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Bobby Jeffrey (Celtic, Airdrie, Stranraer, Cambridge C., Scotland U23 et al)

 



NeilH
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May 31, 2017, 8:44 PM

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Robert "Bobby" Jeffrey died on 20th May 2017, aged 74

His funeral will be at Cambridge Crematorium on Wednesday 7th June at 12.45p.m. in the West Chapel.

Bobby was born in Aidrie on 7th November 1942
and started playing football as a youth with Coltness United.

He then went to Celtic, playing 8 games (5 league and 3 cup) in 1962-63 and 1963-64,
including an "old firm" game at Rangers in the League Cup with one league goal.

During the 1962-63 season Bobby gained a Scotland U23 cap when playing against Wales at Aberdeen.

He moved to Airdrieonians for the 1963-64 season (9 league apps, 1 goal).
He then played for Rhyl and Altrincham (64-65),
Pwllheli & District and Colwyn Bay (65-66)
and returned to Scotland with Stranraer (66-67)
where he made 17 league appearances, scoring 5 goals.

Bobby came to Cambridge in the summer of 1967 to try his luck at Milton Road.

Bob came on as a sub in the home friendlies versus Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham,
and scored in the away friendly at Newmarket Town.

Whilst he never earned a contract with City
Bobby was to remain in Cambridge
for the rest of his life with his wife, Jeanette.

He was landlord at The Rock and The Old Spring pubs in Cambridge,
and later caretaker at The Manor Secondary School, also in Cambridge.
In later years he worked at Downing College, part of Cambridge University.

Locally Bobby played for N.C.I. (New Chesterton Institute)
in the Cambs League in the late 60's/early 70's.

His son Andrew (born 15th January 1972) started his career at City as a youngster
before becoming an apprentice at Leicester City.
Upon returning to Cambridge Andy played for Cambridge City,
Cambridge United (Football League 1993-96) and Histon.
He made 103 + 13 league and cup appearances for Cambridge United, scoring twice.

I remember helping Bobby piece together his playing career via old programmes in the 1990's
and he was very happy when I tracked down
the programme from his Scotland U23 game at Aberdeen.

R.I.P. Bob, a pleasure knowing you.


(This post was edited by John Treleven on Jun 1, 2017, 4:14 PM)


bluedragon
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Jun 1, 2017, 4:37 PM

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Sad news.

In the Under-23 International you mentioned Bobby scored the second Scottish goal in a 2:0 win over Wales on 5 December 1962. The Glasgow Herald said: “But 9 minutes from time Jeffrey cut in for Cooke’s pass and hammered a tremendous shot out of the gallant goalkeeper’s reach.” It went on say: “But the best Scottish forward undoubtedly was Jeffrey, who had a magnificent second half.”


NeilH
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Jun 6, 2017, 6:39 PM

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Thanks for that additional snippet, I didn't know that.


Sale Holmfield
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As an indirect result of this thread, Bobby Jeffrey had a full page tribute in Altrincham's first programme of the season yesterday. He played seven games for the club, scoring one goal between January and March 1965.

 
 


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