Northern Ireland legend Pat Jennings has added his tribute to his good friend Jack Charlton, as the football family continues to mourn the passing of the Republic of Ireland, England and Leeds United hero.
Close friends and family will say an emotional farewell to 'Big Jack' at his funeral service in Newcastle on Tuesday.
The former Republic of Ireland manager, who died aged 85 last Friday, had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
Northern Ireland's record appearance holder Jennings has golden memories of playing against Charlton, watching him win the World Cup next to his brother Bobby in 1966 at Wembley, and admiring his heroics with the Republic.
Under his management, the Republic qualified for a major tournament for the first ever time by reaching Euro '88 where Ray Houghton's goal provided an historic win over England.
Two years later, Charlton was at the helm as the Republic qualified for the World Cup for the first time, going on to reach the quarter-finals after beating Romania on penalties in the last-16.
Another World Cup followed in the USA in 1994 where Houghton again provided one of the most memorable moments of Charlton's tenure when his strike gave them a famous 1-0 win over Italy.
The former Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle boss spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973.
So many tributes have flooded in for this icon of English and Irish football and Jennings remembers an intimidating opponent and kind-hearted friend.
"I was really sad to learn of Jack's passing," said the Newry man whose 40-year association with Spurs as a player and then coach now sees him working with young keepers at the club.
"He was a real handful as a player, a big lad who liked to stand on top of the goalkeepers, pretty much on your bootlaces.
"Teams used to put defenders on him to mark him but I liked to say leave him to me as I was confident I could deal with the threat but he was a tricky opponent. I'd have rather played with him than against him!
"I played against Jack many times in my career and away from football I was fortunate to get to know an absolute gentleman.
"I can remember when Northern Ireland played the Republic in Dublin I asked him for a few tickets for a business pal of mine. I didn't know anyone in the FAI so I thought about asking Jack. He sent me the tickets, I sent him the money and he sent it back saying, 'Pat, as much as I like money, there's no way I'm going to take it from you'. What a gentleman.
"He did a fantastic job for the Republic but he did have a style of play which all the players didn't agree with. He wasn't afraid to leave gifted players out of the team so his style could be adopted.
"The modern game would probably have driven Jack mad, waiting for the ball to cross the halfway line after 20 passes! In the Liverpool game this week we saw two mistakes in defence that led to Arsenal goals.
"Jack was a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and I was privileged to be there for the final after following the team in the tournament.
"Tottenham played a Mexican team that England played against in the World Cup and I can remember going to Wembley and watching all the games. They are great memories.
"I work with Sir Geoff Hurst on the McDonald's grassroots programmes with the football associations and that team was a special group of people."
The 75-year-old, whose son Pat is goalkeeping coach with St Pat's, is confident Northern Ireland's new manager Ian Baraclough will maintain the incredible progress of the Michael O'Neill era.
Baraclough makes the step up from the Under-21s and has signed an 18-month contract which will run until the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Leicester man was the IFA's choice to take the squad into the forthcoming Euro 2021 play-offs, plus the Nations League and World Cup qualifying campaigns.
"I don't know Ian very well but it's nice to see the continuity with his appointment," added Jennings.
"Ian was in charge of the Under-21s and he knows all the players. He doesn't have much time to work with the players but he knows them inside out.
"Keeping on Jimmy Nicholl was another smart move. Jimmy also knows the players' strengths and weaknesses and it would have been worrying if we lost him with all the experience he has gained in his life.
"I've really missed the football festivals and grassroots football work and haven't been to Northern Ireland since the Telegraph awards in January. I can't wait to come back."
Jennings believes any Euro 2020 play-off final between Baraclough's side and the Republic of Ireland at Windsor Park in November would be played in the right atmosphere and spirit. If Northern Ireland triumph over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica and the Republic win in Slovakia during October, the two Irish sides will clash at Windsor Park on November 12 with a place in the finals on the line.
No doubt if the international derby becomes a reality, it will bring some uncomfortable memories to the surface of the infamous World Cup qualifier at Windsor on November 17, 1993 when the Republic were one point away from making it to USA '94.
It was mission accomplished after a 1-1 draw but the match was played in a politically-charged atmosphere at a time of high sectarian tension and horrific terrorist attacks.
The country has been able to shake off much of that sectarian poison and Jennings, a loyal supporter of peace building charity Co-operation Ireland, is hopeful politics can stay out of football.
"Things have got a lot better politically and we want to watch a match while leaving politics to one side," he added. "The country has moved on a lot and a lot of respect would be shown, even though it would be a high-stakes game and an interesting one to watch.
"I played against the Republic a number of times and I don't think they scored against us whenever I played. In football you just have to play whatever opposition you are up against and unfortunately both Irish sides can't progress."