Simpson playing for Hull City in 2011
|Full name||Jay-Alistaire Frederick Simpson|
|Date of birth||1 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Enfield, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2007–2008||→ Millwall (loan)||41||(6)|
|2009||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||13||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||39||(12)|
|2011–2012||→ Millwall (loan)||16||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:11, 17 December 2016 (UTC).
A product of the Arsenal Academy, he never played a league game for Arsenal, spending most of his time on loan, at Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers. In 2010, he joined Hull City, and was released three years later. Simpson spent time in Thailand with Buriram United, winning the 2014 Kor Royal Cup before returning to England with Leyton Orient.
On 9 January 2017 it was announced that he signed a contract with Philadelphia.
Born in Enfield, London, Simpson was with Norwich City before he joined Arsenal at the age of nine, and played in an under-18s game at just 13 years of age. He featured prominently for Arsenal's reserve team whilst at school at Islington Arts and Media School, and was on the bench for the first team's League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 24 October 2006, but did not play. On 19 February 2007, he made history by becoming the first player ever to score a hat-trick at the Emirates Stadium, for Arsenal's under-18 side in an FA Youth Cup match against Cardiff City, in a 3–2 win.
On 31 August 2007 he was loaned from Arsenal to Millwall until the new year. The next day, he made his first team debut in a 2–1 League One defeat to Huddersfield Town at The New Den, replacing Danny Spiller for the final eight minutes. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 loss to Swansea City in the first round of the Southern Section of the Football League Trophy on 4 September, and his first league goal in a 2–1 defeat to Swindon Town on 29 September. On 15 December, he was sent off for celebrating in the crowd after equalising in a 2–3 home loss to Oldham Athletic. His loan was due to expire on 1 January 2008, but was later extended to the end of the season. Simpson scored eight goals in 44 appearances for Millwall and won the PFA Fans' League One player of the year award for 2008.
Simpson thanked Millwall for giving him the chance to improve his game, stating "Going to Millwall was the best decision I have ever made. Playing regularly in the first team really developed my game. It helped me grow as a player and I made a lot of good friends. It did me the world of good. The Millwall fans were really good to me – and I appreciated their support." Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger stated that he believed Simpson had a future at Arsenal by stating "At the moment it is too early to say if he [Jay Simpson] has a future, but I think so yes. He has done extremely well and has scored goals. I always thought Jay was a very good player and the fact he can get good experience at Millwall makes us all happy, because he is not only a good player but a very nice boy."
Simpson made his Arsenal first team debut in a 6–0 win over Sheffield United in the third round of the League Cup on 23 September 2008, coming on as a substitute for Nicklas Bendtner in the 71st minute. In the fourth round, he scored his first two senior Arsenal goals against Wigan Athletic in a 3–0 win on 11 November, in what was his first senior start for the club.
He signed a new contract with Arsenal on 29 December 2008, but was then loaned out to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He made his Albion debut on 3 January 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Robert Koren in a 1–1 draw with Peterborough United at The Hawthorns in the FA Cup third round. He scored his first goal for the team ten days later, in a 2–0 win in the replay. His first Premier League goal was scored on 31 January, in the 2–2 draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium.
In August 2009 he joined the Championship's Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan, making his debut in a 1–0 away win at Scunthorpe United. His third game for QPR was against Cardiff City, at the Cardiff City Stadium, and he went on to score a first-half brace.
On 19 August 2010, Simpson signed a three-year contract with Championship team Hull City for a fee of £1 million including add-ons. He made his debut after starting in a 0–0 with Watford on 21 August. His first goals for the club came on 18 December, when he scored both goals of a home win against Bristol City. After spending over a month as an unused substitute, he made his return coming on as a replacement for Tijani Belaid, and scoring his fifth goal of the season in the 1–1 away draw at Ipswich Town.
Simpson signed again for Millwall on loan, on transfer deadline day, 31 August 2011, remaining with them until the new year.
At the end of the 2012–13 season, he was released.
On 29 September 2013, he signed a two-year contract for Thailand's Buriram United which reportedly earned him £40,000 a month. On 1 February 2014 he scored his first goal in a Buriram United shirt during a 1–0 Kor Royal Cup win over Muangthong United in Suphanburi.
His contract with Buriram was terminated by mutual consent in the first half of the season.
Simpson signed for Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union on 9 January 2017 from English League 2 side Leyton Orient. Reports suggest that Simpson's departure was due to him being unsettled at the club.
Simpson was capped by England at youth level.
- As of 4 February 2017
|Arsenal F.C.||2007–08||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|Millwall (loan)||2007–08||League One||41||6||4||1||0||0||—||1[a]||1||46||8|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2008–09||Premier League||13||1||4||1||0||0||—||—||17||2|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2009–10||Championship||39||12||2||1||1||0||—||—||42||13|
|Buriram United||2014||Thai Premier League||15||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||1||1||22||2|
|Leyton Orient||2014–15||League One||28||5||1||0||3||0||—||2||3||34||8|
|Philadelphia Union||2017||Major League Soccer||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0|
- Appearance in Football League Trophy
- Buriram United
- Leyton Orient F.C.
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- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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