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Locals fondly recall their encounters with ‘Big Jack’

LOCAL people have been fondly recalling their encounters with former international footballer and Irish manager Jack Charlton.

Mr Charlton, 85, died on Friday having suffered from both Lymphoma and Dementia.

A 1966 World Cup winner with England, the former Leeds defender will best be remembered on this side of the Irish Sea for his unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland soccer team who he led to the 1988 European Championships in Germany and successive World Cups in Italy and the US in 1990 and 1994 respectively.

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He was a giant of a man in every sense of the word and Mickey Kelly vividly remembers seeing Charlton’s World Cup winners’ medal during a visit to Omagh in the mid seventies.

“Jackie Charlton visited Strathroy when the annual seven-a-side competition was being played,” recalled the community officer.

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