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Full Name: William Simpson
Came from: Went to:
First game: 06 January 1940 Last game: 06 January 1940
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 0
On Sunday 3rd September 1939, Britain declared war on Germany. Restrictions on travel and a ban on the assembly of crowds were immediately imposed, forcing the Football League to bring the 1939-40 season to an end. A few weeks later, seven regional competitions were introduced, including the South West Regional League. It was a time of great uncertainty for the players, with their wages reduced to a standard flat-rate allowance of 30 shillings a week (equivalent to £75 in 2011), and many found themselves unable to provide for their families. They were forced to find work elsewhere, and because employers were not always prepared to release them, League clubs across the country found it difficult to find a starting eleven for each match. As a result, clubs were permitted to use guest players, often amateurs in local leagues and sometimes professionals who, by then, had joined one of the Armed Services and were stationed in the area.
Simpson was one of six players who made no conventional Football League appearances for Argyle, but did play for the first team in the South West Regional League. His one appearance in January 1940 was particularly notable, the local press announcing him as Argyle's first borrowed player for the new wartime league. The tall forward was stationed in the area with the Army, having had previous experience as an amateur with Huddersfield Town, although he had not broken into their first team. Whilst his only senior game for the club was away at South West Regional League leaders, Swindon Town, he had previously played at Home Park, scoring four goals against Depot XI, which no doubt helped earn his County Ground bow. After the cessation of hostilities it seems he either retired from playing or remained an amateur, as records show no Football League appearances.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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