The legendary Jack Charlton to be the subject of new documentary 4 months ago

The legendary Jack Charlton to be the subject of new documentary

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Football fans will love this.

When you think of sporting figures responsible for creating beloved memories and moments for the Irish public, Jack Charlton is at the top or at least near the top of the list.

Since being appointed as the Republic of Ireland manager in 1986, Charlton's tenure coincided with the rise of the golden generation and we all know what followed next.

Euro '88. Stuttgart. Houghton. Euphoria. USSR. Whelan. Belter. The Netherlands. Jammy.

This was just a taste of what was in store as Ireland's maiden World Cup campaign in 1990 gripped the nation in a way that had never been seen before.

Truth be told, despite the fact that the tournament took place nearly 30 years ago, there isn't a second of the campaign that football fans don't remember. Well... maybe the Egypt game!

A nation held its breath and four years later, we all went crazy when Ray Houghton chipped Pagliuca in New Jersey and Paul McGrath delivered one of the most iconic individual performances against the mighty Italians.

On the pitch, Charlton's tenure in the dugout provided Irish football fans with so many memories - you could write essays on the USA '94 qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, England at Euro '88, the atmosphere at Giants Stadium, and many more - but the World Cup winner had an extremely interesting life away from the pitch too.

Noah Media Group are working on a feature-length documentary about Charlton and a theatrical release is planned for the summer of 2020 – 30 years on from Italia '90.

Deadline reports that the film will explore the story and legacy of the Irish team and will also look at Charlton’s playing career.

Charlton, of course, won the World Cup as a player with England in 1966, alongside his always-more-revered brother Bobby but became a household name after his playing career as a pundit and TV celebrity before turning his hand to coaching.

Speaking about the new documentary, Jack Charlton’s son, John Charlton, said: “We are delighted to be working with Noah Media Group on what will be the definitive film on my father’s life. It will be fascinating to see how the film links his life as a husband, father and brother to his incredible achievements in football, as both a player and a manager.”

We'll definitely be giving this one a lash.

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