Ernest Simms

Ernest Simms

Ernest "Ernie" Simms was an English footballer, who was best known as a Luton Town centre forward. He was the first forward to play for England while playing for a Third Division club.
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23 July 1891
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  • 1971
    Age 80
    Died on October 11, 1971.
  • 1928
    Age 37
    After two and a half years with the club, he moved to Scunthorpe & Lindsey United for eighteen months, before finishing his career with York City in 1928, playing in the Midland League.
  • 1925
    Age 34
    Although he never played for England again, he did captain an FA XI on a tour of Australia in 1925.
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  • 1922
    Age 31
    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.
  • 1921
    Age 30
    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.
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  • 1920
    Age 29
    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.
  • 1916
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1912
    Age 21
    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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  • 1891
    Age 0
    Born on July 23, 1891.
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