Michael Simpkins

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Michael Simpkins
Personal information
Full name Michael James Simpkins
Date of birth (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Belper Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1998–2001 Chesterfield 26 (0)
2001–2002 Cardiff City 17 (0)
2002 Exeter City (loan) 5 (0)
2003 Cheltenham Town (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2004 Rochdale 27 (0)
2004–2005 Burton Albion 20 (1)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) ? (?)
2005 Leigh RMI 8 (0)
2005–2007 Worksop Town 45 (0)
2006 Buxton ? (?)
2006 Grantham Town 8 (0)
2007–20?? Retford United ? (?)
20??–2011 Worksop Town
2011 Frickley Athletic
2011– Belper Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:11, 16 August 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael James Simpkins (born 28 November 1978 in Sheffield, England) is an English footballer who plays for Belper Town. A defender by trade, Simpkins was primarily a left back but now plays in the more familiar role of central defender.

Career[edit]

He began his professional career at Chesterfield after progressing through the youth team. In 2001, he moved on to Cardiff City but failed to make a significant impact on the first team at Ninian Park and had loan spells at Exeter City and Cheltenham Town.

He moved on to Rochdale in 2003 on a two-year contract. He was the regular left back for manager Alan Buckley. However, he was quickly dropped by new manager Steve Parkin and persuaded to leave in the summer of 2004. He dropped into non-League football, signing for Conference National side Burton Albion, making 20 appearances in the 2004–05 season, before moving to league rivals Leigh RMI in March 2005, but he could not prevent Leigh's relegation at the end of the season.

Simpkins then moved closer to his native Sheffield by linking up with Worksop Town ahead of the 2005–06 season, and spent just over a year with the Tigers, establishing himself as a first-team regular; however, due to his poor disciplinary record, he was released early in the 2006–07 season after a sending-off against Vauxhall Motors. Simpkins then signed for Buxton, but left the club after a change of heart very soon afterwards and instead joined Grantham Town. He was named captain of the Gingerbreads and his impressive form for the Lincolnshire side earned a transfer bid from Conference North outfit Worcester City, but he declined the offer due to travelling concerns.

Budget cuts at Grantham forced Simpkins' departure in January 2008. He later signed for Retford United. Simpkins stayed with Retford in their successful title-winning side of 2007–08 and has agreed to stay with the club for the 2008–09 season.

He subsequently moved to Worksop Town where he became club captain

In the summer of 2011 he moved to Frickley Athletic before joining Belper Town in October 2011.

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