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Jim Jefferies
Personal information
Full name James Jefferies
Date of birth 22 November 1950 (1950-11-22) (age 59)
Place of birth Musselburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1965–1967 Gorgie Hearts
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1981 Heart of Midlothian 227 (5)
1967–1968 Haddington Athletic (loan)
1968–1969 Gala Fairydean (loan)
1981–1983 Berwick Rangers 60 (0)
Teams managed
1983–1988 Gala Fairydean
1988–1990 Berwick Rangers
1990–1995 Falkirk
1995–2000 Heart of Midlothian
2000–2001 Bradford City
2002–2010 Kilmarnock
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jim Jefferies (born 22 November 1950 in Musselburgh) is a Scottish football former player and manager. Jefferies played for Heart of Midlothian for almost his whole playing career and enjoyed a successful managerial spell with the club, winning the 1998 Scottish Cup. Jefferies has also managed Gala Fairydean, Berwick Rangers, Falkirk, Bradford City and Kilmarnock.


Playing career

Jefferies played for Heart of Midlothian for almost his whole playing career, making over 300 competitive appearances for the club.[1] The main highlight of his playing career was playing in the 1976 Scottish Cup Final, which Hearts lost 3–1 to Rangers.[2] Jefferies eventually left Hearts in 1981, and spent the last two seasons of his career with Berwick Rangers.[2]

Managerial career

Jefferies left Berwick in 1983 to become a manager at East of Scotland Football League club Gala Fairydean, but returned to the club to begin his senior managerial career in September 1988.[2] Despite a great deal of financial turmoil during that time, he turned the struggling team around to the extent that they set a club record of 21 games unbeaten in the league during season 1988–89.[2] In the 1990 close season Jefferies took over at Falkirk, guiding them to the Scottish First Division title (and promotion to the Scottish Premier Division) in 1991 and 1994.[2] Falkirk also won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 1993.[2]

In August 1995, Jefferies returned to Hearts. He was manager of the Hearts team that won the Scottish Cup in 1998, his greatest success in the game to date. [2]

Jefferies moved south of the border on 20 November 2000 to replace Chris Hutchings as manager of then Premier League side Bradford City.[3] He was given the task of selling players by chairman Geoffrey Richmond and was unable to prevent them from going down.[4] He resigned in December 2001 after a poor start to the season left them with no hope of a promotion challenge.[2]

On 28 February 2002, he returned to management back in his native Scotland with Kilmarnock.[5] He kept Kilmarnock in a respectable position despite the necessity of drastically reducing the club's wage bill, reaching the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final.[2] Following Alex McLeish's departure from Rangers at the end of the 2005–06 season, Jefferies was the longest-serving manager in the Scottish Premier League.[6] He left Kilmarnock by "mutual consent" on 11 January 2010.[7]




Heart of Midlothian


Heart of Midlothian


  1. ^ Jim Jefferies, London Hearts Supporters' Club.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i A turbulent end to otherwise tranquil and successful eight years for Jim Jefferies, The Scotsman, 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Jefferies is new Bradford manager" BBC Sport website (20 November 2000)
  4. ^ "Bradford ready to off-load stars" BBC Sport website (8 January 2001)
  5. ^ "Jefferies made new Killie boss" BBC Sport website (28 February 2002)
  6. ^ Jefferies muss gehen
  7. ^ "Killie part with boss Jefferies". BBC Sport. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-11.  

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Jim Jefferies
Personal information
Full name James Jefferies
Date of birth November 22, 1950 (1950-11-22) (age 60)
Place of birth    Musselburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Kilmarnock (Manager)
Youth clubs
1965–1967 Gorgie Hearts
Senior clubs
Years Club
→ Haddington Athletic (loan)
→ Gala Fairydean (loan)
Berwick Rangers
Teams managed
Gala Fairydean
Berwick Rangers
Bradford City

Jim Jefferies (born November 22, 1950 in Musselburgh, East Lothian) is the Scottish football manager of Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock F.C.. Jefferies began his managerial career at Gala Fairydean before he joined Berwick Rangers where he was manager until 1988. He then managed Falkirk FC, Heart of Midlothian FC and Kilmarnock FC. He was the longest serving manager in the Scottish Premier League when he left Kilmarnock in January 2010. He had been managing the club for eight years.[1]



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