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Sam Widdowson
Nottingham Forest FC

1 appearance, 0 goal
0% successful
disciplined: none
captaincies: none
minutes played: 90

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"That splendid Herculean player..."
- JAH Cattan

Sam Widdowson Profile

Full name Sam Weller Widdowson [registered as 'Sam']
Popular name Sam Widdowson
Born 16 April 1851 in Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire;
Died 9 May 1927 in Beeston, age 76 years;
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st 7lbs [1880]

Club Career

Club(s) Played his Schoolboy and Junior football in Nottinghamshire, joined Nottingham Forest FC in 1878 until 1885, being Captain for several seasons; often turned out for Notts County FC. Chairman of Nottingham Forest 1879-84
Club honours None.
Individual honours Played three times for Nottinghamshire CCC 1878-79;
Distinctions Widdowson invented and patentee of the shinguards;
Referee in the first match that included nets between the goalposts;
Introduced the 2-3-5 system when playing for Forest;
Widdowson also had a hand in introducing the whistle;
Notes   Widdowson was the first footballer to use cut-down cricket pads strapped outside his socks as protection against �hacking� � the deliberate kicking of the shins.
  Widdowson is also credited with the implementation of the first organised player formation � two full-backs, three half-backs and five forwards. 
A formation initially introduced during the 1870s by Forest, enduring a life span right into the early 1960s.
  Widdowson's feedback helped ensure another standard of the modern game which was introduced in a game between Forest and Sheffield Norfolk.  The referees had used a flag system to signal before and after this point, it was in this game that the whistle was first used by the umpire. - allegedly.
  Widdowson also pioneered early floodlighting for night games by using gas lamps. This idea was dropped due to the gas running out, and fears for crowd safety, but when electricity was more readily available in 1909 he, now retired, returned to the City Ground to attempt electric lighting.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 70th players to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward;
Only match No. 10, 13 March 1880, Scotland 5 England 4, friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow. Aged 28 years 331 days;
Major tournaments None.
Team honours None.
Individual honours None.
Distinctions None.

Beyond England

A Lace Warehouseman, according to the 1881 census.  Twice served on the FA Committee, 1888-92 and 1893-94. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.2./FindMyPast.com


Sam Widdowson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Gls Avg
Capt. Disc.
1 1 90 0 0 min 0 None


Sam Widdowson - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4.00 5.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4.00 5.00 00.0 -1


Sam Widdowson - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Friendly 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4.00 5.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4.00 5.00 00.0 -1


Sam Widdowson - Match History
Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - 1 full cap
Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full cap
- pp 1 March 1879 - England vs. Scotland, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr pp due to Start
1 10


Scotland 5 England 4 Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow Fr AL Start n/a
- 38 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham   AW umpire


[Biographical sketch to come]