Roy Simmonds in 1961
|Date of birth||29 December 1928|
|Date of death||9 August 2008(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Melbourne|
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1961.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Simmonds was used all around the ground by Hawthorn, most often though on the half back flank. His finest season came in 1956 where he won Hawthorn's best and fairest and finished equal fourth in the Brownlow Medal count. He represented Victoria at the 1956 Perth interstate football carnival.
His career ended when he was controversially omitted from the 1961 Grand Final.
Simmonds coached Hawthorn for one game in 1973 as regular coach John Kennedy was coaching the Victorian State team.
In 2003 he was chosen on the interchange bench in Hawthorn's official 'Team of the Century'.
He worked as a grounds maintenance worker at East Doncaster Secondary in his later life, for a total of fourteen years. On 9 August 2008, Simmonds died from cancer.