Jim Iley

Jim Iley (born 15 December 1935 in South Kirkby, Yorkshire) is an English former football player and manager. He made nearly 550 appearances in the Football League playing as a left half for Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United and Peterborough United.[1] As manager, he took charge of Peterborough (as player-manager), Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Bury and Exeter City.[2] He was capped once for England under-23 team.[3]

He played as a midfielder and was brought to Newcastle United from Nottingham Forest, as manager Joe Harvey tried to rebuild the side to earn promotion to the old Division One.

Iley helped Newcastle to seventh and eighth-place finishes in successive seasons, before being part of the 1964/65 Division Two title-winning team, appearing in all but four games and scoring five times.

He left St James' Park in the 1968/69 season - after making a brief appearance in the Fairs Cup away to Feyenoord - and moved to Peterborough United as player/manager.

Later spells in charge of Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Bury and Exeter City followed - including some giant-killing over his former club Newcastle when Fourth Division Bury beat the Toon over two legs in the 1980/81 League Cup.


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  2. "Jim Iley's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  3. Courtney, Barrie (27 March 2004). "England - U-23 International Results- Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
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