If you love cricket, you would surely know who Bob Simpson is! Bob Simpson, a former cricketer, is among the world’s most prominent and successful cricketers; by 2013, Bob’s $1.9 billion net worth saw him feature on Forbes’ list of richest Americans at No.296: his autotown dealership for used cars makes a significant contribution to this net worth. According to his biography, not only has Bob played for Australia, New South Wales and Australia but he has also captained his national team at various intervals including 1963-64 and 1977-78. His experience in the sport earned him a position as the Australian team coach commonly known as Simmo or Bobby. Moreover, he is married to Juliet Bremmer, who is his second wife.
Simpson was born in a family of Scottish immigrants who hailed from Falkirk. As such, he spent a significant time of his childhood in the Marrickville suburb. Simpson’s family was fond of sports with his father having played for Stenhousemuir, despite being a printer. However, unlike his father who played soccer, Simpson’s brothers Jack and Bill played for a long time in Sydney Grade Cricket. Having drawn much inspiration from Jack and Bill, Simpson started his career as a young batsman and bowler who would take any position. While still at a tender age, he exhibited early leadership skills which saw him captain Tempe Intermediate High School after leaving Marrickville West Primary School.
Simpson’s early years are also marked with many involvements in various sporting activities including soccer playing, baseballing and golfing. In all these sporting activities, Simpson proved a tenacious and confident competitor, an aspect that steered him towards success. While at Marrickville Golf Course, he collected and resold lost balls and consequently, bought himself his first golf clubs set. Even as a young contender, Simpson was an unrelenting competitor. According to his personal remarks, he termed himself as a naturally ambitious person who never doubted his ability and potential to succeed. Moreover, his belief in his own talents was the power behind his enthusiasm.
Simpson has played both as a leg spin bowler (semi-regular) and a right-handed batsman. After being actively involved in cricket, Bob took a 10-year retirement period before coming back to the scene to captain Australia at age 41 – a time when World Series Cricket kicked off. In the fullness of time, he became the appointed Australian team coach and delivered on the promise of excellent coaching before Geoff Marsh came onto the scene in July 1996 to replace him as the team’s newly appointed coach.
During Bob’s tutelage, there was a significant revolution of the Australian team as it progressed from being a mere struggling team on a losing streak to the most competent and strongest team Australia has ever brought forth. Moreover, during Simpson’s time, the Australian team took home the 1987 World Cup as well as regaining The Ashes in 1989. Apparently, at this time, Simpson’s team had displaced the dominant West Indies to become the best of the best.
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