Jocky Simpson's footballing career

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Jocky Simpson's footballing career

Post by Carlucci » Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:07 pm

When made Jocky Simpson his debut playing for Falkirk and when did he play his last match for the Bairns before being transferred to
Blackburn Rovers? When did he made his debut in the Football League and when did he play his last game in England? How many games did he play for the Bairns and for Blackburn Rovers, and how many goals did he score? Did he play for any other club. Thank you a lot and warmest regards to all forum members.

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Post by Scottish » Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:38 pm

I can't be 100% about his debut (maybe someone has those Falkirk reference books mentioned in another thread) but he was certainly with Falkirk when they joined the First Division in 1905-06. He would be aged 18 then. He played in Falkirk's first top flight game away to Port Glasgow on 19/8/05 in a 2-1 defeat He played 176 league games from then until 1910-11 scoring exactly 100 times. He was top goalscorer in the league in 1907-08. His last match was January 14th 1911 - a 2-0 away win over Queen's Park

He was transferred to Blackburn Rovers for £1,850 and played 151 league games for them 1910-11-1913-14, scoring 16 times. I don't have debut or last match details, I'm afraid

Because of his Lancashire birth (Pendleton, Christmas Day 1886) he was ineligible to play for Scotland but he represented the Scottish League against the Southern League in October 1910 and was called up for England international trials while still at Falkirk though he wasn't capped by England until after his move to Blackburn.

Regarding other clubs, Falkirk signed him from Laurieston Juniors. Michael Joyce's 'Football League Players Records 1888-1939' lists him as having had a trial for Rangers but it doesn't appear he ever signed for them. He was one of those players whose careers were ended prematurely thanks to the First World War.

Jocky Simpson died in 1959.

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Post by Alan McCabe » Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:58 pm

I can't be sure of his debut either but reference books seem to suggest the Port Glasgow match that opened the season's fixtures in 1905-06.
In the days of strict birthplace rulings regardless of allegiancies, he must've been yet another of those players forced to represent an alien nation since he undoubtedly considered himself Scottish.
Both parents were from Laurieston in Falkirk and returned home from a brief spell in Yorkshire with 18-month-old Jocky. He actually represented the Scottish League against the Southern League in 1910, so he did partially fulfill his boyhood ambition.
He later ran a pub in Falkirk's High Street.

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Post by jimmythepost » Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:46 pm

Brilliant account of his career in Brockville Bairns Volume 3.

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