Francis Jeffers

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Francis Jeffers
Ipswich v Cardiff 6 May 2007 (494106199).jpg
Jeffers warming up for Ipswich Town in 2007
Personal information
Full name Francis Jeffers[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-25) 25 January 1981 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Everton (Academy coach)
Youth career
0000–1997 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Everton 49 (18)
2001–2004 Arsenal 22 (4)
2003–2004 Everton (loan) 18 (0)
2004–2006 Charlton Athletic 20 (3)
2005 Rangers (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Blackburn Rovers 10 (0)
2007 Ipswich Town (loan) 9 (4)
2007–2010 Sheffield Wednesday 54 (5)
2010–2011 Newcastle Jets 9 (1)
2011 Motherwell 10 (1)
2011–2012 Newcastle Jets 17 (1)
2012 Floriana 2 (1)
2013 Accrington Stanley 7 (2)
Total 235 (40)
National team
England U15
England U16
1999–2003 England U21 16 (13)
2003 England 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francis Jeffers (born 25 January 1981) is an English former professional footballer and coach who played as a striker.

In his career, Jeffers played for Premier League clubs Everton, Arsenal, Charlton Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, as well as clubs in Australia, Scotland and Malta. Jeffers is the joint top scorer for the England under-21 team with 13 goals in 16 appearances. He is a footballing coach at Everton's Academy.

Early life[edit]

Jeffers was born in Liverpool, Merseyside[1] and attended De La Salle School.[2]

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Jeffers began his career at Everton, making his first-team debut as a half-time substitute for Dave Watson on 26 December 1997 at Old Trafford at the age of 16 years.[3] Jeffers won the FA Youth Cup of 1997–98 against Blackburn Rovers with Everton.[4] He scored 6 goals in 28 matches for Everton in the 1999–2000 season,[5] striking up a prolific partnership with Kevin Campbell.[citation needed]

Jeffers started the 2000–01 season brightly, but his season was cut short with multiple ankle and shoulder injuries. When he did feature, he performed well, and his goal to game ratio was the best at the club that season.[6] This earned Jeffers a new contract offer from the club, the biggest in the club's history. However, after months of negotiations, Jeffers informed the club he was rejecting the new contract.[citation needed]

Arsenal[edit]

His performances had caught the eye of Arsène Wenger, and Jeffers signed for Arsenal on 14 June 2001 for an initial £8 million fee, with another £2 million dependent on appearances.[7] However, Jeffers did not live up to the "fox in the box" tag, and his time at Arsenal was dogged by injury.[8] He was forced out of the team by the form of fellow strikers like Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord.[9] Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2002 and 2003 but Jeffers was left out of both match day squads due to injury.[citation needed] He contributed to their 2003 triumph by scoring three goals en route to the final, two against Farnborough[10] and one against Chelsea.[11] He also started the semi-final against Sheffield United.[12] Arsenal also won the 2001–02 Premier League title, but Jeffers only made six league appearances that season.[citation needed] He was an unused substitute on the day Arsenal clinched the title against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[13] His final appearance for Arsenal came in the 2003 FA Community Shield, coming on as a substitute but then getting sent off against Manchester United.[14]

Return to Everton, Charlton and Rangers loan[edit]

On 1 September 2003, Jeffers rejoined Everton on loan for 2003–04.[15] He only scored twice (with both goals coming against Fulham in the FA Cup, once in the original tie[16] and again in the replay)[17] in 22 appearances for his team, before falling out with manager David Moyes and prematurely returning to London.[citation needed] He signed for Arsenal's Premier League rivals Charlton Athletic on 10 August 2004 on a two-year contract for a £2.6 million fee.[18] In 2004–05, he scored 5 goals in 24 appearances.[19] He joined Rangers on loan on 31 August 2005 for six months but returned in December after his performances in the Scottish Premier League failed to live up to expectations.[20] Charlton released Jeffers at the end of the 2005–06 season.[21]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Jeffers signed for Blackburn Rovers in June 2006 on a two-year contract.[22] He scored his first and only Blackburn goal in the UEFA Cup against Basel.[23] He found his chances limited by the form of Benni McCarthy and Shabani Nonda.[citation needed]

