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Jack Charlton, Tony Cascarino and the Pope – Shaggy dog story about when Republic of Eire crew met His Holiness at 1990 World Cup


‘Jack Charlton, Tony Cascarino and the Pope’ feels like the beginning of some elaborate, and doubtless offensive, joke.

And it form of was, as former Republic of Eire supervisor Charlton poked enjoyable on the participant who was at fault for his facet’s World Cup exit at Italia ’90.

Soccer followers awakened on Saturday to the unhappy information of Jack Charlton’s passing.

The England legend died peacefully at his Northumberland residence on Friday, July 10, on the age of 85.

Charlton spent his total membership profession with Leeds and was voted Soccer Writers’ Affiliation Footballer of the 12 months in 1967
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Many will keep in mind the previous defender for being a part of the 1966 World Cup profitable facet, and a key member of the well-known Leeds United crew within the final 60s and early 70s.

However he was additionally an adopted son of Eire because of his ten-year profession as supervisor of the Republic of Eire crew.

Often known as ‘Huge Jack’ by Irish followers, Charlton utterly modified the fortunes of the lads in inexperienced and have become a beloved determine throughout the Irish Sea – a love he returned.

And one factor we’ve already realized since Saturday morning is there are many tales in regards to the legendary man, and most of them are belly-laugh humorous.

So right here’s one from the talkSPORT archives we thought we’d share once more, as we glance again on the life and profession of considered one of English soccer’s nice characters.

Hearken to Tony Cascarino’s story about when the Republic of Eire crew met Pope John Paul II in Rome
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We discovered this gem of a narrative from Weekend Sports activities Breakfast host Tony Cascarino a couple of journey to the Vatican in Rome to satisfy the Pope.

It led to one of many Eire gamers putting up a shock bond with the late Pope John Paul II, which got here again to chew him in a while.

Right here’s Cas with the total story:

Requested by Laura Woods if he’s ever met any well-known folks, Cascarino replied: “Sure, I’ve met the Pope!

“We went to the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican and it was fairly humorous as a result of Jack Charlton was there and when Jack first noticed the Pope he mentioned to us: ‘Hey, I’m extra well-known than him.’

“However what not lots of people know is, Pope John Paul II was a semi-professional goalkeeper, so he ended up having a chat with Packie Bonner about goalkeeping.

Packie Bonner was a one-club participant for Celtic and ended his profession with 80 Republic of Eire caps
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“So we’re within the Sistine Chapel and we’re speaking and all laughing watching Packie and the Pope speak about goalkeeping, and you can inform they had been due to what they had been doing with their palms.

“Anyway, we performed Italy within the quarter-finals of the World Cup we misplaced 1-0, and Packie Bonner has made the error for the aim.”

The Irish put up a very good battle in Rome and dominated the opening 30 minutes towards an Italy facet that featured Paolo Maldini, Roberto Baggio and Carlo Ancelotti.

However the hosts scored what turned out to be the winner towards the run of play within the 39th minute, with Bonner pawing at a speculative, however sweetly-struck, shot from Roberto Donadoni and leaving the aim vast open for Salvatore Schillaci to fit residence.

Packie Bonner made the penalty save towards Romania that put Republic of Eire by way of to the quarter-finals at Italia 90, however then suffered a blunder within the subsequent spherical
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Cascarino continued: “Within the dressing room after the sport Jack Charlton thanked us all, and his last phrases had been: ‘We’ve had an ideal World Cup, we’ve had a good time, go and have nice holidays…’

“… ‘Oh and by the way in which Packie, the Pope would have saved that!’”

And the humorous factor is, in his prime, he most likely would have.

RIP Huge Jack, you’ll be missed.




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