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Dave Simmons (footballer)

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Full nameDavid John Simmons
Date of birth24 October 1948
Place of birthRyde, Isle of Wight, England
Date of death3 July 2007(age 58)
Place of deathEly, Cambridgeshire, England
Playing positionStriker

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David John Simmons (24 October 1948 3 July 2007) was an English footballer who played for a number of Football League teams in the 1970s. He is perhaps best known for scoring the decisive goal in Colchester United's shock win against Leeds in the 1971 FA Cup.

A native of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Simmons began his professional football career at Arsenal, but never played any first team competitive matches for the Gunners. Although a prolific goalscorer in the youth and reserve teams, he only played friendlies for the first team and spent a period of time out on loan at Bournemouth. In February 1969, he was transferred to Aston Villa, where he only played sporadically despite a good goal rate. In December 1970, he moved to Colchester. On 13 February 1971, Simmons scored one of the goals as the Fourth Division side won 3-2 against Don Revie's Leeds to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

In March 1973, Simmons moved to Cambridge United, and a year later he moved to Brentford, before returning for a second spell at Cambridge in November 1975. In total, Simmons played 184 league games, scoring 48 goals. He left Cambridge at the end of the 1975-76 season, and retired from the professional game due to injury. He later played for several non-league clubs in Cambridgeshire, including Cambridge City, Newmarket Town, Ely City and Soham Town Rangers.

Simmons died in July 2007, following a long battle with cancer, aged 58.

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