He joined Championship team Ipswich Town on a one-month loan deal in March 2007, scoring his first goal for Ipswich on his full debut away at Hull City and receiving the man of the match award. Ipswich went on to win 5–2.[citation needed] He returned to Blackburn after suffering a hamstring injury against Southend United, but having made a quick recovery, he was allowed to return to Ipswich on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season.[citation needed]

Ipswich had tried to negotiate a permanent move for Jeffers but after having two bids rejected, Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks accused Blackburn of holding his club to ransom.[24] Ipswich did, however, make a third and final bid for Jeffers but personal terms could not be agreed.[25]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 9 August 2007, he joined Sheffield Wednesday on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[26] Jeffers made his debut in an opening-day 4–1 defeat at Ipswich Town.[citation needed] He sustained an injury which kept him out of action for all but 20 minutes of the first month of the 2007–08 season.[citation needed]

After a lively start against Stoke City on 20 October 2007, Jeffers was on the end of a tackle from Ryan Shawcross and was stretchered off with ankle ligament damage.[citation needed] He was out for roughly seven weeks.[citation needed] Jeffers came back as a substitute on 10 December 2007 versus Hull City, but ended up on the losing team after a 1–0 loss.[citation needed] Just 48 hours later, Jeffers played at Hillsborough for the first time in two months, and not only played for 45 minutes of the match, but also scored the winning goal after 82 minutes from the penalty spot. This was Jeffers' second goal for Wednesday.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2008, Jeffers had more problems with his ankle and also picked up a groin injury, leaving him injured until September 2008.[citation needed] He returned to first-team action with a 25-minute substitute appearance in a 6–0 defeat at Reading in mid September 2008 and then a further ten minutes against his former club Ipswich Town.[citation needed] Jeffers scored his third goal for the Wednesday on 17 January 2009 in a 4–1 win over Charlton at Hillsborough, but was sent off in the next match against Nottingham Forest.[citation needed]

On 25 August 2009, Jeffers was sent off for headbutting Port Vale player Tommy Fraser during the 2–0 League Cup defeat. Manager Brian Laws considered his behaviour unacceptable, fined the player the maximum permissible amount and placed him on the transfer list.[27][28]

Jeffers was released by Wednesday on 3 May 2010 after the club's relegation was confirmed to League One. After being released by Wednesday, Jeffers had a trial at newly promoted Blackpool. Ian Holloway wanted to give Jeffers a chance to prove himself but the trial proved to be unsuccessful and he was released.[29] He then returned to Everton, but only to join in with training at Finch Farm in a bid to keep his fitness levels up.[30]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

After unsuccessful trials at Blackpool and Everton, Jeffers agreed to trial with Australian A-League club Newcastle Jets.[citation needed] On 29 October 2010, he signed a 10-match guest contract with the club.[31] He made his debut for the club on 13 November 2010, helping Newcastle to a 3–1 victory over Adelaide United.[citation needed] Jeffers set up striker Marko Ješić for Newcastle's third goal of the match with a through ball in the 52nd minute.[citation needed]

He scored his first goal on 8 December 2010 against the Melbourne Heart. He then provided an assist as he played a fantastic through ball to Marko Ješić for Newcastle's second.[citation needed] Although Newcastle and Jeffers were both keen on extending his contract, they failed to come to an agreement and Jeffers left the club after making a positive impact.[32][33]

Motherwell[edit]

In February 2011, Jeffers joined Scottish Premier League club Motherwell.[34][35] He made his debut coming on as a second-half substitute for John Sutton in the 6–0 defeat to former club Rangers.[citation needed] His first goal for Motherwell came against Aberdeen on 15 February 2011.[36] Jeffers also scored the third goal in a 3–0 win against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.[37] He was part of the squad that reached the 2011 Scottish Cup Final, in which Motherwell finished runners up.[38] Jeffers was released by Motherwell on 1 June 2011.[39]

