Redcar-born Bobby Simpson was a young hard-hitting right back who had been plying his trade in the town before making the step up to Grangetown Athletic and South Bank. There his talents were spotted by Football League sides.
After a trial with Bradford City in 1912, he signed for Everton a few days later. Initially playing in their reserve side, he broke into the first team in the 1914/15 season, making nine Football League appearances on the way to winning the First Division title, the first ex-Redcar man to do so since Charles Pauls in 1890.
He also broke Redcar’s quarter final curse when he helped the Toffees reach an FA Cup semi-final, eventually losing 2-0 to Chelsea. Simpson’s final appearance for Everton came in April 1915 in a 2-1 win over West Brom, going on to sign for Wrexham after the conclusion of the war. He played over 100 games in Wales, taking part in their historic 1921/22 season in which they joined the Football League Division Three North, before later playing for Chester.