England World Cup legend Jack Charlton who won the cup in 1966 is reported dead at aged 85 after a long-term illness.
The legend died peacefully yesterday at his home in Northumberland with his family by his side.
In a statement, his family said: “As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.
“His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
Jack spent his entire club career at Leeds United from 1950 to 1973 – making 773 appearances.
The club today said they were “deeply saddened” by the news.
Central defender Charlton, older brother of former England and Manchester United midfielder Bobby, made his debut for Leeds in the old Division Two in 1953 and went on to become the bedrock of the great Leeds side built by former manager Don Revie.
He then went onto helped them win the First Division title in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.
He also raised the Jules Rimet Trophy with brother Bobby in 1966.
Jack went on to become the manager of Newcastle United for the 1984-85 season.
He became manager of the Republic of Ireland team in February 1986.