John Jeffers passes away: highly respected Port Vale winger John Jeffers has sadly passed away after a long illness, he was 52 years of age.
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 also enjoyed a memorable return to Anfield where his mazy run against his former club helped set up Port Vale’s dramatic equaliser in their 1992 League Cup draw.
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.
RIP John Jeffers. 1968 to 2021. Forever Valiant
John Jeffers 1968-2021 - related content
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John Jeffers passes away – an obituary
Our report on the sad news contains multiple comments and tributes from Vale fans. Read it here
John Jeffers career in pictures
A selection of our favourite images of the winger from his time at Vale Park. See them here
Team mates react to John Jeffers’ passing
Read the tributes from his former Port Vale team mates in this article
John Jeffers, a Port Vale cult hero
Published before his sad passing, we featured the winger as a Valiants cult hero here
John Jeffers. 1968-2021. RIP. Forever Valiant.
John Jeffers passes away – your tributes and memories
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