Championship: What happened on Saturday as former clubs remembered Jack Charlton


Middlesbrough and Bristol City paid tribute to the late Jack Charlton before kick-off

On a day when Norwich’s return to the Championship for next season was confirmed, the race to replace them in the Premier League remains keenly contested.

The picture at the bottom of the table is also unclear. Five teams who were in the bottom seven at the start of the day all failed to record a victory.

BBC Sport rounds up Saturday’s Championship action as football remembered England, Leeds United and Republic of Ireland legend Jack Charlton, who died on Friday at the age of 85.

Mixed day for Charlton’s former charges

The only club the World Cup winner represented as a player was Leeds United and, though the promotion-chasing Whites do not play until Sunday, two teams Charlton led as a manager were in action.

He began his managerial career with Middlesbrough in 1973 and led them to the top flight during his four years on Teesside.

However, the current Boro team remain mired in relegation trouble in the second tier and fell to a 3-1 defeat by managerless Bristol City.

“When you listened to Jack, he just talked a lot of sense,” Boro manager Neil Warnock told BBC Radio Tees following the final whistle.

“The main thing about him, no matter what he did – internationally or in the league – he was just a nice guy, a nice man. Simple. He never complicated anything, he was always pleased to see you, always polite. A real gentleman.”

After leaving Boro, Charlton then enjoyed six years at Sheffield Wednesday and the Owls enjoyed far greater success at QPR on Saturday.

The former England defender was also remembered on the video screen at Queen’s Park Rangers

Garry Monk’s men ended a run of three straight defeats with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a poor R’s outfit with a performance the club said Charlton “would have been proud of”.