Simpson training with Arsenal in 2009
|Full name||Jay-Alistaire Frederick Simpson|
|Date of birth||1 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Enfield, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2007–2008||→ Millwall (loan)||41||(6)|
|2009||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||13||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||39||(12)|
|2011–2012||→ Millwall (loan)||16||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:32, 3 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Enfield, London, Simpson was with Norwich City before he joined Arsenal at the age of nine, and played in an under-18s game at just 13 years of age. He featured prominently for Arsenal's reserve team whilst at school at Islington Arts and Media School, and was on the bench for the first team's League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 24 October 2006, but did not play. On 19 February 2007, he made history by becoming the first player ever to score a hat-trick at the Emirates Stadium, for Arsenal's under-18 side in an FA Youth Cup match against Cardiff City, in a 3–2 win.
In August 2007 he was loaned from Arsenal to Millwall, for whom he made his first team debut as a substitute in a League One match on 1 September 2007, a 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 loss to Swansea City in the first round of the Southern Section of the Football League Trophy on 4 September 2007, and his first league goal in a 2–1 defeat to Swindon Town on 29 September 2007. His loan was due to expire on 1 January 2008, but was later extended to the end of the season. Simpson scored eight goals in 44 appearances for Millwall and won the PFA Fans' League One player of the year award for 2008.
Simpson thanked Millwall for giving him the chance to improve his game, stating "Going to Millwall was the best decision I have ever made. Playing regularly in the first team really developed my game. It helped me grow as a player and I made a lot of good friends. It did me the world of good. The Millwall fans were really good to me – and I appreciated their support." Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger stated that he believed Simpson had a future at Arsenal by stating "At the moment it is too early to say if he [Jay Simpson] has a future, but I think so yes. He has done extremely well and has scored goals. I always thought Jay was a very good player and the fact he can get good experience at Millwall makes us all happy, because he is not only a good player but a very nice boy."
Return to Arsenal
Simpson made his Arsenal first team debut in a 6–0 win over Sheffield United in the League Cup, coming on as a substitute for Nicklas Bendtner in the 71st minute. He scored his first two senior Arsenal goals in the League Cup home match against Wigan Athletic on 11 November 2008, in what was his first senior start for the club.
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
He signed a new contract with Arsenal on 29 December 2008, but was then loaned out to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He made his Albion debut on 3 January 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Robert Koren in a 1–1 draw with Peterborough United in the FA Cup third round. He scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion on 13 January 2009, in the FA Cup third round replay against Peterborough. His first Premier League goal was scored on 31 January 2009 in the 2–2 draw against Hull City.
Queens Park Rangers (loan)
In August 2009 he joined Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan, making his debut in a 1–0 away win at Scunthorpe United. His third game for QPR was against Cardiff City, at the Cardiff City Stadium, and he went on to score a first-half brace.
On 19 August 2010, Simpson signed a three-year contract with Championship team Hull City for a fee of £1 million including add-ons. He made his debut after starting in a 0–0 with Watford on 21 August. His first goals for the club came on 18 December 2010 where he scored both goals against Bristol City which resulted in a 2–0 win for Hull. He was also named Man of the Match. After spending over a month as an unused sub, he made his return coming on as a replacement for Tijani Belaid, and scoring his 5th goal of the season in the 1–1 away draw at Ipswich Town.
On 18 August 2012 at the KC Stadium against Brighton, a break down the left saw Joe Dudgeon beat goalkeeper Kuszczak to the ball inside the box and although he should have had a penalty, the advantage was played and Simpson calmly slotted home. On 15 September 2012 at the KC Stadium against Millwall, a fine cross from the right picked out Simpson, who produced a sublime first touch before steering the ball past Taylor from six yards He was later released by Hull City.
Return to Millwall (loan)
On 29 September 2013, he signed a two-year contract for Thailand's Buriram United which reportedly earn him £40,000 a month. On 1 February 2014, he scored his first goal in a Buriram United shirt during a 1–0 in Kor Royal Cup win over Muangthong United in Suphanburi.
His contract with Buriram has been terminated by mutual consent in the first half of season.
Return to England: Leyton Orient
Simpson was capped by England at youth level.
- As of 3 May 2015
|Millwall (loan)||2007–08||League One||41||6||4||1||0||0||—||1[a]||1||46||8|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2008–09||Premier League||13||1||4||1||0||0||—||—||17||2|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2009–10||Championship||39||12||2||1||1||0||—||—||42||13|
|Buriram United||2014||Thai Premier League||15||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||1||1||22||2|
|Leyton Orient||2014–15||League One||28||5||1||0||3||0||0||0||2||3||34||8|
- Appearance in Football League Trophy
- Buriram United
- Kor Royal Cup Winners (1): 2014
- Ley, John (12 November 2008). "Arsenal's Jay Simpson confirms Arsene Wenger's faith by proving the real deal". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack (2008). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. Headline. p. 428. ISBN 978-0-7553-1820-9.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Jay Simpson". Flown the Nest.
- "Simpson revels in Arsenal victory". BBC Sport. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
- "Player profile – Jay Simpson". Arsenal.com. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- Millwall – Simpson Signs Until End Of Season
- Simpson named player of the year
- "What The Papers Said". Millwall F.C. 23 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- Southwark News – Millwall
- "Arsenal 6–0 Sheff United". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- Striker Simpson agrees loan move to West Brom, Arsenal F.C., accessed 31 January 2008
- "WBA vs Peterborough". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 3 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Peterborough 0–2 West Brom". BBC Sport. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- "Hull 2–2 West Brom". BBC Sport. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- "Cardiff 0 – 2 QPR". BBC Sport. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- "Hull City sign striker Jay Simpson from Arsenal". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
- "Arsenal striker Jay Simpson wants move to Hull". The Daily Telgraph (London). 17 August 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Hull 0 – 0 Watford". BBC Sport (BBC). 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- "Hull 2 – 0 Bristol City". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- "Ipswich 1 – 1 Hull". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Hull 1 – 0 Brighton". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Hull 4 – 1 Millwall". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Retained List Announced". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Millwall sign Liam Feeney and Jay Simpson". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Buriram United entice former Arsenal player with outrageous salary". Coconuts Bangkok. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jay Simpson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 October 2012.