Bow-legged striker Simpson joined Hull City in August 2010 but struggled for goals at first, only opening his account in December. He then hit a rich patch of form that saw him through the rest of the season, but he rarely featured at all in 2011/12 and was loaned to Millwall. In 2012/13 Steve Bruce restored Jay to the first team and he struck up a productive partnership with Sone Aluko that fired City to the upper reaches of the Championship. With City promoted that summer, Simpson left City on expiry of his contract.
Born in Enfield, North London, Simpson came up through the ranks at Arsenal and made his Gunners’ senior debut in 2008, following the making of history when in an under-18s match Jay scored Arsenal’s first hattrick at the newly constructed Emirates Stadium. In his later years at Arsenal Simpson has successful loan spells at Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.
Following his release by City, Simpson did not rush into another club and instead headed for Thailand and signed for Buriram United. A year later Jay returned to England and joined Leyton Orient, where he had two and a bit productive but tumultuous seasons as the Os tumbled out of the Football League. In January 2017 Jay joined MLS side Philedelphia Union, two years later he was back at Leyton Orient after signing a short term deal.
Simpson received youth team caps for England while at Arsenal.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 December 1988, Enfield
Hull City First Game: 21 August 2010, Watford H (Championship), 21 years, 263 days old
Hull City Final Game: 4 May 2013, Cardiff City H (Championship), 24 years, 154 days old
Arsenal (2006-2010), Millwall (2007-2008, loan), West Bromwich Albion (2009, loan), Queens Park Rangers (2009-2010, loan), Hull City (2010-2013), Millwall (2011-2012, loan), Buriram United (2013-2014), Leyton Orient (2014-2017), Philedelphia Union (2017-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 86 apps, 13 goalsJay Simpson
|2010/11||19 (13)||6||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2011/12||0 (3)||0||0 (1)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2012/13||27 (16)||6||2 (1)||0||1 (0)||1||-||-||-||-|