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Robbie Simpson recalls promotion success

24 March 2020

Despite staying at Stadium MK for just one season striker Robbie Simpson certainly made an impact both on and off the field.

His experience proved vital during the final months of the campaign, with his cameo appearance against Mansfield Town on the final day of the season a perfect example of his abilities.

Simpson won header after header and foul after foul in the dying stages to run the clock down as the Dons returned to Sky Bet League One.

“We had a great season, we got promoted, and I felt like I played a big part in that,” the former Dons man told the Non-League Paper. “I wanted to play another season in the league and stay with MK Dons.

“I was in talks with them about potentially signing all summer but it dragged on and I eventually realised it wasn’t going to happen.”

In the Summer, Simpson signed for Chelmsford City in the National League South, and after the previous manager, Rod Stringer was relieved of his duties, Simpson took the step into management for this first time in his career.

“I thought about signing for another club but it didn’t appeal so, at 34, I thought it was a good time to drop down to part-time and focus on starting my next career which I will do for the next 30 or 40 years.

Along with his managerial duties, Simpson is still hard at work with his company Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) – a platform that helps current and former sports professionals find a career after their journey comes to an end.

“We offer career guidance, CV writing, interview techniques. We also scour the country and find what careers sports people go into when they retire.

“We do video interviews with them on how they made the transition, what their career is like now, what they have taken from their sporting career into it. We hope that gives inspiration to our current members.”

Simpson added, “It’s members-only, but membership is free and we also have career opportunities via our job board.”


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