Few men have exercised greater influence on British sport than Jack Walker. His love affair with his hometown team, Blackburn Rovers, and his iron determination to see them win the ultimate prize, whatever the financial cost, changed the face of football.
Uncle Jack was an extraordinary businessman whose avuncular personality masked a ruthless determination. Born in a terraced house in a northern back street, he left school early to work at his fathers tiny sheet metal business. He and his brother Fred went on to build an empire of steel and become two of the twenty-five richest men in Britain. They made a £330 million fortune and broke pickets along the way.
Walker used his cash to transform the transfer market: suddenly his modest club could afford the best players in the world. Now former players, managers and friends of the Walker family tell for the first time the inside story: the daring initial attempts to sign Gary Lineker and Teddy Sheringham; the shock appointment of Kenny Dalglish as manager; that dramatic Premier League title, won on the final day of the season; and the record-breaking purchases of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, the famous SAS.
Author Charles Lambert also unearths the real reason for Dalglishs departure; how current England boss Sven Goran Eriksson accepted the managers job and then went back on his word; the unhappy reigns of Ray Harford, Roy Hodgson and Brian Kidd; the dressing room strife and on-field punch-ups that undermined morale and saw the club slump to relegation; and the emotion of the 2000-1 season, in which Walker tragically died but his club rose gloriously again under Graeme Souness. The Club That Jack Built is an indispensable chronicle of a modern football club and of the life and times of one of the true giants of British sport.