Samuel John Wadsworth (13 September 1896 – 1 September 1961) was an English professional footballer who played as a left back for Darwen, Blackburn Rovers, Nelson, Huddersfield Town, Burnley and Lytham. He won 9 England caps between April 1922 and October 1926 and was captain for his final four appearances. He later had a long career in management in the Netherlands.
|Full name||Samuel John Wadsworth|
|Date of birth||13 September 1896|
|Place of birth||Darwen, England|
|Date of death||1 September 1961 64)(aged|
|Place of death||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Wadsworth worked as a clerk. He lied about his age to enlist as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery and was wounded in action. His older brother Charles was killed in the war and "the atrocities left him physically and mentally scarred, suffering blackouts and grappling with post-traumatic stress". Wadsworth later ran a garage while a Blackburn Rovers player and the business later failed, which caused financial and health problems for his family. After his retirement from professional football in 1930, Wadsworth worked for the Lytham St. Annes Corporation's transport department.
- Football League First Division (3): 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26
- FA Cup (1): 1921–22
- FA Charity Shield (1): 1922
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