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Jack Charlton showed he was a leader on and off the pitch

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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton, the outstanding footballer and the highly successful manager of the Republic of Ireland's soccer squad, was a leader, both on and off the pitch.

His response, when the Republic's famous victoy over Italy in the 1994 World Cup was overshadowed by the mass murder of fans watching the match live on a public-house TV set in Loughinisland, showed just what a great leader that he truly was.

When interviewed by UTV the next morning, Charlton could have been expected to want to talk about one of the greatest World Cup upsets. Instead, however, Big Jack only had thoughts and words about the dead and injured of Loughinisland. In that moment Charlton transcended sport and guaranteed his place in posterity.

Belfast Telegraph