Gilfeather, a former Scottish amateur boxing champion from Dundee, moved to Aberdeen in April 1969 and began work on the Press & Journal and the Evening Express as a general news reporter. Later, when personnel was allocated to each paper, he was a news reporter on the P&J for some years before moving to the evening newspaper's sports desk as chief sportswriter and deputy sports editor. His broadcasting career began in 1980 with the launch of the Grampian Television (now STV North) regional news programme, North Tonight. Gilfeather joined the programme as a sports correspondent although he would later also work on news coverage. As well as reporting for North Tonight, Gilfeather fronted the North Tonight spin-off Summer at Six and popular local quiz show Top Club which ran for nine years. He also worked on general election coverage for ITN and has been featured in out-takes on LWT's It'll be Alright on the Night.
Gilfeather is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster, running his own public relations company Frank Gilfeather Associates, writing for several national newspapers, including The Times, The Herald and the Sunday Herald. He produces and presents a Sunday morning phone-in on local radio station Northsound 2 and writes a weekly current affairs column for the Evening Express. He can also be heard covering football for Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports.
His play "The Harp and the Violet", based upon a real-life incident in Dundee in May 1941, was given its first performance at Dundee Rep in November 1991. It was directed by Robert Robertson and designed by Monika Nisbet. The cast was as follows -; Martin McCardie [Frank McGarrity], Carol Brannan [Bridget McGarrity], Frank Ellis [L/Cpl. Bert Leitch], Morgan Petrie [Pte. Stephen Cosgrove], Martyn James [Gino Esposito], John Yule [Neep Thomson], Eric Barlow [Norman Hughes], Richard Low [Hughie McDonald], Anne Bain [Nellie Gribben], Ali de Souza [PC McLeish].
In November 2009, his first book - Confessions of a Highland Hero - a ghost-written autobiography of Steve Paterson, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen football manager whose career was beset by gambling and alcohol addiction, was published by Birlinn. The book, later released in paperback, entered the Scottish bestsellers list soon after its publication.
In 2010, Birlinn published Gilfeather's second book - Ross County: From Highland League To Hampden. The book charted the Highland League side's Scottish Cup run of 2009-10, during which they dumped Celtic and Hibs out of the competition before falling to Dundee United in the final.
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