Sam Winnall

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Sam Winnall
Personal information
Full name Samuel Thomas Winnall[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 09
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
2011 Burton Albion (loan) 19 (10)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 8 (2)
2012 Inverness CT (loan) 2 (0)
2012 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United 45 (23)
2014–2017 Barnsley 95 (40)
2017– Sheffield Wednesday 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:19, 7 May 2017 (UTC).

Samuel Thomas Winnall (born 19 January 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Championship team Sheffield Wednesday.


Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Winnall joined the youth ranks of Wolverhampton Wanderers as a teenager, before signing professional forms in May 2009. He recovered from a cruciate knee injury[2] to make his senior debut on 24 August 2010 in a League Cup victory over Southend United,[3] which was to be his only Wolves first team appearance.

In February 2011 he moved on a month's loan to League Two side Burton Albion,[4] later extended to the end of the season after a run of four goals in six appearances.[5]

The striker went out on loan again, joining League Two side Hereford United on a month's loan from 26 August.[6] After returning to Wolves at its conclusion, he moved on loan again in January 2012, to join Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the rest of the season.[7]

During pre-season for the 2012–13 season Winnall was given permission to undergo a trial with Preston North End but was not offered a contract.[8] Instead his next move was a loan at League One club Shrewsbury Town whom he joined in a one-month deal on 28 September 2012.[9]

At the end of the 2012–13 season his contract with Wolves expired and was not renewed, meaning the striker left the club having made only one first team appearance during his time at Molineux.[10]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Following a successful trial spell during pre-season, he subsequently signed for League Two club Scunthorpe United in a one-year deal,[11] scoring on his debut on 3 August 2013 against Mansfield Town.[12] He was both Scunthorpe's and League Two's leading scorer in 2013–2014, and was nominated for the latter's Player of the Year Award in March 2014.

Scunthorpe took up a one-year option on his contract in May 2014, extending his deal until 2015. At the same time, Winnall was offered a new contract which – according to Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann – was a "vast improvement" on his current deal. Swann said: "It's important that the fans know that we do rate him and that we want him to stay here."[13]


On 23 July 2014, Winnall signed for fellow League One club Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.[14] He scored his first goal for the club on 23 August in a 4–1 win at home to Gillingham.[15] On 8 November 2014, Winnall scored his first senior hat trick, in Barnsley's 5–0 FA cup first round win over Burton Albion.[16] On 28 January 2016, Barnsley rejected an offer for Winnall from Championship club Leeds United.[17]

Winnall remained at Barnsley and he played a big part in Barnsley's season, including beating Oxford United 3–2 to win the Football League Trophy on 3 April 2016.[18] On 14 May 2016, Winnall’s double helped keep Barnsley on course for a return trip to Wembley as a 3–0 first-leg win against Walsall gave them a big advantage in their League One play-off semi-finals.[19] Barnsley went on to beat Walsall 6–1 on aggregate, and then beat Millwall 3–1 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion to the Championship.[20] He scored 24 goals in all competition, with 23 of them league goals for Barnsley, and contributed 8 assists during the 2015–16 season and finished as the third highest goalscorer in League One behind Will Grigg and Nicky Ajose.[21]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 13 January 2017, Winnall signed for fellow Championship team Sheffield Wednesday.[22][23] He scored his first goal for Wednesday in a 3–0 win against Birmingham City on 10 February 2017.[24]




  1. ^ "Sam Winnall". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dour Wolves workout". 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wolverhampton 2–1 Southend". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wolves forward Sam Winnall joins Burton Albion on loan". BBC Sport. 10 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Burton Albion extend loan of Wolves' Sam Winnall". BBC Sport. 10 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bulls bring in Winnall". Sky Sports. 26 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Inverness land Wolves striker Sam Winnall on loan". BBC Sport. 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "PNE say play it again Sam". LEP Sport. 31 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury Town sign Lee Collins and Sam Winnall on loan". BBC Sport. 28 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "The next generation". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 18 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scunthorpe United: Sam Winnall signs one-year deal". BBC Sport. 29 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scunthorpe 2–0 Mansfield". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Sam Winnall: Scunthorpe United offer improved terms to striker – BBC Sport Online
  14. ^ "Barnsley sign striker Sam Winnall and goalkeeper Ross Turnbull – BBC Sport". 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Barnsley 4–1 Gillingham" BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Result: Barnsley 5 Burton Albion 0: Winnall hat-trick puts Reds in control of FA Cup tie as Hourihane and Cole also find target". The Star. 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  17. ^ Yorkshire Post (28 January 2016). "Barnsley reject bid from Leeds United for top scorer Sam Winnall". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Sport, Phil Cartwright BBC. "Johnstone's Paint Trophy final: Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  19. ^ "Sam Winnall at the double to give Barnsley first-leg lead over Walsall | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  20. ^ Wembley, Rob Stevens BBC Sport at. "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  21. ^ "League One Top Scorers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Club Statement: Barnsley Football Club agrees sale of Sam Winnall to Sheffield Wednesday". Barnsley Football Club, 0fficial Website. 13 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Winnall completes Wednesday move". Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "Sheff Wed 3–0 Birmingham". BBC. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  25. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  26. ^ Stevens, Rob (29 May 2016). "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 

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