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The Club That Jack Built: Jack Walker and the Rise of Blackburn Rovers [Hardcover]

Charles Lambert
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10 Aug 2001
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 father’s 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 Dalglish’s departure; how current England boss Sven Goran Eriksson accepted the manager’s 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.


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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (10 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854037
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Lambert has covered north-west football for thirty years, mainly with the BBC, and is a stalwart of the Radio 5 Live reporting team. Married and living in Liverpool, he is the previous author of The Boss, about soccer managers. He currently runs his own TV production company, Northern River Productions

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tribute to the great man 25 Sep 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Jack Walker was a one-off. This book is also unique as it stands above the ghost written dross and starry eyed sub literate fanzine rantings as a passionate, fair and clear chronicle of Jack Walker's life and times.
Charlie Lambert has also done his homework. The material is well-researched and backed up with interviews from players, fans and people in football.
In so doing he has written a book that captures the feelings of Blackburn Rovers supporters and will serve as a lasting tribute to a great man. A winner in football, a winner in business.
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By Tommy
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This books provides excellent insight into Jack Walker and the massive contribution he made to make Blackburn Premiership champions back in 1995. I would highly recommend this to any Blackburn fan.
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