Friday, 15 March 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - John Simpson

This is the first in my series of posts on the graves of Falkirk players which deals with a true Falkirk legend "Jocky Simpson".

I have already posted on the Falkirk career of Jock Simpson in an earlier post, so this will be brief.

John was Falkirk's absolute star player from 1905 to 1910 when he moved to Blackburn Rovers, since he was born just outside Manchester due to his Father's work he could not play for Scotland [yes, I know, the rules have been well relaxed since then] so England picked him instead. He never thought of himself as English, but he knew Scotland would not pick him so .....

Equally as deadly at Centre-Forward as his usual position of Outside-Right, he was a true goalscorer, scoring more League goals than anyone else in Europe in the season 1907/08.

He returned to play for his home club during the WWI, but according to the press the English Left-Halfs had been treating his ankles as target practice and he no longer had the same nip as when he left.

After Senior football he joined Falkirk Amateurs, before winding down with Falkirk Orient in the Falkirk & District Wednesday League for Merchants [he ran a pub on the High Street] and lived out his life staying in Orchard Street.

Falkirk Cemetery

John Simpson

b 25th December 1886, Pendleton, Lancashire
d 3rd January 1959, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday April 8th 1905 v Leith Athletic (H) East of Scotland League
League Debut – Saturday August 19th 1905 v Port Glasgow Ath (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Outside-Right, Centre-Forward, Outside-Left

Representative Honours – Scottish League v Southern League 1910/11

Club Honours – Scottish League Division 1 RU 1907/08, 1909/10, East of Scotland League W 1904/05,
Dewar Shield W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1904/05, 1906/07,
Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1908/09, 1916/17
Falkirk Leading League Goalscorer 1906/07 [23], 1907/08 [31], 1909/10 [24]

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [269/114]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [10/8]
Minor League Matches/Goals [22/6]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [31/22]

Hat-Tricks – 6 [Division 1 [4] Dewar Shield [1] Other [1]]

Known Career – Grange Rovers, Laurieston Juniors, Falkirk [1904/05-1910/11], Blackburn Rovers [1910/11-1914/15], Falkirk [1915/16-1918/19], Falkirk Amateurs, Falkirk [1921/22], Falkirk Orient

Moved to Blackburn Rovers in 1910 for £1850c and James Robertson [Falkirk 1910/11-1918/19]

100th First Class Goal v Heart of Midlothian (H) Saturday January 29th 1910, Scottish League Division 1 [157 Matches]
100th League Goal v St Mirren (A) Saturday October 8th 1910, Scottish League Division 1 [165 Matches]

Played for White v Blue, Stirlingshire FA Benefit Match at Brockville Pk, Falkirk, 27th April 1910
Played for Stripes v Whites, English International Trial at Tottenham, 23rd January 1911
Played for Anglo-Scots v Home-Scots, Benefit Match at Glasgow, 3rd January 1917
Played for East v West, Benefit Match at Edinburgh, 11th May 1918