Jack Charlton made his 600th appearance for Leeds United on this day in 1972. The match was a narrow 1-0 victory over Coventry City and to mark the occasion, he scored the only goal of the game!
Charlton was a towering centre half who always showed strength and bravery. Leeds United was his only club and he retired a year later at the age of 38. In all, he played 762 appearances for Leeds between 1952 and 1973, scoring an impressive 95 goals.
He will forever be remembered in English football as he was part of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966. Both he and his brother Bobby joined Gordon Banks, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, George Cohen, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in lifting the Jules Rimet trophy.
In later years, Charlton took up management and guided Republic of Ireland to their first World Cup in 1990. They then successfully qualified for the following World Cup in America four years later.
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