Alex Simpson

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Alex Simpson
Personal information
Full name Alexander Simpson
Date of birth (1924-11-24)24 November 1924
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 16 June 2008(2008-06-16) (aged 83)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Half back
Youth career
Benburb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (0)
1949–1952 Notts County 74 (6)
1952–1955 Southampton 68 (1)
1955–1958 Shrewsbury Town 100 (4)
1958–???? Nuneaton Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander Simpson (24 November 1924 – 16 June 2008) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a half back for Notts County, Southampton and Shrewsbury Town in the 1950s.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Simpson was born in Glasgow and as a youth played for Benburb before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 1947. He only made two First Division appearances for the Wolves before moving to Third Division (South) Notts County in October 1949. He made 76 appearances for Notts County between 1949 and 1952, scoring on seven occasions and he also collected a Championship medal in 1950.

Southampton[edit]

In November 1952, he was transferred to Second Division Southampton, with Jack Edwards moving to Meadow Lane. According to Holley & Chalk, he "had an excellent temperament"[1] and was made club captain soon after his arrival.

On 28 February 1953, he broke an ankle playing at Brentford.[1] Saints had spent most of the season in the relegation zone, but Simpson's replacement, former club captain Stan Clements was not able to lead the team to safety and they dropped to the Third Division (South) for the first time since 1922.

Simpson recovered in time for the start of the next season, but in October he lost his place to newly arrived Robert McLaughlin. Simpson regained his place for five matches at the end of the season, and in 1954-55 he was initially ever-present, scoring his only goal for the Saints with a header against Reading at The Dell on 2 October 1954. Whilst scoring the goal, he was knocked unconscious, but recovered in time for the next match. In mid-March, he was replaced by Bryn Elliott and in the summer of 1955 he was offered a free transfer.[1] In his three years with the Saints, he made a total of 75 appearances, scoring once.

Later career[edit]

In June 1955, he was transferred to fellow Third Division South side Shrewsbury Town, where he continued to give good service, making over 100 appearances in three years.

He then returned to the Wolverhampton area, where he joined the family fish and chips business,[1] turning out occasionally for Nuneaton Borough. He later retired to south Devon, and died on 16 June 2008.[2]

Honours[edit]

Notts County

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 579. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  2. ^ "Saints mourn duo". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008.

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