Simon Collins (footballer)

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Simon Collins
Personal information
Full name Simon Jonathan Collins
Date of birth (1973-12-16) 16 December 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Pontefract, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Huddersfield Town 52 (3)
1994 Halifax Town (loan) 3 (0)
1997–1999 Plymouth Argyle 84 (5)
1999–2001 Macclesfield Town 56 (4)
2001 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 12 (0)
2001–2002 Frickley Athletic 47 (13)
2002 Belper Town
2002–2003 Bradford Park Avenue
2003–2004 Belper Town
2004–2007 Frickley Athletic
2007 Grantham Town 2 (0)
2007 Ossett Town
2007 Stocksbridge Park Steels
Teams managed
2007–2009 Ossett Town
2009–2010 Stocksbridge Park Steels
2010 Bradford Park Avenue
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Simon Jonathan Collins (born 16 December 1973) is an English former professional footballer, born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, who made 200 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Macclesfield Town and Shrewsbury Town.[1][2] He was manager of Bradford Park Avenue, having previously been in charge at Ossett Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels.


Collins started his career as a trainee at Huddersfield Town,[2] spending time on loan to Halifax Town[3] before joining Plymouth Argyle in 1997. He appeared in the famous Jimmy Glass game, in which Carlisle United's goalkeeper scored in the 94th minute to save his club from relegation from the Football League.[4] After leaving Argyle in 1999 he played for Macclesfield Town and Shrewsbury Town in the league,[2] and then for non-league clubs Frickley Athletic, Belper Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Grantham Town, Ossett Town,[5] and Stocksbridge Park Steels.[6]

He then went into coaching, and managed Ossett Town from 2007[7] to 2009 before taking over as manager of Stocksbridge Park Steels in September 2009.[5] Collins left Stocksbridge in March 2010, just six months after joining,[citation needed] before being appointed new Bradford Park Avenue manager in May 2010, following the end of the 2009–10 season.[8]

His younger brother Sam also became a professional footballer; the brothers played alongside each other for Huddersfield Town.[9]


  1. ^ "Simon Collins". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Simon Collins". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Simon Collins". ShaymenOnline. Paul Holroyd. Retrieved 28 November 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (10 May 1999). "Carlisle raise a Glass to survival – Carlisle United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1". The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b White, Andy (25 September 2009). "Collins Is New Steels Boss". The Non-League Paper. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Transfer news". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "First Team – News Archive". Ossett Town F.C. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Collins gets Bradford PA job". Non-league News. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Booth, Mel (13 September 2004). "Abbott shines as hat trick hero!" (reprint). Huddersfield Daily Examiner. FindArticles. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 

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