Ahead of his time?
It was four years back that, as part of their archives series, BT Sport replayed the 1981 FA Cup final, taking the commentary from ITV’s coverage of the game.
Jack was on ITV punditry duty that day and referred to Manchester City’s black winger Dave Bennett as “the little coloured boy”. Following complaints to broadcasting regulator Ofcom they ruled that the term “coloured” was derogatory and that BT had to remove the clip of Jack from any future airings of the game.
His language was, then, decidedly ‘old school’, if entirely common back in that time, but he was no Ron Atkinson. As the Irish United Against Racism campaign noted in their tribute to him at the weekend: “For anti-racists