Premier League teams pay their respects to World Cup winner Jack Charlton after he died aged 85 with a minute’s silence to be observed before every game this weekend and players set to wear black armbands
- England 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died after a long-term illness
- Premier League confirmed a minute of silence before all games this weekend
- Players will also wear black armbands after the passing of the former Leeds star
- Norwich, West Ham, Watford and Newcastle were the first to pay their respects
Premier League teams paid tribute to 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton on Saturday by observing a minute’s silence before kick off after he died aged 85.
Charlton passed away at his home in Northumberland on Friday after suffering from dementia and lymphoma.
Players showed their respect for the England hero before Saturday’s early games between Norwich and West Ham and Watford v Newcastle, with black armbands worn in his memory.
England’s 1966 World Cup-winning hero Jack Charlton (middle) has died at the age of 85
Norwich and West Ham players observed a minute silence before their game to show respect
Watford and Newcastle stars also lined up to pay tribute prior to their match at Vicarage Road
The gesture will be followed before all games this weekend after the Premier League announced the plans and offered their condolences to Charlton’s family.
Tributes have poured in across football for Charlton, who was part of Alf Ramsey’s famous England team that lifted the World Cup at Wembley Stadium in 1966.
The English top flight said it was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear about his passing.
‘The Premier League offers sincere condolences to Jack’s family, friends and all those who worked with him at this sad time,’ it said in a statement.
Players will wear black armbands during all games this weekend after Charlton’s passing
‘To pay respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a moment of silence before kick-off in all Premier League matches this weekend.’
Charlton played for Leeds United for 21 years, making a club record of 773 appearances. He also managed Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle.
He later took charge of the Republic of Ireland – helping them qualify for two World Cups and a European Championship.