After his sad death at the age of 52, we want to remember John Jeffers’ contribution to Port Vale FC with these images.
About John John Jeffers
A key John Rudge signing, John Jeffers first joined the club on loan from Liverpool in 1988 as cover for the injured Paul Atkinson. It proved another canny move from Rudge as Jeffers helped give the Valiants balance on the left flank and played a key part in the club’s subsequent promotion in 1989.
The move was made permanent for a fee of £30,000 in March 1989. It proved to be a bargain as Jeffers made 219 appearances, scoring eleven times and winning two promotions with the club. A tricky left winger who could easily beat his marker, Jeffers was a crowd favourite and cult figure who was often featured in the legendary Port Vale fanzine The Memoirs of Seth Bottomley.
He stayed with Port Vale between 1988 and 1995 before moving on to a two year spell with Stockport County. He also had a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town while at Vale Park. He retired in 1998 after a twelve year footballing career and ended his playing days with 297 appearances and eighteen goals. He sadly passed away in January 2021 after a long illness.
John Jeffers in pictures
Reuben Agboola, John Jeffers and Darren Hughes deliver children’s Christmas presents to a hospital
A classical winger, Jeffers swerves past his man
Jeffers was troubled by injuries in his later Vale career. Here he is carried off in a match against Sheff Utd
John Jeffers 1968-2021. RIP. Forever Valiant
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John Jeffers. 1968-2021. RIP. Forever Valiant.