Sam Collins (English footballer)

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Sam Collins
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Collins playing for Hartlepool United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Samuel Jason Collins[1]
Date of birth (1977-06-05) 5 June 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Pontefract, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
1994–1997 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Huddersfield Town 37 (0)
1999–2002 Bury 82 (2)
2002–2006 Port Vale 135 (11)
2005–2006 Hull City (loan) 10 (0)
2006–2008 Hull City 13 (0)
2007 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2015 Hartlepool United 244 (6)
Total 525 (19)
Teams managed
2014 Hartlepool United (player-caretaker)
2014 Hartlepool United (player-caretaker)
2017 Hartlepool United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Samuel Jason Collins (born 5 June 1977) is an English football manager and former footballer who played as a defender. His brother, Simon, is also a former professional footballer and manager.

He started his career with Huddersfield Town in 1997, alongside his brother, before he transferred to Bury in 1999. After three years he moved on to Port Vale, where he established himself as club captain and star defender. His performances earned him a move up to Hull City in 2006, though a series of knee injuries blighted his time at the club. Loaned to Swindon Town for a brief spell in 2007, the following year he signed permanently with Hartlepool United. Spending most of his career in the third tier of English football, he has been described as a "warrior" and as "the quintessential lower-league centre-back".[2] He was appointed caretaker-manager of Hartlepool United in October 2014, and then again two months later.

Playing career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Born in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, Collins started his career at First Division club Huddersfield Town as a trainee. Brian Horton handed him his senior debut just as brother Simon, was leaving the club. He made 41 appearances in all competitions before leaving the club himself.

Bury[edit]

In 1999, he stepped down a division to join Bury, who paid the "Terriers" a £75,000 fee for his services. He played ninety games in all competitions for the "Shakers", including 82 in the Second Division, before being released at the end of the 2001–02 season, following the club's relegation into the Third Division.[3]

Port Vale[edit]

He signed for Port Vale in June 2002, in a move that reunited him with former manager Brian Horton.[4][5] Collins played 49 games for Port Vale and was named their Player Of The Year in the 2002–03 season, later becoming the team captain.[6][7] In September 2003 he was given the Second Division Player of the Month award.[8] At the end of the 2003–04 season he penned a new two-year deal,[9] having put in a 47-game haul. He played 37 games in 2004–05, helping the club to avoid relegation to League Two.

His continuing strong performances in 2005–06 attracted interest from Plymouth Argyle boss Tony Pulis.[10] However he rejected the approach,[11] and instead joined Peter Taylor's Hull City in November on loan from Vale, prior to a permanent transfer for a fee of £65,000 in the January transfer window.[12] Teammate Billy Paynter also made the switch to the "Tigers" at the same time.

Hull City[edit]

He captained Hull on several occasions, but after only seventeen league games for the "Tigers" he joined a lengthy list of teammates on the treatment table, suffering a knee ligament injury in a February game at Millwall, which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2005–06 season.[13] He also missed most of the following season through a further knee injury, making only eight appearances.[14] In September 2007, he joined Swindon Town on a one-month loan,[15] in which he made four appearances for the "Robins".

Hartlepool United[edit]

He joined Hartlepool United on transfer deadline day, 31 January 2008, for a nominal fee.[16] After only several weeks with the club he was sidelined by an injury sustained from an awkward fall.[17] This came just days after assistant boss Ian Butterworth praised Collins for "[adding] steel to the back four".[18]

"He's a calming influence, he's a leader and that's what we needed in that backline. You'll get that consistency from him, he doesn't complicate his game."

— Collins soon won praise from Hartlepool manager Danny Wilson.[19]

He was appointed captain at the start of his first full season with the club,[20] and made 48 appearances by the end of the campaign, earning himself a new contract at the end of the campaign.[21] His consistency continued in 2009–10, as he played a total of 48 games. After 49 appearances in the 2010–11 campaign, he signed a new contract with the club in May 2011.[22] Collins was hopeful that manager Mick Wadsworth could lead the club to the play-offs in 2011–12,[23] however they could only manage a 13th-place finish. He made 43 appearances in the 2012–13 campaign, as Hartlepool suffered relegation into League Two, and was retained for a further season.[24] Collins made 43 appearances during the 2013–14 campaign, and was praised by manager Colin Cooper for the positive influence he had on the rest of the team.[25]

Coaching career[edit]

Between 2003 and 2005 he helped coach Brackenhill Blues, an under-13 football club based at Ackworth. In the two years he was there, he helped Brackenhill gain promotion twice.

In October 2014, following the exit of manager Colin Cooper as manager of Hartlepool United, Collins was appointed as caretaker-manager.[26] He took charge of four games, overseeing one win and three losses, before Paul Murray was appointed as manager.[27] Murray was sacked after only 45 days in charge, and Collins again was appointed as caretaker-manager.[28] He continued in this capacity until Ronnie Moore was announced as manager in December, who then appointed Collins as his assistant.[29] He had further spells as caretaker manager when Moore was away because of a family illness, and after Craig Hignett's sacking in January 2017.[30][31][32]

Personal life[edit]

Collins married Claire in 1999 and the couple had four children. After finding that Collins had been having an affair, Claire posted derogatory messages on Collins' Twitter account, which were widely reported in the tabloids.[33]

Statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 1996–97[34] First Division 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
1997–98[35] First Division 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
1998–99[36] First Division 23 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 30 0
Total 37 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 47 0
Bury 1999–2000[37] Second Division 19 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
2000–01[38] Second Division 34 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 37 2
2001–02[39] Second Division 29 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 31 0
Total 82 2 2 0 5 0 1 0 90 2
Port Vale 2002–03[40] Second Division 44 5 1 0 1 0 3[a] 0 49 5
2003–04[41] League One 43 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 47 4
2004–05[42] League One 33 2 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 37 2
2005–06[43] League One 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Total 135 11 5 0 4 0 5 0 149 11
Swindon Town (loan) 2007–08[44] League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Hull City 2005–06[43] Championship 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2006–07[45] Championship 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2007–08[44] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 23 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
Hartlepool United 2007–08[44] League One 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
2008–09[46] League One 40 1 2 0 3 0 1[a] 0 46 1
2009–10[47] League One 44 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 48 0
2010–11[48] League One 42 2 3 0 2 0 2[a] 0 49 2
2011–12[49] League One 36 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 37 1
2012–13[50] League One 41 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 43 0
2013–14[51] League Two 24 0 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 27 0
2014–15[52] League Two 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Total 244 6 10 0 10 0 5 0 285 6
Career total 525 19 22 0 28 0 11 0 586 19
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.

As a manager[edit]

As of 16 December 2014[53]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Hartlepool United (caretaker) 4 October 2014 29 October 2014 4 1 0 3 25.0
Hartlepool United (caretaker) 9 December 2014 16 December 2014 1 0 0 1 00.0
Total 5 1 0 4 20.0

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  44. ^ a b c "Games played by Sam Collins in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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  49. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  51. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  52. ^ "Games played by Sam Collins in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  53. ^ Sam Collins management career statistics at Soccerbase
  54. ^ "It's a clean sweep as Super Sam is Top Man". port-vale.co.uk. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 

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