Funeral of Jack Charlton takes place this morning

The funeral of former Republic of Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton will take place later this morning in north-east England.

He died aged 85 last weekend after a battle with lymphoma and dementia.

His funeral cortege will leave his family home in Dalton, near Newcastle, at nine o’clock this morning,

It will travel the area to allow locals pay their respects before arriving to for a service at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle at a quarter to noon.

His younger brothers Gordan, Tommy and Bobby Charlton are due to attend, along with his wife Pat, daughter Deborah, and sons John and Peter.

Back home, football fans will gather at the Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin to celebrate Charlton’s life, thirty years after traffic was brought to a standstill when he took Ireland into the quarter-finals of Italia ’90.