Adam Simpson

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Adam Simpson
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Simpson in 2008
Personal information
Full name Adam Simpson
Nickname(s) Simmo[1]
Date of birth (1976-02-16) 16 February 1976 (age 39)
Original team(s) Eltham (DVFL)
Draft 14th pick, 1993 National Draft (NM)
Height/Weight 185 cm / 86 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–2009 North Melbourne 306 (83)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2002–2003 Australia 4 (0)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2014– West Coast 47 (29–17–1)
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2015.
Career highlights

Adam Simpson (born 16 February 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who is the current coach of the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). A left-footed midfielder, his playing career for North Melbourne spanned from 1995 to 2009, including 306 games.

From Melbourne, Simpson played junior football for Eltham and the Northern Knights before being recruited to North Melbourne at the 1993 National Draft. He made his debut during the 1995 season, and won a premiership the following year, during which he was also nominated for the AFL Rising Star award. Another premiership followed in 1999, and in 2002, Simpson was named in the All-Australian team and also won North Melbourne's best and fairest award, the Syd Barker Medal. He was appointed club captain in 2004, and held the position until stepping down at the end of the 2008 season, with his span including a preliminary final in 2007. Simpson played his 300th game in 2009, the third North Melbourne player to do so, and finished his career towards the end of the season. He was appointed coach of West Coast in October 2013, replacing John Worsfold.

Early life[edit]

Simpson grew up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne where he played junior football for Eltham in the suburban Diamond Valley Football League. He also played under-18 football for Northern Knights.

AFL playing career[edit]

(1995-2003)[edit]

Simpson was recruited by North Melbourne at the 1993 National Draft. He made his senior debut for the club against the Eagles in round 18 at Princes Park during the 1995 season. The following season he played for North Melbourne in the grand final win over Sydney. Earlier in the season he was nominated for the Rising Star award. Simpson also played a key midfield role for North Melbourne when the team won the 1999 Grand Final. In 2002, he won the club best and fairest award (Syd Barker Medal) and he was named in the All-Australian team.

Club captain (2004-2008)[edit]

Simpson with North Melbourne in 2007

Simpson was appointed club captain in 2004, and he led the Kangaroos into the finals the following year.

In 2005, the skipper narrowly missed recording a fifth consecutive top-three finish in the club best and fairest. He finished 4th, one vote behind 3rd and 2 votes shy of second. That year he missed two games with a punctured lung, but he still tallied over 400 disposals for the season with his industrious playmaking style.

Round 5 2007, he racked up a career equalling high 41 disposals, including a goal, in the Roos 16 point win against Geelong at Kardinia Park. Weeks later, he played his 250th game against Carlton in a home game at Carrawa on the Gold Coast. North Melbourne won the game 22-13 (147) to 20-10 (130). Simpson had 20 disposals. At the end of the game, his team-mates celebrated his 250 milestone by chairlifting him from the field.

On November 5, Adam Simpson announced he was stepping down as captain but he would continue playing in 2009. Brent Harvey became the new captain.

Controversy[edit]

In 2009 Adam Simpson along with Daniel Pratt admitted to making a YouTube video entitled “The Adventures of Little Boris”. The video was of a rubber chicken named Boris performing sex acts on a chicken carcass. This resulted in North Melbourne giving them fines of $5,000 each over their part in the sex video.

Simpson and Pratt were among seven Kangaroos players responsible for producing the film, which put a media spotlight on the club and AFL players in general over their attitudes to women.

Retirement[edit]

Simpson retired during the 2009 season. With North Melbourne out of finals contention, Simpson announced his retirement on 27 July 2009. He played the last of his 306 games on Friday night against Carlton in round 18 at Docklands, July 31. He ended his playing career after 15 seasons in the same round he made his debut. Simpson played every game during the North Melbourne 1996 and 1999 premiership seasons, and during his career he missed seven games as a regular player. He was the third player to notch 300 games for North Melbourne. At the end of his playing career he was remembered as hard-at-the-ball and as a favourite son of North Melbourne Football Club.

AFL coaching career[edit]

West Coast Eagles appointed Simpson coach for the 2014 season. He replaced John Worsfold who stood down after a disappointing season in 2013. Simpson was selected ahead of applicants Scott Burns and Peter Sumich. In his first year as senior coach the Eagles finished 9th. The following year, Simpson and the Eagles surprised many commentators by their performance when the club finished 2nd at the end home & away rounds.

Prior to coaching the Eagles, Simpson began his coaching career as an assistant coach under Alistair Clarkson at Hawthorn in 2010, and he was the midfield & forward coach for the Hawks when the club won the Grand Final in 2013.

Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

[2]
Season Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1995 North Melbourne 37 2 11 5 6 1 1 1 0 0 5.5 2.5 3.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0
1996 North Melbourne 37 25 258 164 94 46 35 11 16 8 10.3 6.6 3.8 1.8 1.4 0.4 0.6 0.3
1997 North Melbourne 37 19 235 153 82 46 23 14 5 7 12.4 8.1 4.3 2.4 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.4
1998 North Melbourne 37 19 287 175 112 46 45 6 9 10 15.1 9.2 5.9 2.4 2.4 0.3 0.5 0.5
1999 Kangaroos 7 25 545 409 136 113 54 48 5 9 21.8 16.4 5.4 4.5 2.2 1.9 0.2 0.4
2000 Kangaroos 7 25 492 376 116 87 83 29 5 6 19.7 15.0 4.6 3.5 3.3 1.2 0.2 0.2
2001 Kangaroos 7 21 455 309 146 88 60 21 3 0 21.7 14.7 7.0 4.2 2.9 1.0 0.1 0.0
2002 Kangaroos 7 23 565 403 162 105 72 20 7 10 24.6 17.5 7.0 4.6 3.1 0.9 0.3 0.4
2003 Kangaroos 7 21 532 327 205 126 45 44 11 6 25.3 15.6 9.8 6.0 2.1 2.1 0.5 0.3
2004 Kangaroos 7 22 544 317 227 118 73 40 4 8 24.7 14.4 10.3 5.4 3.3 1.8 0.2 0.4
2005 Kangaroos 7 21 413 230 183 84 63 28 3 1 19.7 11.0 8.7 4.0 3.0 1.3 0.1 0.0
2006 Kangaroos 7 19 436 226 210 96 58 16 2 2 22.9 11.9 11.1 5.1 3.1 0.8 0.1 0.1
2007 Kangaroos 7 25 610 327 283 104 110 34 4 4 24.4 13.1 11.3 4.2 4.4 1.4 0.2 0.2
2008 North Melbourne 7 21 505 238 267 77 77 13 4 5 24.0 11.3 12.7 3.7 3.7 0.6 0.2 0.2
2009 North Melbourne 7 18 442 199 243 95 76 16 5 4 24.6 11.1 13.5 5.3 4.2 0.9 0.3 0.2
Career 306 6330 3858 2472 1232 875 341 83 80 20.7 12.6 8.1 4.0 2.9 1.1 0.3 0.3

Coaching statistics[edit]

[3]
Season Team Games Coached Wins Losses Draws Points % Ladder Position League Teams
2014 West Coast 22 11 11 0 50.0% 9 18
2015 West Coast 25 18 6 1 72% 2 18
Career totals 47 29 18 1 61.70% 5.50 18.00

* = Unfinished season

Personal life[edit]

Simpson married his high-school sweetheart, whom he met in Year 11, and he has four children Milla, Allie, Owen and Elsa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2015-09-30/simmo-second-best-of-2015
  2. ^ Adam Simpson's player profile at AFL Tables
  3. ^ Adam Simpson's coaching profile at AFL Tables

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