Sam Wynne

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Sam Wynne
Personal information
Full name Samuel Wynne
Date of birth (1897-04-26)26 April 1897
Place of birth Neston, England
Date of death 30 April 1927(1927-04-30) (aged 30)
Place of death Sheffield, England
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1926 Oldham Athletic 145 (9)
1926–1927 Bury 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Samuel Wynne (26 April 1897 – 30 April 1927) was a footballer who died while playing in a Football League First Division match.


Wynne played as a right back and started his career in local-league football with Neston Colliery. He later had a spell with Welsh side Connah's Quay before joining Football League club Oldham Athletic at the start of the 1921–22 season. In 1923, Wynne became the first player to score two goals for both sides during Oldham's Football League First Division match against Manchester United.[1] Wynne stayed with Oldham for five seasons, making 145 league appearances in total, scoring nine goals. He signed for Bury in the summer of 1926 and played 18 league matches for the club before his death in April of the following year.[2]


On 30 April 1927, during Bury's Football League First Division match away to Sheffield United, Wynne collapsed while placing the ball for a free kick after the Sheffield forward Harry Johnson had been adjudged offside. He was stretchered from the field of play and pronounced dead; the cause of death was determined to be a cerebral haemorrhage.[3] The match, which Sheffield had led 1–0 through an own goal from Bury's Jimmy Porter, was subsequently abandoned.[4]


  1. ^ "The own goal club". 29 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 290. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ "Tragic death of football player". Ottawa Citizen. April 30, 1927. p. 26. 
  4. ^ "Player falls dead". The Times (44570) (London). 2 May 1927. p. 7.