If Billy Bremner was the cornerstone of the great Don Revie team, then Charlton was the rock-solid foundation.
His uncles, the Milburn brothers had all played for Leeds United, but Charlton followed suit rather than join his local team, Newcastle.
At Leeds he took up defensive duties allowing John Charles to move to centre-forward. Charlton had been disillusioned with the set-up at Leeds until The Don took over, almost to the point of leaving, but Revie could see a bright future for him and made him believe he was good enough to play for England like his brother Bobby.
At the age of 29, Jack won his first England cap, and barely a year later he was a World Cup winner. The season after he was named Footballer Of The Year. But the only domestic trophy he had won with Leeds was the Division Two title. That was to change within two years.
In a formidably defensive partnership with Norman Hunter, Jack won winner’s medals for the League Cup, the Fairs Cup (twice), the League Championship, and just before the end of his playing career, the FA Cup.
In 1973, he was awarded a testimonial season, and played his last match for Leeds, establishing an appearance record unlikely to be beaten. Jack successfully took his uncompromising style into management, most notably with Middlesbrough and the Republic of Ireland.
A big man in stature and character, Jack is not just one of Leeds greatest players; he’s one of football’s greatest personalities.
Did you know? When Revie put him in the number 9 shirt, in 1961 and 1962, Charlton scored 14 goals in 25 games.