‘Absolute disgrace’ that Jack Charlton wasn’t knighted – Ray Houghton

Jack Charlton should have been knighted after helping England win the 1966 World Cup, according to former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland midfielder Ray Houghton.

Charlton, who later handed Houghton his international debut in his first match in charge of Ireland against Wales in March 1986, died on Friday aged 85, his family announced in a statement.

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File photo dated 06-05-1972 of Leeds United's Jack Charlton celebrates with the FA Cup after his team's 1-0 win
(L-R) Manchester United's Bobby Charlton takes on Leeds United's Jack Charlton (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
File photo dated 09-07-1985 of Newcastle United manager Jack Charlton.
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85
Jack Charlton has died at 85
Former England player Jack Charlton arrives for the funeral service of former goalkeeper Gordon Banks at Stoke Minster, in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday March 4, 2019. Banks died on Feb. 12 aged 81. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
File photo dated 07-06-2015 of Jack Charlton.
England 1966 World Cup winner & Leeds United legend Jack Charlton dies aged 85
World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85
World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85
Jack Charlton: A World Cup hero with England and Ireland
World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85
Jack Charlton: A World Cup hero with England and Ireland
Jack Charlton: A World Cup hero with England and Ireland
Jack Charlton: A World Cup hero with England and Ireland
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures
Jack Charlton’s career in pictures

Jack Charlton, the former Leeds and England defender who won a World Cup winner’s medal in 1966, has died of lymphoma aged 85. Charlton, diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year, had also been battling dementia. He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and going on to enjoy a successful and colourful career as a manager.

