Born 11 November 1948 in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Jack joined the Posh first on loan then on a permanent basis in January 1971 for a fee of £4,000. The fee turned out to be a bargain as in a London Road career spanning twelve years ‘Jolly Jack’ made 394 starting appearances, plus 26 as a substitute and was an unused substitute on 21 occasions – a total only bettered at the time by Tommy Robson, now also bettered by Mark Tyler.
Debuting in a 1-0 victory over Southport, Jack was ever present in his first two full seasons, forming a strong central defensive partnership with Chris Turner, and was appointed club captain. Jack compensated for any lack of finesse with relentless enthusiasm, consistency and terrific will to win.
Although Jack missed out on a 1973/74 4th Division Championship medal to Mick Jones he regained his place to earn the Player of the Season awards in 1974/75 and 1975/76. In 1976/77 he again played in every match and reached another milestone when, having switched to midfield, he broke his goal scoring duck. The goal in a 4-0 FA Cup win at Tranmere was followed a week later by his first Football League goal, at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
In the early 1980’s Jack followed former Posh manager Noel Cantwell to play for the New England Tea Men in the North American Soccer League but returned to the Posh in January 1983 making a further 5 league appearances plus 1 as a used substitute for the Posh in the 1982/83 season.
Did you know: In Frank McLintock’s (the Arsenal’s 1970/71 double winning skipper and Scottish international) autobiography ‘True Grit’, Jack is referred to due to his antics ‘protecting’ the Arsenal skipper.