Jacques Vergnes

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Jacques "Jacky" Vergnes (born July 21, 1948 in Magalas , Hérault department ) is a former French football player .

Club career

Jacques Vergnes, who grew up in his youth at FC Sète , was an explosive center forward with great impact, but also a "wanderer" who has played for nine different clubs. 1967/68 initially under contract with the second division team SO Montpellier , followed by eleven years in Division 1 , starting with two seasons at the capital club Red Star , which, however, went through difficult times in the 1960s. 1970 "Jacky" returned to the south of France: at Olympique Nîmes , coach Kader Firoud built around René Girard and Jean-Pierre Adamsa young, successful team. In this environment, Vergnes made his breakthrough; the 1970/71 season finished Nîmes in fourth, and with 27 hits, the striker became the third best league scorer . In 1971/72 his 26 goals were again enough for a personal third place, and this time his club was even runner-up behind Olympique Marseille . Twelve months later he had only 15 goals (13th place) on the account and Nîmes was seventh in the table, but the eleven in the cup advanced to the semi-finals, in which FC Nantes prevailed after 0-0 and 0-3 . His fourth year at Olympique ended prematurely: when coach Firoud often used Robert Pintenat instead of "Jacky", the enthusiastic recreational angler switched to SEC Bastia in January 1974 .

It took Vergnes longer to find his way around Corsica ; only in his second year there he harmonized with playmaker Papi and his storm colleague Jacques Zimako much better: Bastia finished sixth in the league and reached the cup semi-finals. In it it was AS Saint-Étienne that prevented Vergnes from making it into the final. In 1975/76 he played a decent season for Stade Reims , in which he had to pause for two months due to an injury, so that even with a top-class storm (including Georges Lech and Carlos Bianchi ) no more than 5th in Division 1 jumped out. His subsequent move to Stade Laval brought him a title win no step closer; although he had scored 19 goals and was back among the top ten goalscorer, Laval was only just able to avoid relegation. Therefore, at the end of the season, he accepted an offer from Racing Strasbourg's new trainer Gilbert Gress ; in Alsace he was third in the league in his first year and even French champion in the following season - but only nominally, because in August 1978 after only two league appearances for racing he went back to southern France (to Girondins Bordeaux ). At the side of Alain Giresse and Gernot Rohr it was enough to place in the middle of the field, for "Jacky" reason to return to his first professional club (now renamed Montpellier La Paillade SC ), although it only played in Division 2 . It was not enough for promotion in the first year, but Vergnes reached his third semi-final for the Coupe de France with the outsider , after he had personally scored the 1-1 in the quarter-final second leg at AS Saint-Étienne, which brought Montpellier forward. However, he missed the final after 2: 4 and 1: 2 against AS Monaco for the third time. In the 1980/81 season - now under the also returned coach Kader Firoud - the striker shot his team back into the top division, in which he was rarely used.

He ended his career when he was not quite 34. Jacques Vergnes then ran a hotel for a few years; later he worked as an employee in a waste management company .


  • Football Club de Sète (as a youth)
  • Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (1967/68, in D2)
  • Red Star Football Club (1968-1970)
  • Nîmes Olympique (1970-12 / 1973)
  • Sporting Étoile Club de Bastia (1 / 1974-1975)
  • Stade de Reims (1975/76)
  • Stade Lavallois (1976/77)
  • Racing Club de Strasbourg (1977-8 / 1978)
  • Girondins de Bordeaux (9 / 1978-1979)
  • Montpellier La Paillade Sport Club (1979–1982)

In the national team

Although Jacques Vergnes has been one of the most successful goal scorers in France since 1932 (in 18th place) to this day (2008) , he was only called up for a single international match in the senior national team. Also in this encounter in September 1971 he scored a goal - the 1-0 in the 3-1 away win against Norway . But although he made a good impression in this European Championship qualifying match with his fellow strikers Georges Lech , Charly Loubet and Georges Bereta , he never played again in the blue national dress.


  • French champion: 1979 [nominally, only 2 point games] (and runner-up in 1972)
  • French cup winner: Nothing (but semi-finalist 1973, 1975, 1980)
  • 1 international match (1 hit) for France
  • 328 games and 153 goals in Division 1 , including 41/11 for Red Star, 118/72 for Nîmes, 46/20 for Bastia, 26/11 for Reims, 36/19 for Laval, 37/12 for Strasbourg, 20 / 8 for Bordeaux, 4/0 for Montpellier, plus (1979–1981 only) 59 /? in D2.
  • 4 games (no goal) for Nîmes in the UEFA Cup competitions 1971/72 (against Vitória Setúbal ) and 1972/73 (against Grasshoppers Zurich )


  • Denis Chaumier: Les Bleus. Tous les joueurs de l'équipe de France de 1904 à nos jours. Larousse, o. O. 2004 ISBN 2-03-505420-6
  • François de Montvalon / Frédéric Lombard / Joël Simon: Red Star. Histoires d'un siècle. Club du Red Star, Paris 1999 ISBN 2-95125-620-5


  1. de Montvalon / Lombard / Simon, p. 283
  2. a b Chaumier, p. 306
  3. de Montvalon / Lombard / Simon, p. 143
  4. ^ All hits from Sophie Guillet / François Laforge: Le guide français et international du football éd. 2007. Vecchi, Paris 2006 ISBN 2-7328-6842-6 , pp. 170-180.
  5. ^ Alfred Wahl / Pierre Lanfranchi: Les footballeurs professionnels des années trente à nos jours. Hachette, Paris 1995 ISBN 978-2-0123-5098-4 , p. 209
  6. ^ Pascal Grégoire-Boutreau / Tony Verbicaro: Stade de Reims - une histoire sans fin. Cahiers intempestifs, Saint-Étienne 2001 ISBN 2-911698-21-5 , pp. 166f. and 318/319
  7. L'Équipe / Gérard Ejnès: Coupe de France. La folle épopée. L'Équipe, Issy-les-Moulineaux 2007 ISBN 978-2-915-53562-4 , p. 396
  8. L'Équipe / Gérard Ejnès: La belle histoire. L'équipe de France de football. L'Équipe, Issy-les-Moulineaux 2004 ISBN 2-951-96053-0 , p. 330; there is also a photo of his hit.
  9. Numbers from Stéphane Boisson / Raoul Vian: Il était une fois le Championnat de France de Football. Tous les joueurs de la première division de 1948/49 à 2003/04. Neofoot, Saint-Thibault o. J.
  10. L'Équipe / Gérard Ejnès: 50 ans de Coupes d'Europe. L'Équipe, Issy-les-Moulineaux 2005 ISBN 2-951-96059-X , p. 329

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