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Simon Garner

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Full nameSimon Garner
Playing positionStriker

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Simon Garner (born 23 November 1959 in Boston, Lincolnshire) is an English former professional footballer. He is the record goal scorer for the English club Blackburn Rovers.

Garner was educated at Boston Grammar School and played for local club Boston United. He joined Blackburn Rovers as an apprentice, turning professional in July 1978. His debut came the following season against Newcastle United in 1978 at St. James' Park, the first of 484 league games for Rovers, in which he scored 194 goals. In his final season at Ewood Park, he helped fulfil chairman Jack Walker's dream as Blackburn were promoted in time for the first Premier League season.

That summer, in August 1992, he moved to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £30,000. He made 33 league appearances for the Baggies, scoring 8 more goals before moving to league newcomers Wycombe Wanderers in February 1994 on a free transfer, and helping them to promotion in their first season in the league by scoring in both legs of the play-off semi-final against Carlisle United, and also in the play-off final at Wembley against Preston North End.

In January 1996, he moved to Torquay United on loan, playing 11 league games, but only scoring 1 goal for Eddie May's side. After 66 league games for Wycombe, scoring 15 goals, he left to join non-league Woking on a free transfer in June 1996.

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