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Sam Weaver

Newcastle United FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 5: A 2
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Samuel Weaver
Born 8 February 1909 at 13 Elm Cottages in Pilsley, Derbyshire [registered in Chesterfield, March 1909].
Baptism 11 April 1909 at St. Mary's Church in Pilsley

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, Samuel is the youngest of ten children (seven here) to Eli and Martha. His father is a banksman in Pilsley colliery. They live at 13 Elm Cottages in Pilsley.

According to the 1939 register, Samuel, a professional footballer, is married to Norah and living at 50 Clauson Avenue in Ealing. He is also a member of the war reserve.
Married to Norah Louise Lyons, at St. Mary's Church in Pilsley on 11 July 1936 [registered in Chesterfield, September 1936]. (b.1 June 1915).
"The Rev. H. W. Schofield (Vicar) officiated at the marriage. The bride was attired in a two-piece blue suit, and carried pink carnations. She was attended by Miss Lydia Weaver (sister of the bridegroom), and Mr. James Whilde, of Pilsley, was best man. In accordance with an old custom, the bridegroom had to pay 'toll' at the Church gates before villagers would permit him and his bride to pass through after the ceremony." - Friday, 17 July 1936, The Derbyshire Times.
Died 15 April 1985 in Basford, aged 76 years 66 days [registered in Basford, June 1985].
After his cremation, his ashes were scattered on the Field Mill Ground in Mansfield.
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 11st. 10lbs [1929]. 5' 10", 11st. 5lbs [1932].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career playing with Pilsley Red Rose FC. He had an unsuccessful trial with Sutton Junction FC, but did, however, join Sutton Town FC of the Central Alliance in 1926. Hull City AFC paid £50 for Weaver on 3 April 1928. Following five goals in fifty Second Division appearances, Newcastle United FC then paid £2500 for Sam on 25 November 1929, a record for a youngster. He made 204 league appearances, scoring 43 goals, for the Tyneside club. In the early hours of 10 August 1936, Chelsea FC paid a £4166 transfer fee for his signature (transfers were not allowed on a Sunday). He had made 116 league appearances and four goals before the outbreak of war. During which he represented The Police in May 1942, and then guested for Derby County FC from October 1942 until March 1943, then Leeds United AFC for the 1944-45 season, making 27 league appearances. He turned down North Shields FC, and then guested for Wrexham AFC in August and September 1945, and Stockport County FC the following month. After County's match with Chester FC on 8 December 1945, he was immediately signed, making just two league appearances when the League programme resumed, before he retired at the end of the 1946-47 season to take up a position at Leeds United AFC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1931-32; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1932; Cheshire Senior Cup winners 1946-47;
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions Famous for his extraordinary long throw-ins, long before it came to the fashion to do so.
Also played cricket with Pilsley CC, and Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society CC. He also had trials with Derbyshire CCC, and played twice for Somerset in 1939.


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

Management Career

Club(s) On 30 October 1945, Weaver broke off negotiations to become the player-manager at North Shields FC. After being strongly tipped to become the player-coach at Bangor City FC in July 1947, he instead, was invited to return to Leeds United AFC as assistant coach to Willis Edwards, taking up an equivalent position at Millwall FC on 28 June 1949, and remained at The Den until 6 January 1954. He returned to football on 28 September 1955, Weaver became the coach at Mansfield Town FC, until 19 June 1958, when he was appointed as Town's manager until his resignation on 20 January 1960, when his team were bottom of Division Three. Raich Carter was appointed as his successor and Weaver was appointed as his physiotherapist and the Chief Scout. On 8 November 1971, Weaver was again appointed the team manager, in a caretaker capacity, following the sacking of Jock Basford. Again, The Stags were bottom of Division Three. However, Danny Williams was appointed on 11 November.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 568th players (571) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 181, 9 April 1932, England 3 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 23 years 61 days.
Last match No. 185, 1 April 1933, Scotland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 24 years 53 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1931-32, 1932-33;
Team honours British Championship winners 1931-32;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Died four days after Jackie Bestall and six days after Ernie Taylor.

England Tragedy

"Returning from a Derbyshire League cricket match on Saturday, at Clown, where he had been playing for Pilsley, Sam Weaver, the Hull City half-back, was involved in a motor accident at Glapwell. The car Weaver was driving came into collision with another, driven by Mr. J. H. Hickling, the manager of Mansfield Town F.C., but although both cars were considerably damaged, none of the occupants was injured." - Monday, 17 June 1929, The Nottingham Evening Post.
"Sam Weaver is in hospital suffering from chest and back burns received when removing an incendiary bomb from his home." - Friday, 29 November 1940, Newcastle Journal and North Mail
"Sam Weaver, who was recently injured in trying to extinguish an incendiary bomb which fell on his house, is fit again. He may play for Chelsea against Brentford in a London Cup match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday." - Thursday, 23 January 1941, Birmingham Gazette

Beyond England

In his time out of football, in 1954-55, Weaver left Millwall FC to be employed by a manufacturing firm in Bromley, Kent, in charge of athletics and the sports ground. Was a masseur to Derbyshire CCC for a time from January 1956, following his resignation from Mansfield Town FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.263.


Sam Weaver - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
4 3 3 270 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Sam Weaver - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
Away 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All - British Championship 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 0 2 1.667 0.667 66.7 +1


Sam Weaver - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1931-32 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1932-33 2 1 0 1 2 2 =0 0 1 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 0 2 1.667 0.667 66.7 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 0 2 1.667 0.667 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 0 2 1.667 0.667 66.7 +1


Sam Weaver - Match History

 Club: Newcastle United F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 23
1 181 9 April 1932 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start lh
2 182 17 October 1932 - England 1 Ireland 0, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool BC HW Start lh

Age 24
3 185 1 April 1933 - Scotland 2 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start lh
190 6 December 1933 - England 4 France 1, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW reserve

Age 25
192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL withdrawn injured
193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 4 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL