Gary Simpson (footballer, born 1961)
|Date of birth||11 April 1961|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|1991–1993||Gainsborough Trinity (Player/Manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As a player he was a midfielder. He played for Boston United and Altrincham amongst other clubs. He acted as a coach and assistant to Keith Alexander at a number of Football League clubs, and upon Alexander's death in March 2010 he replaced him as manager at Macclesfield Town until March 2012. H has also had spells as manager of Gainsborough Trinity and Lincoln City.
Simpson started his career with Stoke City, making more than 100 reserve team appearances, before joining Boston United in the summer of 1980. He remained with the club for five seasons, skippering the club in the 1985 FA Trophy final, before leaving to join Stafford Rangers, Weymouth and Altrincham.
Simpson moved on to his first managerial role becoming Player/Manager at Gainsborough Trinity, winning the club's first ever Manager of the Month award in March 1993. Having been in charge at The Northolme for three years, following a 3–1 home defeat to Whitby Town on 9 October 1993 Simpson resigned from his role with Leighton James succeeding him in Trinity's hotseat. He quickly signed as a player for Arnold Town operating under the stewardship of his one-time Boston United manager Ray O'Brien. He became something of a cult-figure with the club, helping them secure the Northern Counties East League Division One Title for 1993–1994 before joining Hyde United in September 1994. He debuted in the 2–1 Northern Premier League away defeat to Boston United on 14 September and spent a month with the club before leaving.
He won nine England semi-professional international caps and also captained the Middlesex Wanderers touring side, playing games in Indonesia, Holland and Hungary.
Having first met Keith Alexander whilst both were players at Boston United, Simpson acted as Alexander's assistant manager at Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria, Lincoln City, Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town whilst also acting as a scout and coach during Alexander's spell as Director of Football at Bury.
On 2 January 2006, Lincoln placed both Alexander and Simpson on gardening leave with John Schofield being given the responsibilities of pro-football. A board meeting three days later saw Alexander return to the manager's seat but Simpson leave the club by mutual consent for footballing reasons.
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Keith Alexander was appointed Director of Football at Bury in May 2007 with Chris Casper remaining in the managerial chair. On 3 July 2007 Simpson rejoined Alexander at Gigg Lane joining the club as a coach with responsibility for the reserve side and scouting.
When Keith Alexander died on 3 March 2010, Simpson, who by now was Assistant Manager at Macclesfield Town, took over as caretaker manager. On 13 April 2010 Simpson was appointed permanent manager, signing a two-year deal to the end of the 2010–11 season, after having won 18 points from a possible 30. This was extended in April 2011 by a further year to the end of the 2012–13 season. However, he was asked to stand down by chairman Mike Rance on 18 March 2012 following a run of 16 consecutive games without victory, with the club finding themselves out of the relegation places in League Two only by way of goal difference.
During his time as manager of Macclesfield Town, Simpson always wore yellow socks during matches as a tribute to Keith Alexander. Following the death of Richard Butcher, he wore the number 21 during matches as a tribute to his friend; 21 was Butcher's squad number and was retired by Macclesfield Town in his honour
Return to Lincoln City
On 27 February 2013 Simpson was appointed manager of Lincoln City following the departure of David Holdsworth. Prior to his first game in charge, Simpson re-signed former City defender Nat Brown from former club Macclesfield, and the following day he oversaw City's 1-1 draw away at Woking which left Lincoln in 18th place in the Conference two points above the relegation zone.
On 3 November 2014 Simpson was placed on gardening leave while a review of his position of manager is carried out. He was then sacked and replaced by Chris Moyses.
- Tony Williams, Team Talk Magazine, Number 24, pp.35, July 1993.
- Tony Williams, Team Talk Magazine, Number 29, pp. 72–73, December 1993.
- Tony Williams, Team Talk Magazine, Number 37, pp. 10–11, August 1994.
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