Cup winning team in 1966 and played as a defender for England. He spent his 21-year playing career at Leeds United making 773 appearances before retiring as a player in 1973. He went on to become the manager of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland.

Jack Charlton died on July 10 aged 85. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma and dementia. His funeral was held at the West Road Crematorium in Newcastle attended by close family.

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