Dan Walker shares ‘beautiful’ memory in tribute to Jack Charlton: ‘Still making an impact’

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BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, 43, has shared a series of tributes to England World Cup winner Jack Charlton, who died “peacefully” at the age of 85 on Friday. The BBC broadcaster shared one “beautiful” moment of the late star and said he “can’t stop” watching the video on Twitter.

Still making an impact.

Dan Walker

While many have expressed their deepest condolences after the devastating news from Friday, Dan shared a clip of the time the footballer paid a tribute to his brother Bobby Charlton after winning the Sports Personality of The Year award.

Alongside the clip, Dan wrote to his 666,000 Twitter followers: “This clip of Jack Charlton paying tribute to his brother Bobby at Sports Personality of The Year… and then Bobby’s bowed head in response… is beautiful.”

Dan then said he couldn’t stop watching the “beautiful” moment as he decided to retweet the video again once more this evening.

The BBC star added: “Can’t stop watching this & have just seen a lovely message from someone saying they reached out to their family after seeing it today.


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“That night at SPOTY came after a family fall out,” he recalled.

“Big Jack, still making an impact.”

Dan concluded: “Two brothers who won the World Cup… what a story.”

In the short video, Big Jack announced: “When we were kids and we used to go the park and play, and we’d go home for dinner and he’d say Bobby Charlton is it, the greatest player I’ve ever seen.

“My brother,” which was followed by applause.

Fans rushed to comment on Dan’s post to pay their respects to the football legend.

One replied: “Don’t start me off again, Dan. Lovely moment. RIP #JackieCharlton.”

Another commented: “Love both of them and their wives, totally gutted today even though it was expected #WorldCupFamily. God bless Jack, memories forever.”

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A third added: “Just been telling my three boys about the Charlton boys over tea.

“Imagine the pride as a parent watching your sons play together for their country and winning the wold cup.”

It comes after Dan, who presents BBC’s Football Focus programme, thanked his viewers for the messages after the team put together a special tribute to Big Jack today.

The BBC sports presenter wrote: “Thanks for all your messages about our tribute to Jack Charlton on Football Focus.


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“Incredible team effort to put it all together in under three hours & special thanks to @MTLawrenson for racing into the studio & sharing some wonderful memories of his time with Big Jack.”

The late footballer’s family shared the news in a statement that read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday 10 July at the age of 85.

“He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side. As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” they said.

They concluded: “We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.”

Jack played in England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966 alongside his brother Bobby and won 35 England caps. 

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