Samuel Downing

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Samuel Downing
Personal information
Date of birth 19 January 1883
Place of birth Willesden, England
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Willesden Town
Willesden Green
Park Royal
West Hampstead
1903-09 Queens Park Rangers 170 (13)
1909-14 Chelsea 134 (9)
1914-?? Croydon Common
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Samuel Downing (1883 - 1974), was an English association footballer who played for a number of teams including Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea.


Downing's career started at Willesden Town, but spent time at Willesden Green and Park Royal football clubs before being transferred to West Hampstead. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in 1903 where he scored a hat-trick on his debut against Swindon Town.[1]

He moved to Chelsea in April 1909, where he was part of the team that made it to the semi final of the 1910-11 FA Cup and was promoted to the Football League First Division in 1911-12 when they finished second in the Second Division.[1]

After retiring from professional football, he became a cricket coach.[1]


Queens Park Rangers
  • Southern League - 1909-10
  • Football League Second Division (runners-up) - 1911-12


  • Macey, Gordon (2009). Queens Park Rangers: The Complete Record. Derby, UK: Breedon. ISBN 9781859837146. 
  • "Sam Downing". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  1. ^ a b c Macey (2009): p. 216