Trevor had been a schoolboy sprint champion and county rugby player and was playing for Blackbrook ARL whilst sprinting with Sutton Harriers. He had been going to the Saints training at Jim Sullivans summer school for a few years but delayed signing on as he wished to continue his studies.
He played in the A team regularly and won the A team competition trophy. He was involved with a test case for the RL with the InlandRevenue ,along with Ken Large , which ruled that RL signing on fees were to be tax free as the fees were seen as compensation for relinquishing amateur status.
When the great Tom Van Vollenhoven arrived at Saints the wing competition was intense,Saints had a good number of fast,outstandingplayers on their books.
In 1959 he went to Manchester to study for the Teaching Profession and went on loan to Rochdale Hornets were Jim Sullivan was the Coach. Trevor became part of a player exchange which brought Bob Dagnall to the Saints. Whilst at Rochdale he gained rerpresentative honours for LancashireCounty, scoring a hat-trick playing alongside Eric Ashton,with half backs Murphy and Myler, and Karalius in the forwards.
Leeds, Huddersfield and Warrington became interested in Trvor but he signed for Oldham in 1962. He became top try scorer at Oldham and gained further County caps(12 in all) winning the County Championship and was in the Great Britain Shadow team. Trevor was involved in the 1964 Wembley semi-finals when Oldham had three replays with Hull K R .The second replay was abandoned for bad light in extra time when Oldham were winning. Hull KR won the next replay but were beaten at Wembley.
In Oct. 1964 Trevor broke his leg playing at Leigh . He hit the wall whilst scoring a try. Trevor recovered to play the following seasonand to play again for Lancashire County. Eventually, he retired in 1968 with kneeinjury problems.
Trevor Simms was a classic case of a former Saint leaving Knowsley Road and embarking upon a full and rewarding career in the game.
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