Irish fans give it a lash for Jack one final time

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Irish fans give it a lash for Jack one final time

Irish football fans will give it a lash for legendary manager Jack Charlton one last time at 12.30 this afternoon – and support two charities in honour of the man who put the national team on the World Cup and European Championship map.
21st Jul 2020

Supporters groups You Boys In Green and the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs will join the FAI’s tribute to Jack by wearing green on the occasion of his funeral in Newcastle. Radio stations across the country will also play ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ at 12.30pm as the funeral service comes to an end in England.

Both fans groups have called on supporters to do their bit for charity in Jack’s honour as well. YBIG are encouraging fans to donate to the Irish Cancer Society as they remember the glory days of Euro ’88, Italia ’90 and USA ’94. And CRISC will again support the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, their charity partner for 2020, as they honour Big Jack’s achievements.

“These charities are both appropriate following Big Jack’s death and we are asking any fans who can to support them as we all remember Jack with so much fondness today,” said YBIG's Tony Considine. “It is going be a sad day for Irish football but also a day filled with pride and if it will be a fitting tribute if we can help these two great causes as well.”

The FAI will play ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ across all social media channels at 12.30pm today when radio stations all over Ireland will also broadcast the song in tribute to Jack.

Former Ireland striker and FAI Interim Deputy CEO Niall Quinn said: “As hard as it is to hear and feel and know that Jack has passed, I think the mark he left on Irish life, we can celebrate it today, one time where we can come together and feel part of Jackie’s Army just one more time.”

The FAI’s Book of Condolences, available at FAI.ie, has already attracted over 20,000 signatures and messages of support for the Charlton family.