Saturday, October 22, 2005
The most loved English man in Ireland was in Dublin today signing his DVD. Jack Charlton was the most successful manager of the Irish soccer team, guiding the team to their first major championships and then to the quaterfinals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The nation would have crowned him King if he had asked.
He has released a DVD covering his time managing Ireland, Jack Charlton, The Irish Years. Hundreds of people turned out to meet him. I was in the queue for an hour and a half but it was well worth it to finally meet one of my childhood heroes. People say you should never meet your heroes, but Jack didn't disappoint. He's aged a lot in the last ten years but he still had a smile and a joke for everyone. He shook hands with everyone, had his photo taken with lots of people. Joked with me about Eamon Dunphy. It was a childhood dream realised. Brilliant.
When I left the queue was even longer so God knows when Jack got to leave, but I expect his DVD will be in every Irish home this Christmas, so he will have made a nice bit of money. For all the joy and pride he gave the Irish nation, when we had very little to be proud about, he deserves much much more.