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Ronnie Simpson
Personal information
Full name Ronald Campbell Simpson
Date of birth 11 October 1930(1930-10-11)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death    19 April 2004 (aged 73)
Place of death    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Queens Park
Third Lanark
Newcastle United
078 (0)
021 (0)
262 (0)
123 (0)
118 (0)
602 (0)   
National team
Scotland B
002 (0)
005 (0)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Hamilton Academical

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ronald "Ronnie" Campbell Simpson (11 October 1930 — 19 April 2004) was a Scottish football (soccer) goalkeeper. He is mainly remembered for his time with Celtic, where he was one of the Lisbon Lions, the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967.




Early career

Simpson started his senior career with amateur club Queen's Park. When at Queens Park, Simpson was selected by Matt Busby to play for the Great Britain side in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Simpson moved to and Third Lanark, and then Newcastle United. He won the FA Cup twice with Newcastle, after taking over as their regular goalkeeper from Jack Fairbrother. He then returned to Scotland with Hibernian.


Thought to be in the last throes of his career, he was transferred to Celtic in 1965 as cover for John Fallon. Simpson's anticipation, handling and maintaining his concentration during long periods of inactivity, made him an ideal goalkeeper for the attack-minded Celtic; and he soon won the Celtic number one place from Fallon. The highlight of his time at Celtic was winning the 1967 European Cup Final. Although having little to do during the match, his fancy footwork when dealing with a backpass was one of the highlights of the match.In 2002 he was in Celtics Greatest ever team and beat Patrick Bonner to the best Celtic Goalkeeper ever.


Simpson also played for the Scotland national football team, making his debut at the age of 36 in the famous win over England 3–2 in 1967.

Personal and later life

Simpson's father Jimmy Simpson also played for Scotland, and enjoyed notable success as a centre-half for Rangers and Dundee United in the 1930s. After he retired as a player, he was manager of Hamilton Academical for a year. He also served on the pools panel, which guessed results of postponed matches in periods of exceptionally bad weather. He was also a Conservative Councillor on Edinburgh City Council in the 1970s.

He died from a heart attack on 19 April 2004.[1]


As a player

Newcastle United



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