Jack fact-cheques money story
Nothing, it seemed, irked Jack more than that oft-told story about him giving publicans cheques to pay his bar bills because he knew they’re never cash them.
Back in 2004 the Guardian asked him about it and he attempted to set the record straight.
“The cheque [STORY]is a load of rubbish. It’s an old Stanley Matthews story. If there’s one person in Ireland who can produce a cheque from me that was given for that reason by me . . . well, I’ll, I’ll . . . give ‘em a load of money.
“It was a piece that was written by a nasty journalist and I got on to me solicitor because it’s a load of rubbish . . . it’s as if someone’s trying to have a go at me that I’m tight. I might be tight, but I certainly don’t go as far as that.”
But while admitting to be tight-ish, he insisted another time that he hadn’t demanded enormous loot from the FAI when he was offered the job.
“I told them it wasn’t about the money. It was about the honour,’` he said, as recalled by Kevin Mitchell in the Observer. “They wrote a number on a piece of paper, put the paper face-down on the table and slid it over to me. I looked at it and said: ‘It’s not that much of a **** ing honour.’”
As Mitchell put it when summing up this nugget, “he was nobody’s fool”.