50 years on from the Charltons' greatest day - and the greatest day for English football; It didn't end in 1966 for Jack as a stint with Ireland brought unexpected glory Today marks the 50th anniversary of the most glorious day in English football history - and Ashington boys Jack and Bobby Charlton were at the centre of it. Chief Sports Writer LEE RYDER spoke to Jack about the World Cup win of 1966.
For English football fans, to freshen up a line from Baddiel and Skinner's Three Lions, that's now 50 years of hurt - but for England legend Jack he is able to bring the glory of the tournament to life again.
We're sat in Dunston UTS' club house on a pleasant summer night with Jack enjoying a drink and sitting among local fans on the non-league scene.
The Ashington legend walks into the room to a standing ovation before satisfying a long queue of punters who want shirts signed and pictures.
Rather than making a sharp exit or requesting a private area, though, Jack pulls up a chair to take in the Euro 2016 final as Portugal beat the hosts France.
When asked his thoughts about the 1966 win over West Germany, Charlton gives his own unique take on the win at Wembley and recalling one of his most vivid memories.
He said: "There was one stage in the game when our kid was running back upfield and then he just stopped and I said: 'How are you?', then I just hugged him.
"Sir Alf spoke to us before we went on to the field for extra time and he said: 'You've won it once, now win it again'.
"He also said before extra time: 'Don't sit down, don't show the Germans you're tired.' "When we went off after we'd won the crowd demanded we came back and we went out again.
"Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were running at the front, I wasn't - I just stayed at the back."
Jack, now 81, partnered victorious skipper Bobby Moore in the final and still recalls his bird's eye view of his captain's exquisite pass through for Hurst to score his hat-trick and seal a 4-2 win.
He added: "There were some fantastic moments.
"When Bobby Moore put that ball forward for Geoff Hurst to win it famously was one of them.
"Bobby was fantastic. He wasn't a centre-half to me, I would stay in the centre-half position, Bobby would run and take the ball out of defence so I'd go across and fill the room behind him.
"I'll be honest, it was difficult for me, especially against the Germans.
"Bobby, though, was captain and did what he did, he was a very good friend.
"Technically he was ahead of his time as a player.
"He was one of the defenders who started to play from the back, through the midfield and sometimes support the front two."
The pair's friendship extended to the 1970 World Cup when Moore famously tackled Pele with perfection before England lost 3-2 to West Germany later in the competition. Charlton said: "At that tournament in Mexico 1970, Bobby and I and some of the lads went for a walk.
"We found some rocks and we were diving straight into the sea.
"He said: 'They're might be some sharks in here, eh lads!' They were great days."
However, it will be the celebrations of winning the competition in 1966 which will always be remembered for those involved.
Charlton said: "We just went to a nightclub and all the lads were there.
"All the taxis arrived and we went straight into London.
"There was food laid out on a long table, the staff came over to us and just said: 'This is for you lads'.
"I was happy, I had cake on my plate and we'd won the World Cup "It never entered my head we could win it.
"We'd played four or five matches before the final against West Germany.
"We beat Portugal and Uruguay on the way. The Uruguay game was a dirty game, Sir Alf told us not to swap shirts and we walked off.
"Yet winning the World Cup is something which stays with you forever."
| Jack Charlton was speaking at a Newcastle Legends event. For more information go to www.newcastlelegends.com.
JACK Charlton's heroics on the inter-national circuit didn't just extend to the 1966 World Cup final.
With the Republic of Ireland, he guided one of the world's smaller nations to the latter stages of some of the game's major tournaments.
There was a famous victory over England at Euro 88, the run to the quarter-finals of Italia 90 and another scalp at USA 94 against Italy.
Charlton said: "We qualified for everything.
"We got to Euro 88, World Cup 1990, World Cup 1994 and then almost Euro 96 when we lost narrowly to the Dutch at Anfield in a playoff, unlucky.
"As a team we just got better and we finished up a good side."
The World Cup in Italy 26 years ago produced some of the greatest scenes the Irish fans have ever witnessed.
Charlton said: "I remember in Italia 90 we beat Romania in the knockout stages on penalties.
"We got to meet the Pope and lost very narrowly to Italy in the quarterfinals, maybe we could have gone one better to the semis with some luck.
"Schillaci scored the winner but we gained some revenge at the next World Cup when we won 1-0 in New Jersey and Ray Houghton scored a wonderful goal.
"Nobody expected us to win that night at the old Giants Stadium."
Although, the World Cup in the United States also had some controversial moments, not least the day Charlton ended up being banned for arguing with the officials after a dispute over water bottles.
He said: "It was a tough tournament and very hot out there in Orlando.
"My son John was trying to get water on to the players.
"Yet for some reason they wouldn't let us.
"John Aldridge also became very upset when they wouldn't let him on as sub.
"We lost that game against Mexico but we had another good run in the World Cup."
As a team we just got better England captain Bobby Moore lifts the World Cup at Wembley on July 30, 1966, with Jack Charlton, far left, and Bobby Charlton, far right
1966: The England team pose with the Jules Rimet Trophy after winning the World Cup against West Germany at Wembley. Top row left to right: trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, manager Alf Ramsey. Bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton. Moore died in 1993, Ball in 2007, Ramsey in 1999 and Shepherdson - who was from Middlesbrough - in 1995. The nine remaining players are still alive, though not all are in the best of health
Jack Charlton back in his native North East recently
Jack and Bobby Charlton look over-awed as youngsters crowd around the car taking them to a civic reception in their home town of Ashington in Northumberland on August 18, 1966 after they won the World Cup. Their mother Cisse, wearing a hat, is standing on the left of the picture next to a policeman
Jack Charlton on duty with the Republic of Ireland in 1993
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jul 30, 2016|
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