Jeff ‘the Cat’ was one of the longest serving Old Boys, being part of the original squad in 1994, however his appearances were restricted by his line of work which involved spending lots of time on oil rigs. As a result he often had bursts of appearances in an Old Boys shirt, quite often as the management looked at availability and suddenly realised they didn’t have a goalkeeper – like some superhero they get on the phone and call ‘The Cat’, hoping he was in South London and not the North Sea.
Because of his infrequent visits, this also meant several run outs in an outfield role, where his style was described as energetic, at least for the first ten minutes. Away from the pitch, Jeff also appeared in the annual Old Boys Golf Day but never cheated enough to win the main prize. He was always easy to recognise at games, the one with the radio to his ear finding out how his beloved Chelsea are getting on, and always keen to maintained that he remembered the pre Abramovich days of second division football and Kerry Dixon.