Jack Fairbother

Born on 16 August 1917 in Burton upon Trent – died 20th October 1999.

Jack’s association with the Posh started on the 4th June 1952 when it was announced that the ex Newcastle Utd goalkeeper was to replace Bob Gurney as Posh manager.

That summer Jack brought in a number of experienced players including Paddy Sloan, Johnny Anderson and Al Woodward which saw large crowds attending Jack’s early games as Manager. Jack still playing made 60 Midland League apperances for the Posh during the 1952/53 and 1953/54 seasons. In the FA Cup, Jack took the Posh to the 2nd Round Proper in the 1952/53 season and went one better the following season when the Posh reached the 3rd Round Proper. However, after being knocked out of the cup by Cardiff City Jack left the Posh to become manager of Football League club Coventry City.

Jack came back to the Posh as the club’s second ‘Football League’ Manager in January 1963. He  was in post as Manager for fourteen months until February 1964, at which point he retired from football.

Did you know: Jack won the FA Cup with Newcastle Utd in 1951 when they beat Blackpool 2-0 at Wembley.