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Footage: Jack Charlton

Footage: Jack Charlton

Footage: Jack Charlton

Personal notes, unseen footage and contributions from his family will all feature in an intimate new documentary on Jack Charlton to be released this year.

The makers of Finding Jack Charlton say the documentary will be framed around three significant elements of his life - his relationship with Ireland, with England, and with his brother Bobby.

Filmed both in Ireland and England during the last 18 months of his life, it also details his previously undocumented life with dementia.

The film will also show new behind-the-scenes footage of Charlton and his Ireland players as they compete in the Italy 1990 and USA 1994 World Cups.

"Jack Charlton led a fascinating life on so many levels and his achievement in football is unique," say the film's co-directors Gabriel Clarke and Pete Thomas.

Winner

"To be able to tell his story against the background of the final year of his life, when he faced perhaps his greatest challenge, enabled us to frame his incredible career from a whole new perspective."

The highly anticipated film is set to feature unparalleled access to the World Cup winner's family, including wife Pat and son John.

Major figures from the world of sport, music, film and politics who knew Charlton also contribute.

Irish Independent