Sammy Chapman

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This article is about the Northern Irish footballer. For the Nottingham Forest footballer, see Bob Chapman.
Sammy Chapman
Personal information
Full name Samuel Edward Campbell Chapman
Date of birth (1938-02-16) 16 February 1938 (age 79)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Playing position Wing Half
Youth career
0000–1953 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1955 Glentoran ? (5)
1955–1956 Glenavon ? (7)
1956 Shamrock Rovers 0 (0)
1956–1958 Mansfield Town 50 (25)
1958–1961 Portsmouth 48 (10)
1961 Benoni United (loan)
1961–1964 Mansfield Town 105 (15)
1965–1966 East Rand United 13 (1)
National team
1957 Northern Ireland B 1 (1)
Teams managed
1985–1986 Wolves
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Samuel Edward Campbell "Sammy" Chapman (born 16 February 1938 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager.


Chapman joined Shamrock Rovers in July 1956 from Glenavon F.C..[1]

In October 1956 he moved to Mansfield Town without having played a game for the Hoops.[2] He moved to Portsmouth in February 1958. He re-joined Mansfield Town in December 1961.[3] Having last played professionally in 1963, Chapman was banned from football following a bribes scandal two years later.[4]

The ban signalled the end of Chapman's playing career, although he played a few games for South African club East Rand United. (The ban was ignored by the Apartheid-era South African federation which had been suspended by FIFA.) He eventually returned to the game as a coach with Portsmouth and then Crewe Alexandra. He then served Wolverhampton Wanderers as chief scout, becoming interim manager following the dismissal of Tommy Docherty on 4 July 1985 after a second successive relegation saw Wolves fall into the Third Division. He remained in charge of the first team until Bill McGarry (previously manager of Wolves from 1968 to 1976) returned to manage the club on 4 September 1985.[5] However, McGarry's return as manager lasted just 61 days and he quit on 4 November and Chapman was restored to the manager's seat. However, he was unable to prevent Wolves from suffering a third successive relegation which dragged them into the Fourth Division for the first time in their history. He left on 15 August 1986, just before the start of the 1985-86 season.[6]

Chapman was a member of Northern Ireland's 1958 FIFA World Cup squad (though not one of the 17 players that travelled).


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  3. ^ Hugman, Barry J. The PFA Premier & Football League Player's Records 1946-2005. p. 116. 
  4. ^ "SAMMY CHAPMAN". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
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