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Jack Charlton during his time as Ireland manager

Jack Charlton during his time as Ireland manager

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Jack Charlton during his time as Ireland manager

The first trailer has been released for Finding Jack Charlton, a new documentary about the football legend’s remarkable career that was shot in Ireland and the UK.

The emotional trailer for the new documentary about Jack Charlton’s managerial and football career, as well as his final months features several Irish players including Paul McGrath who says simply: “I loved him”.

Personal notes, unseen footage and contributions from his family all feature in the intimate new documentary to be released later this year. It includes behind-the-scenes footage of Charlton and the Ireland squad as they compete at the Italia 1990 and USA 1994 World Cups.

Poignantly, the film also shows how he faced one of his greatest challenges in the last year: that of dementia and fading health.

Contributors include former players Andy Townsend, Paul McGrath, Niall Quinn, David O’Leary and Packie Bonner, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Bertie Ahern and comedian Brendan O’Carroll

Jack’s family have given access to detailed, hand-written notes that Jack made and kept safe throughout his career. These personal thoughts, say the filmmakers, are a window into Jack’s managerial philosophy.

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

“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. It was a privilege to work with his family and to make a film that became so much more than we expected.”

Finding Jack Charlton is to be released in cinemas and on transactional release later this year. It will then screen on both Virgin Media Television and BBC Two in 2021.

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