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Simon Marples

Personal information
Full nameSimon Marples
Place of birthSheffield, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubAlfreton Town

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Simon Marples (born 30 July 1975 in Sheffield) is an English football defender currently signed on a part-time contract at Alfreton Town who play in the Blue Square Conference North.

Marples was on the books of Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United as a youngster. He then joined non-league side Stocksbridge in 1994, working his way into the first team after impressive performances in the reserves.

In 1999 Marples moved to Doncaster Rovers for £12,000, which remains a club record fee received for a Stocksbridge player. Marples impressed so much in his early weeks at the club that he attracted interest from Premier League clubs, with Rovers valuing him at more than £200,000.

However, Maples stayed with Rovers and he was part of Doncaster's glory days when they won the Conference National playoffs and the Division 3 championship in successive seasons from 2003 to 2004.

A notable fact is that Maples never scored in a League or Cup match for Doncaster in 170 appearances.

He signed for Chester in the summer of 2006 on a free transfer and over the next two years would again fail to find the net in more than 50 first - team appearances. In March 2008 he was placed on 'gardening leave' at Chester, believed to be following a dispute over his non-selection in the team. He did not play for the club again and was released at the end of the season.

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