Bill Sampy

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Bill Sampy
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Albert Sampy [1]
Date of birth(1901-01-22)22 January 1901 [1]
Place of birth Backworth, England [1]
Date of death 1973 (aged 72) [1]
Place of death Coventry, England [1]
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m) [1]
Playing position(s) Right back
Senior career*
Chopwell Colliery
1921–1927 Sheffield United 34 (0)
1927–1930 Swansea Town 41 (0)
1930–1933 Waterford
1933–1934 Nelson
Teams managed
1931–1933 Waterford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Albert Sampy (22 January 1901 – 1973) was an English footballer who played as a right back.



Sampy was playing for local side Chopwell Colliery when he was signed by league side Sheffield United in May 1921. [1] United paid £250 for the services of Sampy and teammate Jimmy Waugh, but whereas Waugh went on to become a regular in the first team, Sampy was largely seen as a reserve and did not make his league debut until October 1924 in an away match against Bury. [1] Occasionally featuring in the league from that point on, Sampy did not get a consistent run in the side until the 1925–26 season. [1]

In March 1927 Sampy was signed by Swansea Town for £500 but spent much of his three seasons there in the reserves, making only 41 league appearances. [1] In the summer of 1930 Sampy was granted a free transfer and joined Waterford in Ireland, initially as a player and then as player-manager from 1931. [1] Returning to England, Sampy then joined non-league Nelson with whom he spent one season. [1]

Personal life

Born in Backworth, Northumberland, Bill Sampy was the younger brother of fellow Sheffield United player Tommy Sampy, although the two only played together on very rare occasions. [1]

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