Return to Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 20 October 2011, he signed a one-year contract with A-League club Newcastle Jets, marking his return to the club he had played for during the 2010–11 A-League season.[40] Jeffers scored 4 goals in 25 appearances for the A-League club.[citation needed] Subsequently, Newcastle Jets decided not to renew Jeffers' contract making him a free agent.[citation needed] During his second spell with the club, Jeffers struggled to cope with the Australian diet and on the advice of the club doctor he became a vegetarian.[citation needed]

Floriana[edit]

On 12 October 2012, Jeffers signed for 25-time Maltese Premier League winners Floriana.[41] After only two appearances and one goal, Jeffers left the club.[citation needed] Jeffers was then involved in a minor Twitter scandal as a fake Twitter account posing to be Jeffers claimed that the Maltese League was the worst he had ever played in.[42]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On 8 March 2013, Jeffers signed for League Two club Accrington Stanley until the end of the season.[43] On 9 March 2013, Jeffers made his Accrington debut as a second-half substitute away to Northampton Town.[44] On 20 March 2013, Jeffers scored his first two Accrington Stanley goals in a 4–0 win at home to AFC Wimbledon.[45] He was released by Accrington at the end of the season, and had trials with Bury,[46] Brunei DPMM of the S.League,[47] and Chester,[46] but none chose to sign him.[48][49]

International career[edit]

Jeffers has one cap for England national team, scoring a consolation goal in a defeat by Australia in a friendly on 12 February 2003.[50] Jeffers is the joint top scorer for England under-21s with 13 goals from 16 appearances, a record he shares with Alan Shearer.[51][52][53] He was previously capped by the schools, under-15 and under-16 teams.[54]

Coaching career[edit]

Unable to find a new club after his playing contract with Accrington Stanley had expired, Jeffers began working for Everton's academy on a voluntary basis in 2014.[55] He formally joined the coaching team in October 2016.[56]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 1997–98[3] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1998–99[57] Premier League 15 6 2 1 0 0 17 7
1999–2000[5] Premier League 21 6 5 0 2 0 28 6
2000–01[58] Premier League 12 6 0 0 2 1 14 7
Total 49 18 7 1 4 1 60 20
Arsenal 2001–02[59] Premier League 6 2 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 10 2
2002–03[60] Premier League 16 2 6 3 1 1 5[a] 0 0 0 28 6
2003–04[61] Premier League 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
2004–05[19] Premier League 0 0 0 0
Total 22 4 8 3 1 1 7 0 1 0 39 8
Everton (loan) 2003–04[61] Premier League 18 0 3 2 1 0 22 2
Charlton Athletic 2004–05[19] Premier League 20 3 2 1 2 1 24 5
2005–06[62] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 3 2 1 2 1 24 5
Rangers (loan) 2005–06[62] Scottish Premier League 8 0 2 0 4[a] 0 14 0
Blackburn Rovers 2006–07[63] Premier League 10 0 1 0 1 0 3[c] 1 15 1
Ipswich Town (loan) 2006–07[63] Championship 9 4 9 4
Sheffield Wednesday 2007–08[64] Championship 10 2 1 0 1 0 12 2
2008–09[65] Championship 31 3 1 0 0 0 32 3
2009–10[66] Championship 13 0 1 0 2 0 16 0
Total 54 5 3 0 3 0 60 5
Newcastle Jets 2010–11[67] A-League 9 1 9 1
Motherwell 2010–11[68] Scottish Premier League 10 1 4 1 14 2
Newcastle Jets 2011–12[67] A-League 17 1 17 1
Floriana 2012–13[67] Maltese Premier League 2 1 2 1
Accrington Stanley 2012–13[69] League Two 7 2 7 2
Career total 235 40 28 8 14 3 14 1 1 0 292 52
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England[70] 2003 1 1
Total 1 1

International goals[edit]

England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jeffers goal.[71]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 12 February 2003 Boleyn Ground, London, England 1  Australia 1–2 1–3 Friendly [50]

Honours[edit]

Everton

Motherwell

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