The England team to play Portugal in the World Cup semi final: (back row, l-r) trainer Harold Shepherdson, George Cohen, Martin Peters, Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Bobby Moore, Nobby Stiles; (front row, l-r) Bobby Charlton, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson, Jack Charlton
File photo dated 01-08-1967 of Leeds United first team squad. Back Row: Paul Madeley, Alan Peacock, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Mike O'Grady. Centre Row: Rodney Johnson, Rodney Belfitt, Willie Bell, Gary Sprake, D. Harvey, Albert Johanneson, Eddie Gray. Front Row: John Giles, Jimmy Greenhoff, Paul Reaney, Terry Cooper, Billy Bremner, Mike Bates, Terry Hibbett, Peter Lorimer.
Jack Charlton is the subject of a new feature documentary from the producers of “Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager.” Charlton was part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team and is also hugely popular in Ireland after a stint managing its national team. Noah Media has teamed with Charlton and his family on the […]
Bobby and Jack Charlton
The two teams line up before the match: (l-r) West Germany's Horst-Dieter Hottges, Wolfgang Overath, Siggi Held, Helmut Haller, Wolfgang Weber, Lothar Emmerich, Willi Schulz, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Hans Tilkowski and Uwe Seeler, linesman Tofik Bakhramov, referee Gottfried Dienst, linesman Karol Galba, England's Bobby Moore, George Cohen, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton
Perhaps it is the passage of time. Perhaps it was the drama of extra-time, penalties and playing against Germany, but there is also still something rather British in how the one major international semi-final that England have actually won is also the least remembered of all. And yet there it will forever stand in the record books: July 26, 1966. Wembley Stadium. England 2 Portugal 1. And three goals shared by two of the greatest footballers of any era in Bobby Charlton and Eusebio. Most of those involved will also tell you that it was not just the highest quality match of the entire 1966 tournament, but also England’s best performance. Perhaps, even, ever. Portugal have still never had a team better their eventual third place at a World Cup and, with Eusebio in his absolute prime in a competition that ended with him scoring nine goals and winning the Golden Boot, there was a sense that he was poised to surpass Pele as the world’s greatest player. Portugal had already emphatically dispatched Pele’s Brazil – who had won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and would do so again in 1970 – in the group phase. It was a day, though, when Manchester United midfielder Nobby Stiles was inspired in patrolling the space in front of England’s defence. Two incidents in the years leading up to the match were especially significant. England had played Portugal to a 1-1 draw in Sao Paulo in the 1964 Nations’ Cup and Stiles, says team-mate Terry Paine, had left a psychological scar on Eusebio. Bobby Charlton scores England's second goal against Portugal Credit: Getty Images “The modern-day equivalent of Nobby would be N’Golo Kante,” says Paine, who himself was part of the 1966 squad and played in the 2-0 group win against Mexico. “Nobby was what you would now call a midfield destroyer. He didn’t take any prisoners and, to be completely honest, I think Eusebio was a little bit afraid. I think there was a part of him that didn’t fancy it.” England World Cup 2018 | Latest news What would not be fully revealed until years later was also how administrators at the Football Association had been putting pressure on manager Alf Ramsey not to pick Stiles. Some of his tackling had prompted criticism among pundits and Ramsey had been urged by members of the selection committee to drop him for a game. The England manager simply responded by saying that they would need to find a new manager, mid-tournament, if there was any interference.  Speaking in 2002, Stiles recalled how Ramsey’s handling of the situation had deepened the squad’s loyalty to their manager. “I got slaughtered in the papers, absolutely slaughtered,” said Stiles. “You can’t play if you haven’t got the ball. My job was to win it, give it to Bobby [Charlton] and let him get on with it. The criticism never put me off.  “It wasn’t until going on the coach to the semi against Portugal that I realised something was going on in the country. The atmosphere was unbelievable. Fans everywhere, crowding the bus. The adrenalin kicked in and you started doing things you never thought you could.”  Among the placards, says George Cohen, that greeted the players as they arrived through the swathes of England fans was, “Nobby Stiles for Prime Minister”. There were 94,493 people inside Wembley for what was a 7.30pm kick-off. England, who were in their usual white shirts, took the lead after 30 minutes, when left-back Ray Wilson passed the ball over the Portuguese midfield towards Roger Hunt. In surging for goal, Hunt was challenged by goalkeeper Jose Pereira and the rebound landed in the worst possible place for Portugal: at the feet of Bobby Charlton. Utterly deadly from that range, he finished crisply with his right instep. The 50 minutes that then followed were tense but of the highest quality. Stiles was immense in shadowing Eusebio, but also Jack Charlton in containing striker Jose Torres. It was, according to Paine, a pleasure to have a touchline seat. “Even allowing for Cristiano Ronaldo now, I have not seen a more formidable Portugal side,” he says. “As well as Eusebio, they had a giant striker in Torres but we had Jack, who matched him. It was two exceptional sides; both had genuinely world-class players. To win would confirm just what a good team we had.”  England fans' songbook | Russia 2018 The 80th minute proved decisive. Cohen chipped a 40-yard pass deep into the Portugal half to Geoff Hurst. The West Ham striker turned and took a touch before rolling a pass to the edge of the area, where Bobby Charlton blasted a trademark rising finish inside Pereira. The Wembley crowd broke into a chorus of “Oh when the Saints go marching in”. The mutual sportsmanship was such that several Portugal players shook Charlton’s hand.  And yet two minutes later it was 2-1. Torres finally did get the better of Jack Charlton who, in desperation, used his arm to prevent a certain headed goal. The penalty, scored by Eusebio, was the first goal that a formidable England defence of Gordon Banks, Cohen, Charlton, Bobby Moore and Wilson had conceded in more than seven hours of football. It ensured a dramatic finale, with Banks then making a wonderful save from Mario Coluna to ensure England’s place in their first and – until perhaps Sunday at least – only World Cup final. Eusebio was crying as he left the pitch and, rather like Paul Gascoigne in Turin 24 years later, the match would become forever known in Portugal as the “game of tear”’.  World Cup whatsapp promo Bobby Charlton duly received most headlines but, writing only two years ago in the book, 1966: My World Cup Story, he remained graciously convinced about the identity of England’s match-winner. “Nobby Stiles was handed the job of containing the force and talent of a player who was moving towards the zenith of his powers,” wrote Charlton.  “Some said it was the finest game I ever played in an England shirt, but nobody needed to tell me that all my efforts would have come to nothing if Nobby hadn’t made himself the embodiment of our determination. He kept safe all our ambition and the hopes of all his countrymen.”  WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article  

También conquistaron el Mundial los Charlton en 1966. En su caso, con Inglaterra. Bobby era la gran estrella de aquella selección, mientras que Jack, dos años mayor, jugaba como defensa central. (Foto: Getty Images).

