Jack Charlton will be laid to rest in his native Northumbria today and Irish fans are being encouraged to say goodbye in a style of song and colour that marks the impact he had on Irish sport and society.

In conjunction with fan groups You Boys In Green, the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs and the Irish Supporters Network, the FAI are calling on fans to wear green for the day and sing along to Put-em under pressure’ at 12.30 pm to coincide with the conclusion of the funeral.

The FAI has asked all Irish radio stations to play the Italia ’90 anthem at that time as a national tribute.

“We have all mourned Jack Charlton and many tears have been shed since his death. This is our chance to say goodbye with a smile on all our faces,” said FAI President Gerry McAnaney.

“Jack Charlton and his team put many smiles on many faces between 1986 and 1995, at two World Cup finals and a European Championship, and we should remember him with an Irish send-off.”

“Because of COVID-19 we cannot give Jack the send-off he deserves. We are talking to Jack’s family and looking at ways to commemorate his service to Irish football in the future but for now, I think it would be magnificent if we could make some noise for Jack one last time today.”

Bohemians have taken matters into their own hands with the creation of a new mural remembering Jack at Dalymount Stadium and pictured above.

Irish fan groups at home and abroad are backing the final call to arms for Jack’s Army ahead of Tuesday’s funeral in Newcastle.

A spokesperson for YBIG said: “While all Ireland fans look forward to commemorating the passing of Big Jack in what he turned into ‘Fortress Lansdowne’ once supporters can safely return to the stadium, it would be fantastic to see the nation hold its breath to the soundtrack of his voice one final time.”

“And as it was the era of Jackie’s Army mobilising that first saw the Ireland shirt displayed en masse across the world when we really shook ‘em up at Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94, it feels fitting to send a legend off with the wearing of the green.”

The FAI’s Book of Condolences, available at www.fai.ie, has already attracted over 20,000 signatures and messages of support for the Charlton family.