Sam Brittleton

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Sam Brittleton
Personal information
Full name Samuel Brittleton
Date of birth (1885-06-17)17 June 1885
Place of birth Wharton, Cheshire, England
Date of death 4 October 1951(1951-10-04) (aged 66)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside-forward
Youth career
Winsford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905–1908 Stockport County 0 (0)
1908 Preston North End 0 (0)
1908–1909 Chorley
1909–1910 Southampton 17 (3)
1912–1913 Chorley
1913–1914 Accrington Stanley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Samuel "Sam" Brittleton (17 June 1885 – 4 October 1951)[1] was an English footballer who played at inside-left for various clubs in the 1900s. He was the brother of England international Tom Brittleton.

Football career[edit]

Brittleton was born at Winsford, Cheshire and started his professional career at Stockport County in August 1905, a few months after his brother had left County to join Sheffield Wednesday. After three years with Stockport County, without breaking into the first team, he moved to Preston in February 1908 followed by a further move in the summer of 1908 to join Chorley of the Lancashire Combination.[2]

At Chorley, Brittleton began to establish a reputation as a useful inside-forward and attracted the attention of several Football League clubs. In the summer of 1909, he had agreed to join Manchester City, who had just been relegated from the Football League First Division with the two clubs arguing over the size of the transfer fee. Before a deal could be completed, he was signed by Southampton of the Southern League.[2]

He made his debut for the "Saints" in a 1–1 draw at Queens Park Rangers on 25 September 1909, when he replaced Frank Jordan at inside-left. Described as "sometimes brilliant, sometimes hopeless",[2] Brittleton lost his place in the side after a run of nine matches, with Bob Carter replacing him. In March, after an injury to John Bainbridge, Carter moved to outside-right with Brittleton being recalled at inside-left. He marked his recall by scoring in a 1–1 draw at West Ham followed by another goal a week later against Portsmouth.[3]

In the summer of 1909, Brittleton decide to return to North West England although Southampton retained his registration. He was released a year later and rejoined his former club, Chorley before spending a year at Accrington Stanley.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 46. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 46–47. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.