48 Facts About Francis Jeffers


Francis Jeffers was born on 25 January 1981 and is an English football coach and former player, who is a first-team coach at Oldham Athletic.


In 2004, Francis Jeffers joined Charlton Athletic, where he spent two seasons, including spending time on loan at Scottish club Rangers.


Francis Jeffers moved to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, spending one season at the Lancashire club, whilst spending time out on loan at Ipswich Town in 2007.


Francis Jeffers spent three seasons at Wednesday, making 60 appearances for the club.


Francis Jeffers left Sheffield Wednesday in 2010, moving to Australian side Newcastle Jets.


Francis Jeffers left Newcastle Jets to move to Scottish club Motherwell in 2011, before returning to Australia to rejoin Newcastle Jets in October 2011.


Francis Jeffers returned to England in 2013 to join Accrington Stanley, before retiring from football after leaving Accrington in 2013.


Francis Jeffers represented England at U15, U16 and U21 levels, becoming the joint-top scorer of the England U21 team after scoring 13 goals in 16 appearances, a record which he held up until 2020.


In February 2003, Francis Jeffers made his senior debut for the England national team, scoring against Australia in his one senior cap for England.


Francis Jeffers left Everton in May 2021 to join Ipswich Town as a first-team coach, a role he held until December.


Francis Jeffers was born in Liverpool, Merseyside and attended Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough, according to Jack Travers.


Francis 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.


However, after months of negotiations, Francis Jeffers informed the club he was rejecting the new contract.


However, Francis Jeffers did not live up to the "fox in the box" tag, and his time at Arsenal was dogged by injury.


Francis Jeffers was forced out of the team by the form of fellow strikers like Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord.


Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2002 and 2003 but Francis Jeffers was left out of both match day squads, the latter due to injury.


Francis Jeffers contributed to their 2003 triumph by scoring three goals en route to the final; two against Farnborough and one against Chelsea.


Francis Jeffers was an unused substitute on the day Arsenal clinched the title against Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Francis Jeffers only scored twice in 22 appearances for his team, before falling out with manager David Moyes and prematurely returning to London.


Francis Jeffers 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.


Francis Jeffers signed for Blackburn Rovers in June 2006 on a two-year contract.


Francis Jeffers scored his first and only Blackburn goal in the UEFA Cup against Basel.


Francis Jeffers found his chances limited by the form of Benni McCarthy and Shabani Nonda.


Francis Jeffers 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.


Just 48 hours later, Francis Jeffers played at Hillsborough for the first time in two months, and not only played for 45 minutes of the match, but scored the winning goal after 82 minutes from the penalty spot.


Francis Jeffers was released by Wednesday on 3 May 2010 after the club's relegation was confirmed to League One.


Francis Jeffers then returned to Everton, but only to join in with training at Finch Farm in a bid to keep his fitness levels up.


Francis Jeffers scored his first goal on 8 December 2010 against the Melbourne Heart.


In February 2011, Francis Jeffers joined Scottish Premier League club Motherwell.


Francis Jeffers was part of the squad that reached the 2011 Scottish Cup Final, in which Motherwell finished runners up.


Francis Jeffers scored 4 goals in 25 appearances for the A-League club.


Subsequently, Newcastle Jets decided not to renew Francis Jeffers' contract making him a free agent.


On 12 October 2012, Francis Jeffers signed for 26-time Maltese Premier League winners Floriana.


Francis Jeffers was then involved in a minor Twitter scandal as a fake Twitter account posing to be Francis Jeffers claimed that the Maltese League was the worst he had ever played in.


On 8 March 2013, Francis Jeffers signed for League Two club Accrington Stanley until the end of the season.


On 9 March 2013, Francis Jeffers made his Accrington debut as a second-half substitute away to Northampton Town.


Francis Jeffers was the joint top scorer for England under-21s with 13 goals from 16 appearances, a record he shared with Alan Shearer, until Eddie Nketiah broke the record in October 2020.


Francis Jeffers was previously capped by the schools, under-15 and under-16 teams.


Francis Jeffers has one cap for the England national team, scoring a consolation goal in a defeat by Australia in a friendly on 12 February 2003.


Unable to find a new club after his playing contract with Accrington Stanley had expired, Francis Jeffers began working for Everton's academy on a voluntary basis in 2014.


Francis Jeffers formally joined the academy's coaching team in October 2016.


Francis Jeffers became a coach for Everton's under-23 side in 2018, working alongside former teammate David Unsworth.


Francis Jeffers was part of Duncan Ferguson's back room staff during his spell as caretaker manager of Everton in 2019.


On 11 May 2021, Francis Jeffers left his role at Everton to join Paul Cook's coaching staff at Ipswich Town, taking on a role as first-team coach.


Francis Jeffers departed Ipswich in December 2021 following the sacking of Cook as manager.


Francis Jeffers was appointed as first-team coach at National League side Oldham Athletic on 23 September 2022 following the appointment of his former Everton colleague David Unsworth as the club's manager.


The club announced that it intended to introduce a B-team and that Francis Jeffers would oversee that operation as it was implemented.


In October 2019, Francis Jeffers admitted sending menacing messages to his wife of 10 years after their relationship broke down.