Jock Simpson

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John 'Jock' Simpson (25 December 1886 – 4 January 1959) was an English international footballer, who played as an outside right in the 1900s and 1910s.[1] He was born in Pendleton, Lancashire,[1] but he moved to Scotland as a child.[2]

John's footballing career began with Laurieston Villa, and after a trial with Rangers, he signed for Falkirk.[1] He represented the Scottish League in 1910, while he was a Falkirk player.[3] At Falkirk he played a total of 269 Scottish League matches, scoring 116 goals.

In 1911 Jock moved to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £1800. Whilst Simpson was at the club they won the Football League First Division title in 1911–12 and 1913–14.[2] He made a total of 151 Football League appearances for Blackburn, scoring 16 goals.[1]

He made his international debut for England on 11 February 1911 against Ireland. Simpson made a total of eight appearances for England, with his last cap coming on 16 March 1914 against Wales.[4]

After an attempted comeback to senior with football with Falkirk, during World War I Jock finally played out his final playing years with Falkirk Amateurs, then with Falkirk Orient in the Falkirk Wednesday Shopkeepers League.[5]

John settled in Falkirk for the rest of his days, finally passing on in 1959, he is interred in Falkirk Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b Profile at Spartacus Educational
  3. ^ "Jocky Simpson". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ England international stats at
  5. ^ John Simpson - 100+ goals for Falkirk FC
  6. ^ John Simpson's Gravestone