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Robbie Simpson

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Biography

Date of birth

15/03/1985

Height

185 cm

Signed

01/07/2016

Country

England

Sponsors: If you would like to sponsor Robbie for the 2017/18 season contact operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk

Home: Hitchin Pete Scenic Railways of Herts 07972 585527
Away: East Midlands Grecians
Training: Janet & Graham Burch
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GPS: East Midlands Grecians

Fans’ favourite Robbie Simpson scored on his first start for the club since breaking his leg in Exeter City’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool in February 2017. 

The former Cambridge United, Coventry City and Huddersfield United striker spent more than 12 months on the sidelines recovering from the injury and had to watch from the stands as Exeter City made it to Wembley last season for the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two play-off final.

Robbie joined the Grecians from Cambridge United in the summer of 2016 and made 29 appearances for the club in his first season before suffering his injury.

He scored on his first start back, firing home Pierce Sweeney’s cross in a 2-1 win over Cheltenham. Robbie also netted the winner in a 1-0 win over Colchester United as well.

The 31-year-old striker started his career on schoolboy terms at Norwich City, before joining non-league side Cambridge City in 2002.

He then joined neighbours Cambridge United where he managed to combine playing with studying full-time at Loughborough University for a degree in sports science and maths. While at University, Robbie linked up with Paul Tisdale for the first time. He was part of Paul’s England Universities team that won the British Universities title in 2006. 

It was a competition that Robbie would win three times during his time as a student, but he also picked up the golden boot in the time Tis managed the side and the player and manager have kept in contact ever since.

After completing his degree, and scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances for Cambridge United, Robbie joined Ian Dowie’s Coventry City at the start of 2007/08 season. 

Following a two-year spell at the Ricoh Arena, which began with a goal five minutes into his debut match against Notts County, Robbie left Coventry to join Huddersfield Town in June 2009. 

He joined Oldham United after that – and scored a spectacular strike in the third round of the FA Cup against Liverpool – before signing for Leyton Orient and then rejoining Cambridge United in the summer of 2014. 

Robbie has also set up a successful business called Life After Professional Sport. It is a career guidance platform aimed at helping professional sports people find a new career once they retire. It has also received praise from Richard Branson. 

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