Pat Kemp Wiki – Pat Kemp Biography
Pat Kemp is the wife of Jack Charlton, Charlton will forever be a legend in Irish sport due to him overseeing the most successful era in the Irish team’s history. And after fighting with lymphoma and dementia, at the age of 85, following the tragic news of her death on Friday, tributes flooded by showing how much legacy she left in football.
Pat Kemp & Jack Charlton
Jack’s wife Pat spent his life with Charlton during his long game and management career. The couple married in 1958 at a ceremony in which his legendary brother Bobby was the best man. Little is known about their personal life, but they have three children together.
After marrying Pat Kemp, who he met at the Majestic Ballroom in Leeds, Charlton re-focused his attention on football and became a regular in the first team once more. The couple went on to have three children: John, Deborah and Peter.
Pat was not able to watch Charlton play in the 1966 World Cup final because she was heavily pregnant with their third child Peter. He made it home in time for the birth but refused to attend due to superstition because he had been away when his first two children had been born.
Who was Jack Charlton
The eldest of four brothers, John ‘Jack’ Charlton was born on May 8, 1935, in Ashington, Northumberland, to a family with a strong footballing pedigree. His four uncles all played the game, three of them for Leeds United, and his mother’s cousin was Newcastle United and England player Jackie Milburn.
Mother Elizabeth Ellen Charlton played football and coached local schools’ teams, but his father Bob was a miner and had little interest in the sport. Family finances were so tight, he and his four brothers – Bobby, Gordon and Tommy – had to share the same bed.
At 15, Charlton was offered a trial at Leeds United where his uncle Jim was a left-back. But a career in football was not a steady job which is why he initially joined his father in the mines before quitting after discovering just how unpleasant it was.
Charlton applied to join the police while he reconsidered his offer from Leeds but had to make a choice when his interview clashed with a proposed trial game. He chose football.
After joining United’s youth team, Charlton impressed and was quickly promoted to the reserves. Manager Raich Carter handed him his first professional contract at 17, making his debut on April 25, 1953, against Doncaster Rovers.
Two years of National service with the Household Cavalry threatened to add further interruption to Charlton’s football career and he made just one appearance the following season. However, he captained the Horse Guards to victory in the Cavalry Cup in Hanover and returned to the Leeds first team in September 1955.
That season Charlton helped United go on to win promotion to the First Division but his habit of partying late and lifestyle choices cost him his starting place for much of the next campaign.