Sam Gilligan

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Sam Gilligan
Personal information
Full name Samuel Anderson Gilligan
Date of birth (1882-01-18)18 January 1882
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Date of death ""
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????–???? Belmont Athletic
1902–1903 Dundee 9 (3)
1903–1904 Celtic 13 (10)
1904–1910 Bristol City 188 (78)
1910–1913 Liverpool 41 (16)
1913–1915 Gillingham 65 (15)
????–???? Forfar Athletic
Total 316 (122)
Teams managed
1913–1915 Gillingham

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Samuel Anderson "Sam" Gilligan (born 18 January 1882,[1] date of death unknown) was a Scottish professional association football player in the years prior to the First World War. He made over 200 appearances in The Football League and a handful of appearances in the Scottish Football League.[2]


Born in Dundee, he began his career with Junior-level club Belmont Athletic before joining hometown club Dundee F.C.[1] In 1903 he moved to Celtic, where he spent a single season before moving to England to play for Bristol City.[1] He made 188 League appearances for the "Robins",[1] and played in the 1909 FA Cup Final,[3] before joining Liverpool in 1910. After three years with the Anfield-based club, he opted to join Gillingham of the Southern Football League as player-manager.[4]

In his first season in charge the "Gills" secured their best position in the league for three years.[4] Gilligan did not return to the club after the First World War and appears to have ended his career back in his native Scotland, where he played for Forfar Athletic.[1]


with Bristol City


  1. ^ a b c d e Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 - 1939. Tony Brown. p. 101. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ Emms, Steve; Richard Wells (2007). Scottish League Players' Records 1890-91 to 1938-39. SoccerData. ISBN 978-1-899468-66-9. 
  3. ^ Barnes, Stuart (2008). Nationwide Football Annual 2008–2009. SportsBooks Ltd. p. 136. ISBN 1-899807-72-1. 
  4. ^ a b Bradley, Andy; Roger Triggs (1994). Home of the Shouting Men: Complete History of Gillingham Football Club 1893–1993. Gillingham F.C. p. 57. ISBN 0-9523361-0-3. 

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