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`12th Man` Help Fund Simpson Signing

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Evo-Stik League South Premier Bishop`s Stortford`s Supporters’ Club and the `12th Man` appeal have funded the signing of experienced midfielder Josh Simpson.

The 30-year-old has been training with the Blues for several weeks and having put pen-to-paper last night and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Buildbase FA Trophy tie at Bostik League South high-flyers Lewes.

Born in Harlow, Simpson started his career at Cambridge City in 2004 before moving across the city to Cambridge United on a one-year contract in 2006.

He ended up back at City after just one season at The Abbey before signing for Histon in 2008.

He joined then-Championship side Peterborough United on loan in December 2009, with a view to a permanent move, which he did on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee a month later.

Following a successful pre-season trial, Simpson joined Southend United on an initial six-month loan in August 2010 but was recalled from his loan in late December and joined Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

In July 2015, he signed for then-League Two side Plymouth Argyle on a one-year contract.

He has four caps at England C level.

The money from the `12th Man` appeal has helped Bishop`s Stortford fight off Vanarama National League South side Braintree Town’s attempts to sign Simpson.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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