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A genuine love affair: There was nothing manufactured about Jack Charlton's relationship with Ireland

Vincent Hogan


 

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Fan favourite: Jack Charlton waves to the supporters after the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Holland at the 1990 World Cup.

Fan favourite: Jack Charlton waves to the supporters after the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Holland at the 1990 World Cup.

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Celebrating the win over Italy four years later in the USA

Celebrating the win over Italy four years later in the USA

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Tributes paid to the England legend at league grounds over the weekend

Tributes paid to the England legend at league grounds over the weekend

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Hero’s welcome: Jack Charlton is introduced to the crowd ahead of the match between Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in 2015

Hero’s welcome: Jack Charlton is introduced to the crowd ahead of the match between Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in 2015

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England 66

England 66

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Fan favourite: Jack Charlton waves to the supporters after the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Holland at the 1990 World Cup.

In 1996, while a guest on BBC Radio Four's 'Desert Island Discs', Jack Charlton was asked how he felt about the "adulation" afforded him in Ireland.

"I don't like the word adulation," he told presenter, Sue Lawley. "I like to think of the Irish as friends of mine."

Lawley, however, persisted. How did it make him feel?