Simms moved up to the Second Division when he was sold to his home-town club, South Shields, in the spring of 1922, where he remained for two years before joining Stockport County, also in the Second Division, in January 1924.
He received his first call into an England squad in late-1920 as a non-playing reserve, before winning his first, and only, cap a year later. 22 October 1921 saw Simms make history at Windsor Park, Belfast - becoming the first Third Division centre forward ever to play for England.
He didn't do very well at first, as the standard of war-time football hadn't been as high - however the club kept faith in him, and by 1920-21, Luton's first season in the League since 1900, Simms was back to form scoring 28 goals in 42 games, nearly half of Luton's 61 overall.
The Simms case became a cause célèbre; his spirit and determination matched the national war-time mood. A special board meeting was convened whereby it was determined that his dedication and courage should be rewarded - Luton Town gave him another professional contract, and Simms dominated war-time football - he scored 40 goals during his first year back, the 1916-17 season.
Simms was born in Easington, County Durham and after playing for local clubs, South Shields Adelaide and Murton Colliery Welfare, he joined Barnsley in 1912, before moving south to join Luton Town in the summer of 1913.
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