Jacko Salutes Butch & Thanks Imps
Former Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City and Bradford City Manager Peter Jackson (who has a book coming out in September/October) was at his best when I spoke to him about Richard Butcher today. Peter is the personification and seeker of triumph over tragedy. He was Bradford captain on that fateful day when 54 Bantams and 2 Imps lost their lives. He was also placed on a par with Mourinho by Huddersfield fans in happier times when optimism, inspiration and perspiration made up for lack of cash!
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Peter overcame the memory of the Huddersfield play-off semi at Sincil Bank and created an incredible wave of optimism at The Imps. We warmed to a touchline motivator who drove the Terriers on and got a slice of luck with a goal we felt should never have been. Richard was Peter Jackson’s first summer signing, in 2009 and always spoke highly of a ‘fantastic human being’ who spread so much optimism following his return from a battle against throat cancer. Peter rated Richard, a tall athletic local hero that would herald the start of an optimistic new season and era at a club Peter feels deserves success.
As many of you know I sustained a serious crush injury back in May. On Monday I had been given some bad further bad news. It would be a further three weeks before they could even consider taking the pins out and then another 6-9 weeks in plaster before the period of rehab. Peter, back from holiday bounds on the phone as soon as he hits his desk and emails. Ever respectful he opens with ‘hello mate its your second favourite manager after Keith Alexander’ and then proceeds to spread that infectious energy and boundless optimism he possesses. Positive mental attitude or what, if they could bottle it the world would be a perfect place.
Jacko, aptly, is happily working in a care related project with his wife, has no intention to return to management but did say that he loved and treasured his time at Lincoln, despite a disappointing last few weeks. Jacko, who is such a genuine geezer and a great loss to the game since his retirement, was proud to save us from relegation and moved by the Lincoln City supporters response.
The presentation of a card signed by most of the City it seemed, plus the huge Lord of the Imps shirt was something that warmed him during his own private battles. He wishes some of football’s most fantastic fans the success they richly deserve.