Sam Jenkins (footballer)

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Sam Jenkins
Personal information
Full name Samuel David Jenkins[1]
Date of birth (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Napier, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfield
Club information
Current team
Central United
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Napier City Rovers 57 (34)
2004–2008 Hawke's Bay United 61 (10)
2008 Western Suburbs FC 7 (9)
2008–2009 Team Wellington- 15 (0)
2010 Miramar Rangers 24 (17)
2011 Central United
National team
2006–2007 New Zealand U20 11 (7)
2008–present New Zealand U23 7 (0)
2006–2008 New Zealand A 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 November 2008

Samuel David Jenkins (born 17 February 1987) is a football player from New Zealand who currently plays for Team Wellington in the New Zealand Football Championship.

Club career[edit]

Jenkins started off his club career for Napier City Rovers in the year 2001. He progressed through the Junior ranks to the 1st team where he made 67 appearances scoring 34 goals from Midfield.

In 2004 aged 17 whilst still at School he signed for Napier in the inaugural 2004/05 New Zealand Football Championship. He has since made over 60 appearances for Hawkes Bay in the NZFC scoring 10 goals.

In 2007, he looked at attending college in the United States while playing for an NCAA team as a student-athlete. He took visits to Rutgers University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.[2] He ultimately committed to enroll at UC Santa Barbara and play soccer for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos alongside Michael Boxall, his New Zealand national under-20 football team teammate for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[3][4][5] He would ultimately renege on his commitment and in 2008 while based in Wellington training for the Olympics, he signed for Western Suburbs FC where he made 7 appearances scoring 9 goals.

Is currently unsigned.

International career[edit]

Jenkins has represented New Zealand at Under 20, Under 23 and A level. His first cap for the NZ Under 20s was against Australia in Sydney in May 2006 where he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win for New Zealand. He then scored a double two days later to help New Zealand to a 3-1 win over Australia and their first ever series win. He was third top goal scorer (4) at Oceania World Cup Qualifying tournament in January 2007 in Auckland where he helped New Zealand qualify for the 2007 Fifa Under 20 World Cup in Canada. He started all 3 matches in Canada against Portugal (0-2), Gambia (0-1) and Mexico (1-2) and was one of New Zealands stand out players.

In 2008, he was called into the New Zealand under 23 Olympic team for matches against Chile in Wellington which saw New Zealand gain their first ever win (1-0) against South American opposition on home soil. He was included in the New Zealand squad for the football tournament at the Summer Olympics in Beijing becoming New Zealand Olympian 1050.[6] He played in New Zealands 3 group matches against China (1-1), Brazil (0-5) and Belgium (0-1).

Also has won 3 caps for New Zealand A



Grew up in Napier, New Zealand with his family, Mum (Jude), his late father (Dave) and his younger sister Chloe. He attended Porrit Primary School, Tamatea Intermediate and Napier Boys High School where he excelled at both cricket (represented both Hawkes Bay and Central Districts while at School) and soccer.

Player history[edit]

  • Napier City Rovers 2000-2007
  • Hawkes Bay United 2004 – present
  • New Zealand U-20s 2006-2007
  • New Zealand U-23s 2008 – present
  • Team Wellington 2008-2009
  • Miramar Rangers 2010
  • Central United 2011-2012


  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 15. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Bidwell, Hamish (15 February 2007). "SOCCER: US universities vie for Jenkins' attention". Hawke's Bay Today. Hastings, New Zealand. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Paul (18 May 2007). "Champion UCSB adds pair of Kiwi U-20 stars". Soccer America. Oakland, California. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Paul (29 June 2007). "Fifteen collegians selected to play in Under-20 World Cup". Soccer America. Oakland, California. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Blue Devils land the top class". ESPN FC. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. ^

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