Jack Charlton’s Family thank Irish fans, as they prepare to say farewell

Jack Charlton’s family have thanked Ireland fans for their sympathy and solidarity as the nation prepares for an emotional farewell to Big Jack at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Together with supporter groups, the FAI are calling on Ireland fans to wear green on Tuesday as Jack’s funeral takes place in Newcastle. They have also asked all Irish radio stations to play ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ at 12.30pm to coincide with the service in the North-East of England.

Almost 20,000 fans have now signed the virtual Book of Condolences at FAI.ie and the Association are in talks with the Charlton family about a fitting memorial to Big Jack when COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted.

“On behalf of my mother Pat and all the Charlton family, I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has offered us so much support and sympathy to us at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated,” said Jack’s son John.

Captain Fantastic Mick McCarthy will don the green jersey again to remember his manager and mentor on Tuesday. “We can’t be there with Jack’s family on Tuesday but I will be wearing green to remember the great man,” said Mick McCarthy.

“Jack did so much for Ireland. He brought so much joy and success to our country and I know Jack’s Army will say goodbye in the style he deserves.”

The FAI’s Book of Condolences, available at FAI.ie, has already attracted almost 20,000 signatures and messages of support for the Charlton family.

Ciaran Guckian penned the following words in memory of Jack and they were read out on the Breakast Show on Northern Sound on Tuesday morning