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Neil Simpson Squad Index
Information:
1984-85 Squad Number:
8
Position:
Central Midfielder
Date of Birth:
15th November 1961
Birthplace:
London
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 10
Weight:
11st 3lbs
Signed:
29th August 1978
Career History:
Bankhead Academy
Middlefield Wasps
Aberdeen 29th August 1978
Newcastle United 31st July 1990 150,000
Motherwell 24th August 1991
Cove Rangers 10th June 1993, Retired in October 1993
SFA Football Development Officer North-East, Moray October 1993
SFA Head of Community Programme, Aberdeen FC July 2001
Aberdeen FC Assistant Academy Director July 2006
Aberdeen FC Head of Youth Academy July 2011 -
 
Profile:
Another of the original "Fergie fledglings" that was to play a huge part in the Dons success of the 80's. A tough, competitive midfielder, Simpson proved an ideal minder for the more subtle skills of Strachan and Weir, and was also capped for Scotland while at Pittodrie. Played in the Dons side that won the ECWC in 1983, and eventually moved to Newcastle in 1989, after an 11-year stint at Pittodrie. Made almost 300 appearances for the Dons. Rejoined the club in June 2001 to head up the Dons Community coaching initiative, later becoming head of the Youth Academy.

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
11/10/1978
Aberdeen 7-1 Hamilton
League Cup R3 2L 10,000 16 Sub

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
2012-13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1989-90
5
4
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
7
5
0
2
0
0
1988-89
16
0
0
5
0
0
5
0
0
2
0
0
28
0
0
4
0
0
1987-88
14
1
1
3
0
0
4
0
0
2
0
0
23
1
1
1
0
0
1986-87
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
4
0
0
1985-86
22
0
1
6
0
0
4
0
0
4
0
1
36
0
2
3
0
0
1984-85
33
0
4
1
0
0
6
0
1
1
1
0
41
1
5
5
0
0
1983-84
21
3
2
6
1
1
4
0
0
9
1
2
40
5
5
2
1
2
1982-83
29
4
5
6
1
0
5
0
2
11
0
3
51
5
10
3
0
0
1981-82
24
5
4
3
0
0
5
0
2
2
3
0
34
8
6
1
2
0
1980-81
15
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
1
2
3
1
0
1978-79
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
Totals:
187
18
19
30
4
1
34
0
5
32
5
6
283
27
31
30
4
3
Total Appearances/Goals: 310 31  

Scottish International Caps
Season Date
Match
Tournament
1987-88 21/05/88
England v SCOTLAND
Rous Cup
1986-87 23/05/87
SCOTLAND v England
Rous Cup
1983-84 01/06/84
France v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1983-84 21/09/83
SCOTLAND v Uruguay
Friendly
1982-83 24/05/83
SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland
British Int'l Championship
Total Appearances: 5