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Sam Wadsworth

Huddersfield Town AFC

9 appearances, 0 goals

P 9 W 2 D 3 L 4 F 17: A 16
39% successful

1922-26

disciplined: none
captaincies:
four
minutes played:
810

Profile

Full name Gunner Samuel John Wadsworth
Born 13 September 1896 in Darwen, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, Lancashire, September 1896].
Baptised 27 September 1896 at St. Cuthbert's Church in Darwen

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Samuel J. is the middle of three children to James and Clara Ellen (nee Briggs), although there are only two of the children mentioned. They live at 11 Hollins Row in Darwen. His father is a machine grinder in the papermill.

According to the 1911 census, Samuel John, an office boy with his father, is the second of five children, all here in 1911 with their parents still living at 11 Hollins Row. His father is a guillotine hand at the wallpaper factory.
According to Wadsworth's army attestaion, he was still living at 11 Hollins Row on 3 December 1914

Died 1 September 1961 in Eindhoven, aged 64 years 352 days [not registered in UK].
Height/Weight 5' 6", 9st. 6lbs [1914]. 5' 9", 11st. 7lbs [1922].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career in Darwen with St. Cuthberts FC. Joined Blackburn Rovers FC as an outside-left amateur in 1914. After the war, where he served with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Nelson FC signed Wadsworth in May 1919, where he was repositioned as a centre-half. In March 1921, he was released for not being 'good enough'. Huddersfield Town AFC paid 1600 pounds for his transfer. After 281 league appeaarnces and four goals, the club captain moved to Burnley FC on 24 September 1929. After getting an injury in his third match, he missed the rest of the season and so he was placed on the open-to-transfer list in May 1930, and again in November 1930. Lytham FC on 21 December 1931, stepping up to the captaincy in the new year. Retired because of injury.
Club honours Football League Champions 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, runners-up 1926-27, 1927-28; FA Cup runners-up 1919-20, 1927-28, winners 1921-22; FA Charity Shield winners 1922;
Individual honours Football League (six appearances); FA Charity Shield winners with Professionals 1923, 1924;
Distinctions None

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) On 5 May 1934, Wadsworth was appointed as the trainer at Netherlands' club Delft. The next season, he was placed in charge of Philips Sport Vereniging NV until 1938, when he was appointed in charge of Door Wilskracht Sterk. In July 1939, Wadsworth was one of the applicants for the vacant Crystal Palace FC managerial position. He remained in charge of DWS until the outbreak of war in 1940. On the resumption of football, Wadsworth was reappointed at PSV until 1951. Roles at Brabantia and BVC followed until 1957.

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 431st players (431) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 129, 8 April 1922, England 0 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, aged 25 years 207 days.
Last match No. 151, 20 October 1926, England 3 Ireland 3, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Liverpool, aged 30 years 37 days. Captain
Major tournaments British Championships 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1926-27;
Team honours British Championship shared 1926-27;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

"SUSPENSION OF SAM WADSWORTH
"S. Wadsworth, the Huddersfield Town and England full back, has been suspended by his club for an indefinate period.
"For some weeks there has been a regrettable breach between the club and the player on account of the attitude which Wadsworth took up some weeks ago when he was placed in the second team following an injury. An injury to Goodall then led to Wadsworth being chosen for the right back position for the match against Bolton Wanderers on October 15. Wadsworth evidently believed that he should have been restored to his old position at left back, where Barkas was playing well, and he did not turn out. He has not played since.
"An article under Wadsworth's name appeared about this time in a Sunday paper disparaging the class of football played in the Central League, which brought a letter of strong condemnation from the hon. secretary of the League, Mr. W. C. Cuff, of Liverpool. Wadsworth wrote that Central League football was an 'insult to any player's past or present reputation,' and in reply Mr. Cuff drew attention to the fact that Wadsworth was actually a member of a Central League team - Nelson - when he was transferred to Huddersfield.
"It is believed that as a result of this article the Huddersfield Town directorate have had to exert their authority and take the extrem step, and it is understood that the suspension will remain operative until Wadsworth apologises to the Central League and to the Central League players of his club."
- Monday, 7 November 1927, The Yorkshire Evening Post.
"Sam Wadsworth has made amends to the Central League and it is presumed his suspension - one of sine die - will now be removed. In his weekly article in the 'Sunday Chronicle,' he says he has never had any bad feeling against the League or the players who take part in it. 'Like any player who has been prominent in football for many seasons. I would naturally sooner play in the first team, but I am not against being in the Central League team,' he says." - Monday, 14 November 1927, The Daily Mail.
"Sam Wadsworth has decided to write to the Central League authorities and to the Huddersfield Town club apolgising for cetain statements he made in regard to Central League football" - Wednesday, 16 November 1927, (Burnley) Express and Advertiser

