Jack Charlton rushed to hospital with broken hip
Published 15:53 01/03/12 By Martin Fricker
England World Cup winner Jack Charlton is recovering after breaking his hip in a fall and having to crawl for help.
The 1966 legend was rushed to hospital after falling down the stairs at his home in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Jack, 76, also suffered head injuries in the accident - which happened on Tuesday night.
The former Republic of Ireland boss was alone when he fell but crawled to a phone to raise the alarm.
Jack is being treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital in his home city of Newcastle.
His son John told the Mirror today: “Dad’s going to have an operation on Friday to sort his hip out.
“The stairs in his house are a bit tricky and awkward and he basically fell down them on Monday night.
“It could have been a lot worse because my mum was out of the house and he was on his own.
“Luckily he managed to crawl to the phone and rang me. When I got round to the house he was sitting in his chair watching telly.
“Because of his age they want to operate on him, give him a new hip. We’ve all been worrying but he’s going to be fine.
“The doctors say he’ll be back on his feet within 24 hours of the operation and should be home next week.
“He’s in good spirits considering what happened. He’s sitting up in bed cracking jokes with the nurses.”
Jack played for Leeds United in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, making a club record 773 appearances.
While at Elland Road he won the league championship, an FA Cup and the League Cup.
He won 35 England caps and played in every game of the successful 1966 World Cup campaign.
Jack later became manager of the Republic of Ireland, leading them to their first ever World Cup in 1990.