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Sam Austin

Manchester City FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
50% successful

1925

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Sam William Austin
Born as Sam William Brown on 29 April 1900 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire [registered in Basford, June 1900].
Birth notes His census returns confirm the birthplace.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, William S. is a nine-month old baby. On the census, he is the youngest of six children, to his father George, who is a furnace stoker, and his mother (?), Sarah Ann Brown, who is the housekeeper. They live at Bond Street in Arnold.

According to the 1911 census, nine-year old Willie Astin is the youngest of four children to George and Sarah Ann (the housekeeper from the previous return). His father is a gasworker for the Nottingham City Council. They live at Redhill Lane, still in Arnold.
William Sam Austin was discharged from the army on 6 July 1942. 

Died 2 April 1979 in Kidderminster, aged 78 years 339 days [registered in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, June 1979].
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 10st. 10lbs. [1925]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Club Career

Club(s) Had a trial with Sheffield United FC while he played with his local side, Arnold United FC.  Also played with another local side Arnold St Mary's FC, before joining Norwich City FC in October 1920.  Joined Manchester City FC in May 1924 for £2000.  Signed for Chesterfield FC in December 1931 and then Kidderminster Harriers in 1933.  Ended his career with 358 league appearances and 83 goals.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1925-26; Football League Division Two winners 1927-28;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Austin took over in goal for Manchester City FC in their FA Cup tie against Leeds United FC, and kept a clean sheet, on 14 January 1928.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & The Mighty Leeds website.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 495th players (497) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
Only match No. 147, 25 October 1925, Ireland 0 England 0, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 25 years 178 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1925-26;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

no additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.16.

 

Sam Austin - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Sam Austin - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

 

Sam Austin - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1925-26 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

 

Sam Austin - Match History
 Club: Manchester City F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 147 24 October 1925 - Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start or

Notes

Sam Austin has long been an enigma. His birthdate of 29 April 1900 was only recorded on his death record. No birth registration could be found to acknowledge Austin's existence.

That was until, on a 1911 census, a certain Willie Astin was found.  He was nine years old, born in Arnold and was closest to fitting the bill.  His 51 year-old father, George, a gasworker, had been married to Southwell-born Sarah Ann, also 51, for ten years. They had four children, none had died, and Willie was the youngest.  The other three were, eighteen year-old Edwin, twenty-year old Bella and twenty-four year old George, whose name was scrawled out, because 'he was not living at home' at Redhill Lane, Arnold.

There is enough information to take us back to the 1901 census, and the headache begins... there, living on the corner of  Bond Street and Paradise Row, is George Austin, a furnace stoker.  With him is Southwell-born Sarah A., except she is the housekeeper, and is a Brown. Below her is the names of the children, eighteen year-old Robert, sixteen year-old Albert, George A., who is twelve. Feeble-mind Isabella A., eight years old. Six year-old Edwin and our very own William S. A., eleventh months old. And as the census was written in March 1901, that gives us the correct Sam Austin, except he's a Brown.  So knowing that, I can correctly confirm his birth as that being a Sam William Brown, registered in Basford (under which Arnold's jurisdiction falls) in the second quarter of 1900.

So we can now identify who Austin was and where he came from.... but why? oh why?, when I go back to 1891 census, are they all called Austin's again?  No Sarah Ann Brown's married a Brown in 1900/01, in fact, ever! This isn't a brick wall....it's a labyrinth. 

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CG