England Tragedy

"A fire occurred on Saturday night at a petrol pump at the garage of Mr. Sam Wadsworth, the well-known Huddersfield Town footballer, who is in business as a motor engineer. The fire brigade was summoned, and put out the flames with foam extinguishers." - Monday, 9 April 1928, The Yorkshire Evening Post
"FOOTBALLER IN A MOTOR SMASH

"Mr. Sam Wadsworth, the Huddersfield Town international footballer, and two other Huddersfield men - James Fielding, landlord of the Marsh House Inn, and a Mr. Chadwick, of St. James's Road - were injured in a Leeds motor accident last night.
"They were all admitted to the Leeds General Infirmary suffering from councussion and scalp wounds. Fielding having, in addition, a severed artery in the arm.
"The three men and two golden setter dogs were travelling in a Morris van along West Street in the direction of the city at about eight o'clcok. It is not certain who was driving, as none of them were able to talk about the accident. Halfway along, West Street takes an acute double bend, with which the driver may or may not have been familiar. He appears, however, for some reason to have been unable tonegotiate the first sharp bend, near Lisbon Street, and ran over to the off-side of the road and crashed into a tramway standard. The car, fortunately, did not overturn, but it was literally smashed to pieces, the body being completely torn from the chassis, while one wheel was forced off the axle.
"{eople in the vicinity rushed to the spot and extricated the three men, who were bleeding and unconscious. The drivers of two passing motor-cycle combinations took Wadsworth and Chapman in their side-cars to the Infirmary, and Fielding was taken their by police ambulance.
"The road was dry at the time, but wheel marks of the car near to the tramway standard point to the application of the brakes just before the crash. The two dogs were frightened by their unpleasant experience and made off, but were afterwards recovered by the police.
"When the Fire Brigade lorry arrived to remove the debris most of the body of the car was in small pieces, easily thrown in by one man. The chassis was towed along on three wheels.
"Mr. Wadsworth, who lives at Arnold Street, Birkby, Huddersfield, is a former captain of Huddersfield Town, and has often captained the England XI. He is engaged in the motor trade in Huddersfield, in addition to being a professional footballer."
- Wednesday, 4 July 1928, The Yorkshire Evening Post

Beyond England

Had wanted a a confectionary business in Huddersfield during his playing days, but ended up running a garage. After injury curtailed his playing career, he was employed in the Lytham St. Annes Corporation transport department, subsequently coached in the Netherlands. Returned home in May 1940 following the Nazi invasion. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.256.

 

Sam Wadsworth - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
11 9 8 810 0 0 min 0 four 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 Wadsworth - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 2 2 2 14 10 +4 1 0 2.333 1.667 50.0 =0
Away 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1 0 1.00 2.00 16.7 -2
All 9 2 3 4 17 16 +1 2 0 1.889 1.778 38.9 -2

 

Sam Wadsworth - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 8 1 3 4 11 15 -4 2 0 1.375 1.875 31.3 -3
Friendly 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 9 2 3 4 17 16 +1 2 0 1.889 1.778 38.9 -2

 

Sam Wadsworth - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1921-22 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
BC 1922-23 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1923-24 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1
BC 1924-25 2 1 0 1 3 3 =0 1 0 1.50 1.50 50.0 =0
BC 1925-26 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1926-27 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
BC All 8 1 3 4 11 15 -4 2 0 1.375 1.875 31.3 -3
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 8 1 3 4 11 15 -4 2 0 1.375 1.875 31.3 -3
All 8 1 3 4 11 15 -4 2 0 1.375 1.875 31.3 -3

 

Sam Wadsworth - Match History
 Club: Huddersfield Town A.F.C. - 9 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 9 full capsx

Age 25
1 129 8 April 1922 - England 0 Scotland 1, Villa Park, Birmingham BC HL Start lb
Age 26
2 132 19 March 1923 - England 6 Belgium 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start lb
3 133 14 April 1923 - Scotland 2 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start lb
Age 27
4 137 20 October 1923 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start lb
- 139 3 March 1924 - England 1 Wales 2, Ewood Park, Blackburn HL withdrew poorly
5 140 12 April 1924 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HD Start lb
Age 28
6 142 22 October 1924 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Captain lb
7 145 4 April 1925 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Captain lb
Age 29
- 147 24 October 1925 - Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast Fr AD withdrew injured
8 148 1 March 1926 - England 1 Wales 3, Selhurst Park, South Norwood BC HL Captain lb
Age 30
9 151 20 October 1926 - England 3 Ireland 3, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HD Captain lb

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