Jack Simms

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Jack Simms
Personal information
Full name John Simms[1]
Date of birth c. 1903[1]
Place of birth Burslem, England[1]
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
Burslem Juniors
Whitfield Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–192? Stoke
192?–1926 Leek Alexandra
1926–1931 Port Vale 81 (25)
1931–1932 Swansea Town 4 (2)
1932 Winsford United
1932–1933 Macclesfield 21 (11)
1934 Northwich Victoria
1934–193? Stafford Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Simms (born circa 1903; date of death unknown) was an English footballer who played on the left-wing for Stoke, Leek Alexandra, Port Vale, Swansea Town, Winsford United, Macclesfield, Northwich Victoria and Stafford Rangers. He helped Port Vale to win the Third Division North title in 1929–30.

Playing career[edit]

Simms played for Burslem Juniors and Whitfield Colliery, before joining the Reserves at Stoke as an amateur in March 1924,[2] he moved on to Leek Alexandra, before joining Port Vale as an amateur in June 1926.[1] He signed as a professional in October that year, making his debut in a 4–0 defeat by Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 30 October,[1] he scored his first goal for the "Valiants" on 6 November, in a 3–0 win over Oldham Athletic at The Old Recreation Ground.[1] He ended the 1926–27 campaign with six goals in 25 appearances,[1] he hit ten goals in 24 games in the 1927–28 season, including a brace against Barnsley and a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion.[1] He hit 12 goals in 35 matches in the 1928–29 relegation season, scoring all four goals in a 4–2 win over Nottingham Forest on 3 November.[1] However, he was limited to three appearances in the 1929–30 campaign, as Vale won promotion back to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division North,[1] he featured just once in the 1930–31 season, and was transferred to Swansea Town in May 1931.[1] He joined Winsford United in August 1932, before signing with Macclesfield in October 1932,[2] he was a first-team regular until missing the final two months of the season due to injury, scoring 11 goals in 21 Cheshire County League matches.[2] Bill Owen was signed to replace him at outside-left, and Simms was allowed to join Northwich Victoria in June 1934. He moved on to Stafford Rangers three months later.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Source:[3]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1926–27 Second Division 21 4 4 2 25 6
1927–28 Second Division 22 9 2 1 24 10
1928–29 Second Division 34 12 1 0 35 12
1929–30 Third Division North 3 0 0 0 3 0
1930–31 Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 81 25 7 3 88 28
Swansea City 1931–32 Second Division 4 2 0 0 4 2
Macclesfield 1932–33[4] Cheshire County League 21 11 2 0 23 11

Honours[edit]

Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 266. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Player Profiles - S". www.silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Jack Simms profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Season Statistics - Cheshire League - 1932-33". www.silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Glory to Despair (1929–1939)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 124–150. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.