Simon Garner

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Simon Garner
Personal information
Full name Simon Garner
Date of birth (1959-11-23) 23 November 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Boston, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1992 Blackburn Rovers 474 (168)
1992–1994 West Bromwich Albion 33 (8)
1994–1996 Wycombe Wanderers 66 (15)
1996 Torquay United (loan) 11 (1)
Total 584 (192)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon Garner (born 23 November 1959) is an English former professional footballer who spent the majority of his career playing for Blackburn Rovers, where he is the record holder for most goals scored. He also played for West Bromwich Albion, Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United.


Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Garner was educated in his hometown at Boston Grammar School.[1] He played for local club Boston United before joining Blackburn Rovers as an apprentice, turning professional in July 1978. His debut came the following season against Newcastle United in 1978 at St James' Park, the first of 474 league games for Rovers, in which he scored a club-record 168 goals.[2] In his final season at Ewood Park, he helped fulfil chairman Jack Walker's dream as Blackburn were promoted in time for the inaugural Premier League season.

After his long spell at Rovers he moved to West Bromwich Albion and made 33 league appearances for the Baggies, scoring 8 more goals before moving to Wycombe Wanderers. He first played a league match for Wycombe in the 1993–94 season, and during his time there he had a loan spell at Torquay United, playing 11 league games for the Gulls.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Garner served a brief sentence in prison for contempt of court during his divorce proceedings. He was released after a successful appeal.[4]


  1. ^ "List of Old Boys". Old Bostonian Association. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Petrov fit to help pressure young Rovers Souness plays down use of Rangers' facility". Herald Scotland. 30 October 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Simon Garner". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "There is no hiding place behind bars for the footballers relegated to serving time". The Independent. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2012.