John Sim (4 December 1922 – 14 January 2000), known as Jock, Jackie, or Johnny Sim, was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a centre forward or left half in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion.[1]

Jock Sim
Personal information
Full name John Sim[1]
Date of birth (1922-12-04)4 December 1922[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 14 January 2000(2000-01-14) (aged 77)[1]
Place of death Chippenham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Position(s) Centre forward, left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946 St Roch's
1946 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
1946–1950 Brighton & Hove Albion 32 (5)
1950–1951 Chippenham Town
1951–1952 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
1952–1955 Chippenham Town
Calne Town
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Life and career Edit

Sim was born in Glasgow in 1922.[1] During the Second World War, he served abroad for five years.[3] Afterwards, he joined Kirkintilloch Rob Roy from another junior club, St Roch's, early in the 1946–47 season,[3][4] scored freely, and within weeks was reportedly "in almost as great a demand as nylon stockings."[5] He signed for English club Brighton & Hove Albion on 24 October,[3] and scored on his Third Division South debut three weeks later. He had a run in the side in his first season, but injury disrupted his career: he was restricted to just 14 appearances in the next two seasons and none at all in 1949–50.[2]

Ahead of the following campaign, he signed for Chippenham Town, together with three Brighton teammates, Eric Lancelotte, Fred Leamon and Ken Davies.[6] In March 1951, as part of the Western League record transfer that took Rex Tilley to Plymouth Argyle, Sim returned to the Football League,[7] but he never played first-team football for Argyle and was soon back with Chippenham.[8] He stayed for three seasons, but turned down the terms offered for a fourth and was released.[9] He later played for Calne Town.[2]

Sim died in Chippenham in 2000 at the age of 77.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jock Sim". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Carder, Tim; Harris, Roger (1997). Albion A–Z: A Who's Who of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Hove: Goldstone Books. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-9521337-1-1.
  3. ^ a b c "Rob Roy lose a star". Kirkintilloch Herald. 30 October 1946. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Football". Kirkintilloch Herald. 18 September 1946. p. 3. Sim, Rob Roy's new centre, looks like filling the bill admirably.
  5. ^ "The Vale of Grievin'. Rob Roy's last minute winner". Kirkintilloch Herald. 23 October 1946. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Re-discovered". Sports Argus. Birmingham. 2 September 1950. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Chippenham transfers". Wiltshire Times. Trowbridge. 24 March 1951. p. 8.
  8. ^ "Sim returns to Chippenham". Wiltshire Times. Trowbridge. 12 July 1952. p. 10.
  9. ^ "Players released". Wiltshire Times. Trowbridge. 18 June 1955. p. 14.