Simon Marples

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Simon Marples
Personal information
Full name Simon Marples
Date of birth (1975-07-30) 30 July 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Alfreton Town
Youth career
Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Stocksbridge - (-)
1999–2006 Doncaster Rovers 151 (0)
2006–2008 Chester City 46 (0)
2008– Alfreton Town 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26/1/2009.

Simon Marples (born 30 July 1975 in Sheffield) is an English football defender currently signed on a part-time contract at Alfreton Town who play in the Conference North.

Marples was on the books of Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United as a youngster.[1] He then joined non-league side Stocksbridge Park Steels in 1994, working his way into the first team after impressive performances in the reserves.[2]

In 1999 Marples moved to Doncaster Rovers for £12,000, which remains a club record fee received for a Stocksbridge player. Marples impressed so much in his early weeks at the club that he attracted interest from Premier League clubs, with Rovers valuing him at more than £200,000.[3]

However, Maples stayed with Rovers and he was part of Doncaster's glory days when they won the Football Conference playoffs and the Division 3 championship in successive seasons from 2003 to 2004.

A notable fact is that Maples never scored in a League or Cup match for Doncaster in 170 appearances.

He signed for Chester in the summer of 2006 on a free transfer and over the next two years would again fail to find the net in more than 50 first–team appearances. In March 2008 he was placed on 'gardening leave' at Chester, believed to be following a dispute over his non-selection in the team.[4] He did not play for the club again and was released at the end of the season.[5]


  1. ^ Steve Whitney (1997). The Ultimate Book of Non League Players: 1997-98. p. 192. ISBN 0-9531258-0-7. 
  2. ^ Steve Whitney (1997). The Ultimate Book of Non League Players: 1997-98. p. 192. ISBN 0-9531258-0-7. 
  3. ^ "Snodin gets tough with Premiership big-boys". Donny Online. 2000-02-24. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Marples sent on garden leave". Chester City Official Website. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Seven leave Deva Stadium as Chester wield the axe". Daily Post. 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 

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