Jimmy Giles

Jimmy Giles

First date in charge: 16/02/1981

Last date in charge: 30/03/1983

Number of games in charge: 107

Number of seasons in charge: 0

Jimmy Giles 16/02/1981 - 30/03/1983

Played 107, Won 35, Drew 21, Lost 51, Win Rate 32.71%

Jimmy Giles enjoyed a playing career in the Football League that was notable for two spells at Exeter City totalling well over 300 appearances. There were other spells at Swindon Town, Aldershot and Charlton Athletic also. The centre-back was born in Kidlington, Oxfordshire in April 1946, and acquired the nickname ‘farmer’ during his playing days, so it perhaps ironic that his only management role came at Yeovil Town. The club were in trouble when he took over, being third from bottom of the Alliance Premier (Conference) and money being in very short supply.

At the start of 1981/82 season Yeovil Town were 3rd favourites for relegation. They made a poor start but slowly recovered. Attendances were low and finances tight, forcing the club to sell three of it’s houses to bring in much needed income. Despite working very hard Giles was sacked in March 1983, having already gone part time and returning to bricklaying to help the club balance it’s books. Although there was a financial mess around him, no blame was put on Giles’ shoulders for the poor results on the pitch and both players and fans were deeply disappointed with his dismissal as he was clearly doing his best in trying circumstances.

He went on to work for BBC Radio Devon and as a scout at Charlton Athletic under manager Keith Peacock.