Charlton makes it a Sunset hat-trick

Sunset Football Club excelled themselves by getting England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst here last year to help raise club funds. Well they’ve done it again and this time it’s Jack Charlton.

He will be here for the weekend of May 30-31. It’s a fund raiser for the football club that will help boost the kids football programme as well as club funds for the next season.

Sunset currently run a football programme for 5-10 year-olds, Under-17s, two men’s teams and a women’s team.

Charlton is a former England World Cup winner too and was a reasonably successful club and international manager.

He will be the Sunset guest at the Triple Crown Pub from 7pm till closing on the Saturday night (May 30) to talk about his football career as a player with Leeds and England and also as manager of Ireland.

He will sign autographs and take and we will be raffling and auctioning off some soccer memorabilia such as signed shirts, photos and books.

Charlton is renowned as one of the most entertaining speakers on the after dinner speaking circuit so this is an evening not to be missed! Tickets are $75 which includes a hot buffet.

On the Sunday they have a golf day arranged at the North Sound Club which will be a two person scramble with some good prizes and food after.

Jack will be playing and he will also be around before and after the event to socialise with the players and present prizes.

The cost to enter the golf is $65 (plus green fees if non member). The golf is open to Sunset Football Club and Golf Society members, guests and sponsors only.

They have a limited number of sponsorships available for $800. This is worth two tickets to the Saturday event (value $150) and two entries to the golf ($130), the remainder ($520) will go towards football club funds and paying for the events.

Any company interested in assisting with sponsorship will have their company logo appear on the flyers, posters, tickets and a sign will be put up at one of the holes on the golf day.

Sunset will complete a remarkable hat-trick of legendary names as guest speakers.

Two years ago Sunset brought over former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to talk about his career.

Charlton, 74 next week, had a remarkable career in football. Jack was not a gifted player, like his kid brother Bobby, and constantly had to live in his shadow.

However, that did not prevent him from rising to the summit of his profession, first as a no-nonsense, old fashioned stopper and then as a successful manager at both club and international level.

He played 35 times for England between 1965 and 1970. He was on the losing side just twice, and the team conceded a miserly 21 goals.

He spent all his playing career from 1952 to 1973 with Leeds United, appearing in 629 League games. He won a League Championship, a Second Division Championship, the FA and League Cups, two Fairs Cups and umpteen runners-up medals. He was Footballer of the Year in 1967.

As a club manager, he rescued Middlesbrough from the doldrums and turned them into one of the most convincing Second Division Champions of all time, winning the Manager of the Year trophy in the process in 1974 and then establishing them in the First Division.

As an international manager with the Republic of Ireland, he welded a shoddy collection of individuals into a team who could compete on even terms with the world’s best for several years.

Jack Charlton, OBE, Freeman of the City of Dublin and now Honorary Irish citizen, is an authentic footballing hero. Big Jack, The Boss – a man who specialised in the improbable.

For tickets and more info, contact Neil Purton on 516-6290 or [email protected].