club are sorry to hear of the passing of former centre
forward Gary Simpson at the age of 64. Gary joined Chester
in the summer of 1981 and made 63 league appearances
over the following two seasons scoring 18 goals.
Born in Chesterfield, Gary joined
his local club as a schoolboy and after signing professional
in 1977 made his Football League debut for the Spireites,
at Plymouth Argyle, in November of the same year. Over
the next four seasons he made 43 appearances for the
Saltergate club without truly establishing himself as
a first team regular. In 1981 Alan Oakes brought Gary
to Sealand Road for £6,000 in an attempt to invigorate
a team that had struggled to find goals since the departure
of Ian Edwards and Ian Rush.
Gary was unfortunate to sign for the
club as financial problems began to bite and with a
small squad Chester were out of their depth in Division
Three finishing bottom of the table winning just six
games and managing only 36 goals. Gary himself finished
leading scorer with 12 of these goals including two
at his former club Chesterfield in an unexpected 5-3
The signing of John Thomas, following
relegation to Division Four, saw some of the goalscoring
pressure taken off Gary and he added another six goals
as the club stabilised in mid-table. Nevertheless the
financial situation was worsening and at the end of
the 1982/83 season Gary was one of eight players released
by the club as manager John Sainty was tasked with halving
the wage bill.
After leaving Sealand Road Gary joined
a host of former Chester players at Oswestry Town and
also played for Bangor City and Connah's Quay Nomads.
The club send out their condolences
to his family and friends.