Fitzroy Simpson

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Fitzroy Simpson
Personal information
Full name Fitzroy Simpson[1]
Date of birth (1970-02-26) 26 February 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Bradford-on-Avon, England
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Swindon Town 105 (9)
1992–1995 Manchester City 72 (4)
1994 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
1995–1999 Portsmouth 148 (10)
1999–2001 Hearts 17 (0)
2001 Walsall (loan) 10 (1)
2001–2003 Walsall 53 (3)
2003–2004 Telford United 31 (0)
2004–2005 Linfield 6 (0)
2005–2007 Havant & Waterlooville 31 (0)
2007–2008 Eastleigh 9 (0)
Total 486 (27)
National team
1997–2003 Jamaica[2] 36 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fitzroy Simpson (born 26 February 1970 in England) is a former professional English-born Jamaican professional footballer who was a midfielder and left back from 1988 to 2008.

Simpson notably played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Scottish Premier League for Hearts and the Irish IFA Premiership for Linfield. He also played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Walsall before ending his career in Non-league football with Telford United, Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh.

Club career[edit]

He joined the youth team at English club Swindon Town in 1987, and signed a professional contract the next year. In his debut match he was sent off for punching an opponent. Before the 1992/93 season he was sold to Premier League outfit Manchester City for £500,000. After a couple of seasons he struggled to stay in the first eleven, went on loan to Bristol City and was finally transferred to Portsmouth, where he played until 1999.

Heart of Midlothian signed Simpson soon after the World Cup, but it was an unhappy move, and he was offered the chance to reignite his career under Ray Graydon at Walsall. Simpson helped to revive the club's season, helping them to reach the Football League Second Division play-off final, which they went on to win. However, Simpson missed this game after picking up an injury during the semi-final. He left Walsall in the summer of 2003.

In 2002–03 he played non-league football with Telford United. He went to play for Linfield in Northern Ireland, but was released in the end of June 2005, at 35 years old.

He then announced his intention to retire from football, moving to the Costa del Sol, taking a directorship in a property firm, but in the 2005/06 season he resumed his football career with Havant & Waterlooville. The experienced midfielder arrived at Eastleigh in October 2007 from Havant. He left the club at the end of the season.[3]

International career[edit]

Simpson won 36 caps for Jamaica from 1997 to 2002, and represented them in all three group stage matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Simpson currently works as a coach for Chelsea youth team and as a coach at World Class youth Camp

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 July 1997 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's  Antigua and Barbuda 1–0 2–0 1997 Caribbean Cup
2 9 February 1998 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 2 July 2000 Independence Park, Kingston  Cuba 1–1 1–1 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fitzroy Simpson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Fitzroy Simpson at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ "Eastleigh player exodus gathers pace". 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 

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