Sam Craven

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Sam Craven
Personal information
Full name Samuel Craven
Date of birth (1988-09-27) 27 September 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Youth career
Notts County
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Lynn Fighting Knights 47 (3)
2010 Buffalo Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Long Island Rough Riders 14 (1)
2011 FC New York 8 (0)
2012 Mansfield Town 0 (0)
2012 Boston United
2012 Hednesford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2011

Sam Craven (born 27 September 1988) is an English footballer who plays for as a Defender.


College and amateur[edit]

Craven attended The Becket School in his native Nottingham, and was part of the youth setup at storied English football league club Notts County where he made several first team appearances as a 17-year-old, before moving to the United States in 2007 after being offered a college soccer scholarship at Lynn University. He played three seasons at Lynn, scoring three goals with seven assists in 47 games, was a two-time all-conference selection, and helped the Fighting Knights to two conference titles.[1] He transferred to the University at Buffalo prior to his senior year in 2010.

During his college years he also played with the Long Island Rough Riders in the USL Premier Development League.[2]


Craven signed his first professional contract in 2011 when he was signed by FC New York of the USL Professional Division. He made his professional debut on 9 April 2011 in New York's first-ever game, a 3-0 loss to Orlando City.[3] On 31 January Craven signed for Mansfield Town.[4]


  1. ^ "Sam Craven at Buffalo". University at Buffalo. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". 9 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  4. ^ "News | Latest News | Latest News | Craven signs after successful trial". Mansfield Town. Retrieved 30 March 2012.

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