Campaign Launched To Erect Statue Of Football Legend In His Hometown – A campaign has been launched to erect a statue of football legend Jack Charlton in his hometown Ashington after he died aged 85.
Charlton passed away on Friday after being diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year. He was also 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 colorful career as a manager.
A statement on the fundraising page read: “He came from a footballing town in Ashington that also produced his brother and fellow World Cup winner Bobby Charlton, who became a Manchester United legend, winning the European Cup and Ballon d’Or.
“It is only fitting that this is remembered with a statue in his hometown of Ashington.”
Among those supporting the statue are union leaders, councilors, and several MPs, including Ian Lavery – Ashington’s MP.
One of English football’s most popular and larger-than-life characters, Charlton had spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, and the Republic of Ireland, who he guided to their first major finals at Euro 88 and two more in the space of 10 years.
But Charlton was also remembered as a miner and a son of a mining family,
He stood by the community he came from, supporting the miners’ strike in the 1980s and even lending his car to the men on the pickets.
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Charlton’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.