Jack Charlton forgot he won 1966 World Cup after dementia robbed him of memories

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England's 1966 hero Jack Charlton could not remember he had won the World Cup towards the end of his life.

A poignant new film documents the end of Charlton's life as he and his family battled dementia.

The football icon died in July aged 85 from lymphoma.

Despite being one of only 11 Englishmen to appear in a World Cup final, Charlton had to be reminded of his achievements as the heartbreaking condition took hold.

Director Gabriel Clarke said: "He needed to be reminded (about what he has achieved).

"Jack is one of only 11 Englishmen to win the World Cup so it's sad. But then he would see video footage and pictures and it would all come flooding back.

"It was hard to see that (the effects of dementia), but it was a privilege to have that access to Jack and his family.

"When we were with Jack, for a lot of the time he was aware the camera was there. He was a natural performer.

"He would engage right up to the end of his life.

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"Those scenes are very difficult to watch, but there's also an inspirational sense about how he and his family were able to live with dementia.

"We last filmed a week before he died. We knew he was ill but he still looked the same. His son said he never really changed too much physically. He was proud, tall, stubborn, a great guy to see and be around.

"It's inspiring."

Following Nobby Stiles' death in October, only Jack's brother Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Roger Hunt and George Cohen remain from the 1966 World Cup final starting line-up.

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During filming for the documentary, it was revealed that Sir Bobby has been diagnosed with dementia.

A number of England's World Cup winning heroes had been living with the condition, including Stiles, Ray Wilson and Martin Peters, who have all now died.

The movie touches on the links between footballers from the 1960s and 1970s and dementia, with studies claiming they are three to five times more likely to develop the condition due to continuous heading of heavy footballs.

Despite this, sports broadcaster Gabriel is adamant Jack had no regrets about his football career.

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He said: "For certain footballers who have had their brains looked at after they have died, you can look for this scarring and make the link between football and heading the ball.

"It's important to make clear there is no proven link as far as Jack's family is concerned with playing football and his dementia. He died of lymphoma."

Despite sharing a pitch when England won the World Cup, brothers Jack and Sir Bobby had a bitter feud stretching back decades.

Jack accused Sir Bobby of not visiting their mother Cissie before her death in 1996.

This followed a supposed fallout between Sir Bobby's wife Lady Norma and his mum.

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The pair never properly patched up their differences, and despite the division between the pair, this is not something Jack regrets, according to his family.

Gabriel explains: "John (Jack's son) said his dad doesn't regret his relationship with Bobby. They shared the same blood but were very different as men.

"They had a wonderful moment in Italia 90 (when Jack led the Republic of Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals in the nation's first ever appearance).

"We uncovered some previously unseen footage of them together, sharing a glass of Guinness. Bobby showed for one of the rare moments on camera how proud he was of Jack.

"Neither of them was good at displays of emotion.

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"That was the nature of the men that they were. They had their differences. After Italia 90 there was a distance between the families. They never really came together.

"Lady Norma made it clear she wasn't going to speak to the film on Sir Bobby's behalf."

Jack was as big a footballing icon in Ireland as he was in England.

He was appointed manager of the national team in 1986 and he led Ireland to three major tournaments in a glorious decade-long spell in charge – the first in the country's history.

In a heartbreaking moment, Jack's wife Pat tells her husband: "We still get a lot of letters from Ireland, they still think a lot of you don't they?" Jack replies: "I've no idea."

  • Finding Jack Charlton is available on DVD and digital download from Monday (November 23).
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