Jack Charlton by Colin Young
Colin Young got to know Jack Charlton well as a journalist covering North East football and also the Republic of Ireland. The two of them worked closely when Colin wrote "Jack Charlton - the Authorised Biography."
Here is Colin's tribute to his friend:
Very few men will unite Ireland, England and the rest of the United Kingdom in grief quite like Jack Charlton has this weekend.
Jack Charlton RIP
We at the FWA are saddened to learn of the passing on Friday of Leeds and England legend Jack Charlton OBE, at the age of 85.
Big Jack, as he was widely known, had an incredible playing career, culminating in a World Cup winner's medal in 1966 as well as numerous successes with Leeds United, his only club.