It remains perhaps the most iconic photograph in the history of British sport. England captain Bobby Moore is holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy while on the shoulders of Sir Geoff Hurst and Ray Wilson after England had won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. Wilson, who was 83, on Wednesday became the third member of that team to die after Moore and Alan Ball following what has been a 14-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The left-back and oldest member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s iconic team, Wilson was not well enough to attend the 50th anniversary dinner two years ago, but had been living with his wife Pat in Yorkshire and regularly attending matches at Huddersfield Town with his two sons, Russell and Neil. News of Wilson’s death emerged just as Gareth Southgate named his England squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia and, 52 years on, just simply the passage of time remains sufficient to underline the magnitude of what Wilson helped to achieve. Tributes poured in for a player who never courted the limelight and was among the lesser known of England’s World Cup-winning team, but was regarded by many good judges as the best left-back of his time and the finest in English history. “In many people’s eyes, the best English left-back ever,” said Jimmy Greaves. “We had some laughs and late nights through the years and even with your illness you carried on coming with us and keeping us on our toes until about six years ago. Goodbye old friend.” Ray Wilson (right) celebrates with the Jules Rimet trophy alongside Bobby Moore (left) and Jack Charlton (centre) Credit: PA Sir Bobby Charlton said he was “deeply saddened by the awful news”, describing Wilson as “a great man, an excellent team-mate and a close friend”. Wilson was born in Shirebrook, a Derbyshire mining village in 1934, and was working on the railways when he was signed by Huddersfield at the age of 18. It was there that he was converted from wing-half to full-back by Bill Shankly, then Huddersfield manager, and he broke into the England team from the second tier of English football. Wilson was one of the first of the modern and more mobile full-backs who could influence both ends of the pitch, and this mobility helped to inspire Ramsey’s ‘Wingless Wonders’ system. At the time, most full-backs were physical defenders, but Wilson could match opposing wingers for pace, skill and vision. Ray Wilson (top row, second right) with the England World Cup-winning team Credit: HULTON ARCHIVE He was also selected in the 1962 World Cup squad in Chile and, by the time he had moved to Everton in 1964, he was established in Ramsey’s England team. During the 1966 finals, Wilson was ever-present, providing the incisive pass which allowed Martin Peters to create Hurst’s winner in the quarter-final against Argentina before reaching his 50th cap in the semi-final against Portugal. In the final, his early header fell to Bologna striker Helmut Haller, who duly put West Germany into a 12th-minute lead, but he was among England’s best performers thereafter in the eventual 4-2 victory. Wilson would later joke that he was grimacing in pain in the photograph with Moore as he was shouldering most of his team-mate’s weight and a bronze statue of the four players – Moore, Hurst, Peters and Wilson – stands just yards from West Ham’s old Upton Park stadium. He later also played at Oldham Athletic and Bradford City, where he spent a short period coaching, before working as an undertaker and living just outside Huddersfield in Slaithwaite. As with so many of the 1966 team, the authorities were slow to celebrate Wilson’s achievements. He received an MBE some 34 years after the World Cup win and was inducted into English football’s Hall of Fame in 2008. He sold his World Cup-winning medal in 2002 for £80,750 after deciding it was better to share the funds between his children, rather than simply leave it as a memento. Ray Wilson slides in to take the ball away from France's Philippe Gondet in 1966 Credit: HULTON ARCHIVE Wilson was only 69 when he was diagnosed with dementia in 2004. His England team-mates Nobby Stiles and Peters are also suffering with the disease, while Jack Charlton has been experiencing problems with his memory.  Numerous other former footballers have been diagnosed with various neurological diseases at a worryingly young age and, following a Telegraph campaign, the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association are now funding a research project into the potential link with football. It is, though, 16 years since former England international, Jeff Astle, died from a type of dementia – chronic traumatic encephalopathy – that is caused by head trauma. World Cup winners Roger Hunt, left, and Ray Wilson of Liverpool and Everton, champions and FA Cup-winners respectively, show the Jules Rimet trophy a fortnight after England's victory to the Goodison crowd before the Charity Shield Credit: PA Photos In recent interviews, Wilson’s family have described how he remained happy even during his illness and spent much of his later years drawing and walking their dogs. The unexpected passion for art was prompted when his son’s partner bought him a colouring book and he has sketched thousands of detailed pictures of fantastical creatures on A4 sheets of card. For their promotion-winning 2016-17 season, Huddersfield released a new second-change kit in Wilson’s honour. It was designed with the tag line ‘Legends Are Rarely Made’ and, 50 years on from England’s greatest football triumph, was in the same red of the 1966 World Cup winning kit. The kit had Wilson’s signature in white, beneath the collar on the back, and below the white badge on the front. An old pair of his football boots are also on display in the boardroom. Joe Royle, who made his Everton debut in the same year that Wilson helped them also win the FA Cup at Wembley in 1966, said last night that Wilson had played “in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players”. He added that Wilson “was certainly one of those - a maestro”. When poised to win his 100th cap, Steven Gerrard explained even more succinctly how Wilson shared the most elevated possible platform in English football. “Hero status is given out far too easily,” he said. “As far as playing for England goes, there are 11 heroes. The rest haven’t really delivered.”  
Tommy Charlton is looking to follow in his older brothers footsteps and represent his country
File photo dated 15-06-1966 of Jack Charlton (centre).
File photo dated 14-12-2008 of Jack Charlton arrives for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2008 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool
File photo dated 18-05-1967 of Leeds United's England international Jackie Charlton, elected Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, is pictured with the trophy, presented to him at the Association's annual dinner at the Cafe Royal, London.
File photo dated 10-04-1965 of Brothers Bobby Charlton (centre) of Manchester United and Jackie Charlton of Leeds United (right) on the field at Wembley Stadium, where both were in the England team which drew 2-2 with Scotland.
File photo dated 26-06-1966 of England's Charlton brothers, Jack (l) and Bobby (r), relax at a pre-tournament function.
File photo dated 02-02-1985 of Newcastle manager Jack Charlton at the start of their game against West Ham United.

