Jackie CHARLTON (1935-)

Jackie Charlton
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Jackie Charlton, footballer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television’s Euston Road Studios.

Jackie spent his entire club career with Leeds United from 1950 to 1973, helping the club win several titles, including the 1963-4 Second Division title, the 1968-9 First Division title and the 1972 FA Cup.

Called up to the England team days before his 30th birthday, Jackie went on to score six goals in 35 international games and to appear in two World Cups and one European Championship. He played in the World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966 - alongside his elder brother, Manchester United forward Bobby Charlton - and also helped England to finish third in Euro 1968 and to win four British Home Championship tournaments.

He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1967.

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Soccer ran in the Charlton family – his mother’s cousin was Newcastle United and England star Jackie Milburn (who was himself surprised with the Big Red Book at the studios of Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle).

By the time we surprised Bobby’s big brother, Jackie, Leeds United and England centre half, on 13 April 1973, they had become the first brothers to play together in an England side since Nottingham Forest’s Frank and Fred Foreman back in 1899.

In 1967 Jackie had been voted Footballer of the Year, taking the title from Bobby. Leeds and Scotland star Billy Bremner said the only reason he got the Leeds captaincy was that Big Jack did not want to lead the team on to the pitch. He had a superstition that if he came out last he would play better.

programme details...

  • Edition No: 359
  • Subject No: 360
  • Broadcast date: Wed 2 May 1973
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Fri 13 Apr 1973
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 13
  • Edition: 25

on the guest list...

  • Leeds Football Club team mates
  • Don Revie
  • Pat - wife
  • Bobby Charlton - brother
  • Cissie - mother
  • Bob - father
  • Tommy - brother
  • Gordon - brother
  • Jackson Stevenson
  • Laura Crowther
  • Leon Herford
  • Dilwyn Jones
  • John Charles
  • Alf Thompson
  • John McCorkindale
  • Sam Hitchin
  • Morris Manford
  • Malcolm McKenna
  • Trevor Robbins
  • Raymond Housley
  • John Burden
  • Peter – son
  • Debbie - daughter
  • John - son
  • Billy Bremner
  • James McLain
  • Tommy Hamilton
  • David Holcroft
  • Stewart Aitken
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Alf Ramsay
  • Bert Wilkinson
  • Georgina Fox
  • Ann Timlin
  • Mike

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production team...

  • Researcher: Sarah Dickinson
  • Writer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Director: Peter Webb
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 13 subjects: Pat Phoenix > Bill Griffiths > Shirley Bassey > Warren Mitchell > Dudley Moore > Phyllis Calvert > Larry Grayson > Clive Sullivan > Bill Shankly > Willie Carson > Jack Smethurst > Mary Peters > Noele Gordon > James Corrigan > Pat Reid > Diana Coupland > Dulcie Gray > Janet Adams > Rita Hunter > Leslie Crowther > Jimmy Logan > Spike Milligan > Jackie Pallo > John Gregson > Jackie Charlton > Francis O'Leary