Sam Wadsworth

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.[3] He later had a long career in management in the Netherlands.[3]

Sam Wadsworth
Personal information
Full name Samuel John Wadsworth[1]
Date of birth 13 September 1896
Place of birth Darwen, England
Date of death 1 September 1961(1961-09-01) (aged 64)[2]
Place of death Eindhoven, Netherlands
Playing position Left back
Youth career
0000–1912 St Cuthbert's
1912–1914 Darwen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1919 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1920–1921 Nelson
1921–1929 Huddersfield Town 281 (4)
1929–1930 Burnley 7 (0)
National team
1922–1926 England 9 (0)
Teams managed
1934–1935 Delft
1935–1938 PSV
1938–1940 DWS
1945–1951 PSV
1951–1955 Brabantia
1956 BVC Amsterdam
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Personal life

Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Wadsworth worked as a clerk.[3] He lied about his age to enlist as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery and was wounded in action.[4][5] 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".[4] Wadsworth later ran a garage while a Blackburn Rovers player and the business later failed,[2] which caused financial and health problems for his family.[6] After his retirement from professional football in 1930, Wadsworth worked for the Lytham St. Annes Corporation's transport department.[2]


Huddersfield Town



  1. Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 297. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. "England Players – Sam Wadsworth". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. "Sam Wadsworth – Post-War Rejection to England Hero". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. Phillips, Owen; Aloia, Andrew. "The Last Pass". BBC News. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. "Samuel John Wadsworth | Service Record | Football and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. BBC. "Sam Wadsworth". Retrieved 13 November 2018.

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