As tributes poured in from his former clubs and the Premier League announced black armbands will be worn by players at all matches this weekend, Houghton labelled Charlton a "legend" after winning a clutch of honours with Leeds as a player and helping the Republic qualify for the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and Euro 1988.

But while younger brother Sir Bobby was among a number of England stars to receive knighthoods in the years after they lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy, Jack did not, which left Houghton incredulous.

"He was a larger than life character," Houghton told talkSPORT.

"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 changed everything about Irish football because there was a stage where we hadn't qualified for tournaments, we had some great players and very good managers but didn't quite get over the line.

"Jack came in and changed that mentality, got us through two World Cups and one European Championship. His legacy within Ireland is absolutely huge."

Mick McCarthy was appointed Republic captain by Charlton and went on to succeed the former defender as manager of the national side in 1996.

"It's a real shock that he's passed away and I'm very, very sad," McCarthy told talkSPORT.

"It was the happiest time of my career, he made it simple for me and I'll always remember him for that.

"I wasn't the best player in that team, nowhere near. But he saw something in me and I'll never forget him for that."

John Aldridge, Houghton and McCarthy's former Republic team-mate, tweeted: "Absolutely gutted that Big Jack has passed away! What a football man, loved and adored, specially in Ireland. The best manager I was lucky to play for.

"The times we had on and off the pitch were priceless! My thoughts are with (wife) Pat and the family! RIP my good friend. Never forgotten!"

The Premier League announced players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute's silence in all matches this weekend in tribute to Charlton.

Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack."

Charlton started his managerial career at Middlesbrough in 1973 and is still revered on Teesside after leading the club into the old first division as champions in his four-year stint.

A Boro spokesman said: "Middlesbrough FC are saddened to hear the news. Jack was a true gentleman and was liked by everyone who met him.

"He had a great playing career and was a very successful manager, particularly at Middlesbrough, where he guided us to promotion in 1974.

"Our thoughts are with Jack's family and friends. He was a great football man and he will be sorely missed."

After leaving Middlesbrough, he went to manage Sheffield Wednesday, who tweeted: "Everyone at Sheffield Wednesday is saddened to learn of the passing of club legend Jack Charlton. RIP"

Charlton also had a spell in charge of Newcastle, who tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former #NUFC manager and England World Cup winner, Jack Charlton at the age of 85. RIP, Jack. A true legend of the game."

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