Now there is a new Simpson in Town

Swindon Advertiser: Now there is a new Simpson in Town Now there is a new Simpson in Town

FORMER Town favourite Fitzroy Simpson believes his son Jake’s experiences with Jamaica Under 20s have helped turn him from a boy into a man.

The Swindon Town youth team player was with the young Reggae Boyz last weekend for their U20 World Cup qualifier with Cuba, which ended 0-0 to send Jamaica top of their group.

Simpson, who made more than 100 appearances for Town after coming through the youth team, believes his 17-year-old son has coped well with the step-up to international football.

“He’s had a great experience in Jamaica as they reached the final stages, and he then goes to Brazil in December and then Mexico in February,” he said.

“His quote to me was that it was an experience of a lifetime, to be 17 playing in the under 20s in the World Cup qualifiers is what dreams are made of.

“It’s life experience as well. Personally, I think he’s gone over there as a young man to a real man. It’s a harsh environment, you must understand, but it’s an experience from which he’s come back buzzing.

“I was questioning whether he could adapt because they’re very physical, very technical and they play the Brazilian way. That’s what their philosophy is in Jamaica, from the youngest age group upwards.

“It’s very technical, very fast, imaginative, creative and to be fair it took him two days to adapt and the coaches were ecstatic.

“Behind the scenes they were overjoyed with his technical ability, his determination and his professionalism – because that’s the biggest thing in Jamaica.”

The younger Simpson rushed back from international duty to play in Town’s 6-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Cirencester on Tuesday night, and his father believes he is in the best place to learn his trade.

“It’s testament to himself that he arrived on Monday at nine o’clock and he was at Wanborough training ground for 12,” he said.

“It’s really good. He’s come off the plane and I knew he’d be jetlagged but he said ‘I’m going to training’.

“I wasn’t going to complain. I’m very proud, his mother’s very proud and his grandfather, who’s watched him since he was two weeks old when we gave him his first ball, is very proud.

“He said he wants to play football, he said he’s got a great debt to Jeremy Newton and Paul Bodin in helping him develop so far and obviously he’s gone to a much higher level now.

“The professionalism is sometimes to be questioned but he was always on point and that’s got to come from where he’s learnt his trade.

“Since he was six years old he’s been with Swindon and it does bode well for what we’re trying to do. The boys are standing up on the international level.”

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8:00am Sat 17 Nov 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

Starting place today!?...along with Storey, Thompson, Thompson....
:-)
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Amazing job that Bodin and his team have done....keep it up as most of us love a home grown player over and above a purchase.....in slightly amended words of our own revered poster...The Future is Bright, the Future is Youth!!
Starting place today!?...along with Storey, Thompson, Thompson.... :-) ---. Amazing job that Bodin and his team have done....keep it up as most of us love a home grown player over and above a purchase.....in slightly amended words of our own revered poster...The Future is Bright, the Future is Youth!! SAPFanSTFC

9:48am Sat 17 Nov 12

KojaktheWarg says...

Nice Story. The young ones have made a difference this season and hopefully will continue to do so when Jake takes the next step up.
Nice Story. The young ones have made a difference this season and hopefully will continue to do so when Jake takes the next step up. KojaktheWarg

10:28am Sat 17 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

I would echo the plaudits to Paul and his team (another legend who should be on the Don Rogers links).

Also good to reflect on memories of Fitz. He scored some crackers and had tons of pace. Sort of player you were never quite sure what he was going to do with the ball. I suspect neither did he at times and either ended in failure or a spectacular move.

Would have like to see him stay longer but can't blame him for wanting to take his chances with City.
I would echo the plaudits to Paul and his team (another legend who should be on the Don Rogers links). Also good to reflect on memories of Fitz. He scored some crackers and had tons of pace. Sort of player you were never quite sure what he was going to do with the ball. I suspect neither did he at times and either ended in failure or a spectacular move. Would have like to see him stay longer but can't blame him for wanting to take his chances with City. mancrobin

12:07pm Sat 17 Nov 12

old town robin says...

It's good to see young players like Fitz and Bodin following in their dads footsteps. if he gets anywhere as good as young Ince and Chamberlain he will have a great career ahead of him, hopefully with us.
It's good to see young players like Fitz and Bodin following in their dads footsteps. if he gets anywhere as good as young Ince and Chamberlain he will have a great career ahead of him, hopefully with us. old town robin

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