Our former manager and all-time football great Jack Charlton turns 84 today and everyone at Sheffield Wednesday sends their very best wishes.
‘Big Jack’ enjoys legendary status at both club and country level, with Wednesdayites doubtless leaning to the former!
The Owls were languishing in the third tier basement at one of the lowest points in the club’s long history when Charlton took the reins in October 1977.
But the charismatic boss promptly led his new charges to safety before going from strength to strength, achieving promotion in 1979/80 with a third-placed finish.
The Ashington product laid the foundations for future success in the old Division Two before handing the baton to Howard Wilkinson in June 1983, who steered Wednesday to the elite at the first time of asking.
Internationally, of course, Charlton was part of the fabled England team that lifted the World Cup in 1966 at Wembley, defeating West Germany 4-2.
Happy birthday Jack!