Jack Charlton statue plans approved for World Cup winner's hometown

Jack Charlton statue plans approved for 1966 England World Cup winner’s hometown of Ashington with £3,000 raised so far… but it’s still short of minimum £10,000 fundraising target

  • A statue will be built in tribute to late England World Cup winner Jack Charlton 
  • Plans for statue to be built in his hometown of Ashington have been approved
  • Memorial could be positioned next to statue of Ashington-born Jackie Milburn
  • The project could cost between £10,000 and £100,000, depending on the scale 

Plans to build a statue in memory of Jack Charlton have been given the green light, four weeks after the former England international died at the age of 85. 

Civic leaders in Charlton’s hometown of Ashington, Northumberland, have given their support to proposals made by Labour councillor Liam Lavery, son of Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery. 

Liam has contacted sculptor Tom Maley, creator of the Alan Shearer statue at St James Park in Newcastle, to canvass his views.

Plans to build a statue in memory of England World Cup hero Jack Charlton have been passed

Charlton enjoyed an incredibly distinguished club career playing for Leeds for 21 years

‘The idea was passed unanimously by the council,’ Lavery said. ‘Some businesses have pledged significant funding.

‘We have raised just short of £3,000 from the public in individual donations.

‘The council will now set up a working group to liaise with Jack’s family.’

Businesses across the country have expressed their support for the project alongside a host of footballers, including Jamie Carragher, John Aldridge and Andy Reid.

After his heroics for England and Leeds, Charlton went on to manage the Republic of Ireland

Nevertheless, the statue could cost between £10,000 and £100,000 to build, depending on the scale of the project.

The statue could be placed alongside the one dedicated to Jackie Milburn, another Ashington’s famous sons.

The Newcastle Utd and England legend was the cousin of Jack Charlton’s mother, Cissie.

Other potential sites include the Hirst Miners’ Welfare Centre, where Jack’s funeral cortege stopped – close to his family home at 114 Beatrice Street – or Hirst Park, where he played football with his brother, Sir Bobby.

Charlton (top row – fourth from left) and his brother Bobby (top row – far right) celebrate their 1966 World Cup triumph

Floral tributes for Charlton are seen as the funeral cortege is taken to West Road Crematorium

Jack, who won the World Cup as an England player in 1996, died on July 10 after a long battle with lymphoma, and is survived by wife Pat and children John, Deborah and Peter. 

Charlton played over 600 games for Leeds United in an illustrious club career, and went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

Jack even led the Republic of Ireland to their first major tournament at the 1988 European Championship and also reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990.

He is the sixth member of England’s World Cup final team to have died after captain Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Gordon Banks, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson. 

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