Sam Small

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Sam Small
Personal information
Full name Samuel John Small
Date of birth (1912-05-15)15 May 1912
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 19 December 1993(1993-12-19) (aged 81)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bromsgrove Rovers
1934–1937 Birmingham 6 (0)
1937–1948 West Ham United 108 (39)
1948–1950 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sam Small (15 May 1912 – 19 December 1993) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward.

Born in Birmingham, Small started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers. He made six league appearances for Birmingham before signing for West Ham United in 1937. He scored the only goal in the Football League War Cup final against Blackburn Rovers in 1940.

After 116 league and cup appearances and 41 goals for the east London club, Small transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion in March 1948 and made 38 league appearances without return.

He died in Birmingham aged 81.


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