718 Simon Trevitt

Biography

Generously-lugged right back Simon Trevitt joined Hull City in November 1995, initially on loan then a month later permanently in return for a £20,000 fee, at a time of considerable turmoil – the Tigers were drifting at the foot of the League Division 2 table, supporters were restless and the club was in financial dire straits. Trevitt slotted straight into Terry Dolan’s first eleven and he played in every game until April 1996 – City conceded three goals in each of the four games Trevitt missed, so his absence from the defence must have been significant.

City were relegated with a handful of games to go and Trevitt resumed the right back spot in the fourth tier at the start of the 1996/97 season. Simon scored his only Tigers goal in an October 1996 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic but he dropped out of the first team a week later and was only restored to the first XI in the last four games of the season. The summer of 1997 saw City switch managers, Terry Dolan was removed and Mark Hateley was installed. Trevitt started five of the first nine matches in the 1997/98 season but by December 1997 he was sent to Swansea City by Hateley on a short term loan (where he made a solitary first team appearance) before being released in June 1998.

Simon Trevitt was born in Dewsbury, a former mill town in the Calder Valley, and grew up in nearby Liversedge. He came through the junior ranks at Huddersfield Town, joining the Terriers’ apprentice scheme in June 1984. By September 1985 he had graduated from the Juniors to the Reserves and in December 1985 he signed his first professional contract. He made his debut for the Terriers in September 1986 against Blackburn Rovers and within a few weeks he started in a League Cup tie against Arsenal. Trevitt came back into the first team in the closing weeks of the 1986/87 season, three months into the 1987/88 season he became Huddersfield Town’s first choice right back.

Although relegated to Division Three in May 1987, Huddersfield kept faith in Trevitt and became a fans’ favourite over the next eight years. He missed much of the 1989/90 season thanks to a groin injury but returned to the fold in August 1990 and resumed his buccaneering runs down the right flank of the Terriers’ formation. In May 1992 he played in both legs of the Division Three play-offs as Huddersfield lost by the odd goal in seven to Peterborough United. Two years later the Terriers again qualified for the play-offs and secured promotion to League Division 2 with a Wembley win over Bristol Rovers – Trevitt started all three play-off ties.

At the start of the 1995/96 season, having been granted a testimonial season, Trevitt fell out of manager Brian Horton’s first team plans and was consigned to the Reserves for the first time in eight years. When he departed Huddersfield Town for Hull City in November 1995 Simon had scored four goals in 285 senior appearances for the club.

Trevitt left Hull City in the 1998 close season and joined Northern Premier League side Guiseley. Apart from a part-season spent at Ossett Albion during the 1999/00 season, Trevitt spent twelve years at Guiseley and played first team football into his early 40s. He then worked as a postman in the Cleckheaton area and lived in Liversedge, close to his Dewsbury birthplace, where he also coached local junior teams. As well as a professional footballer, Trevitt was also a capable club cricketer for Liversedge CC.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 20 December 1967, Dewsbury
Hull City First Game: 25 November 1995, Peterborough United H (League Division 2), 27 years, 340 days old
Hull City Final Game: 13 September 1997, Lincoln City H (League Division 3), 29 years, 267 days old

Clubs

Huddersfield Town (1985-1995), Hull City (1995, loan), Hull City (1995-1998), Swansea City (1997, loan), Guiseley (1998-1999), Ossett Albion (1999-2000), Guiseley (2000-2010)

Hull City Record

Career: 55 apps, 1 goals

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1995/9625 (0)01 (0)0
1996/9721 (1)12 (0)0
1997/984 (0)01 (0)0

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