Jack Charlton spent the entirety of his playing career with Leeds United.
Joining the club’s academy back in 1950, Charlton went on to make 773 appearances for the Whites, landing a host of trophies in the process.
The word ‘legend’ is thrown around far too often in football, but there is absolutely no question that Charlton deserves that title when it comes to Leeds’ history.
The 1966 World Cup winner retired as a player in 1973 before stepping into management – taking control of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland.
It was actually Charlton’s 84th birthday on Wednesday, and as expected, Leeds’ official Twitter account was on hand with a special message for the former defender.
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That led to a number of Leeds fans taking to social media to hail the centre-back.
The Whites could certainly do with Charlton heading into the semi-finals of the Championship playoffs, there is no question about that.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
One of the very best. Seven Hundred and Seventy Three, yes, 773 games for one club. Remarkable man. Thank you, Sir Jack.
— Andrew Graham (@Grahamaccounts1) May 8, 2019
Sir Jack Charlton. Should have been made one a long time ago for service to club and country. Always a Sir in my eyes.
— Channi Patel?? (@ChanniPatel) May 8, 2019
A real Legend !
— mangelwurzel (@cheeno64) May 8, 2019
— Poz (@Poz89) May 8, 2019
Brilliant football man
— Allastair (@AllastairMcG) May 8, 2019
Now ye have acknowledged how great Jack was for the club. When are ye gona build him and all the other legends their statues?? They should all be lining up infront of the east stand.
— Krl (@casco28) May 8, 2019
773 apps. Mere words do not do this man justice. Happy Birthday Jackie Charlton #LUFC
— John Craddock (@Jonno4466) May 8, 2019
Rename the south stand the Jack Charlton stand like someone says . Would be fitting in our centenary year @andrearadri
— gary smith (@whenitmattered) May 8, 2019