1931: PLAYER, REFEREE, AND TRAINER. Mr Peter Simpson Dies in Chair. BLOW TO ABERDEEN FOOTBALL. With the sudden death of Mr Peter Simpson yesterday, at his home at 1 Nelson Street, Aberdeen, another notable figure in Aberdeen football circles has been removed. Mr Simpson, who was sixty-six years of age, had not enjoyed good health for some time. A year ago he was operated upon and, while still confined to bed, contracted pneumonia. He made a good recovery, but since then has not enjoyed the best of health. He was out and about yesterday afternoon attending to his duties at St Machar Rugby ground, but on his return complained of being ill, and he died sitting in his armchair.
Popular Figure. "Peter," as he was known to sportsmen in Aberdeen, was a prominent and popular figure in football circles all over Scotland. He was for twenty years trainer to the Aberdeen Football Club and was a well-known player and Scottish League referee. A native of Peterhead, Mr Simpson spent practically the whole of his life in Aberdeen. His first appearance in Aberdeen was in the old Gladstone team which used to play at the Links. He was quickly spotted and joined the Rovers, another well-known combination. Mr Simpson was the first player on the books of the Aberdeen Victoria United, and captained the side in 1885.
Refereed Cup Final. He was for several years a referee on the Scottish League First Division, and was the first Aberdeen referee have charge of the Scottish Cup final. He also refereed four semi-finals. Mr Simpson officiated in many inter-county matches, and one season he had charge of two cup finals, senior and junior, in one day. He was employed by Messrs Hall, Russell's when he became trainer to Aberdeen F.C. in 1903. He was popular with both players and supporters. During his regime Aberdeen was at its best in 1910-11, when they finished runners-up in the Scottish League and reached the semi-final of the Cup.
Family of Five. A member of the Aberdeenshire Football Association, of which he was at one time president, his knowledge of the game was a valuable asset to that body. He is survived by his widow, three daughters and two sons. He was a member of Lodge 164 of Freemasons.
Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Friday 24th April, 1931