Sammy Troughton

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Sammy Troughton
Personal information
Full name Samuel Edward Troughton
Date of birth (1964-03-27) 27 March 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Glentoran 23 (0)
1983–1984 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 (2)
Arcadia Shepherds
1986 Crusaders 2 (1)
Jomo Cosmos
Orlando Pirates
1988–1990 Mamelodi Sundowns
1992–1993 Glentoran 31 (2)
National team
Northern Ireland Schools[1] 6
Northern Ireland Youth[2]
Teams managed
1994 Orlando Pirates
2005–2008 University of Pretoria
2008–2009 Mpumalanga Black Aces
2010–2011 Nathi Lions
2014–2016 University of Pretoria
2016 Vasco da Gama
2017 Free State Stars
2018 Witbank Spurs
2018 TS Sporting
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Samuel Edward Troughton (born 27 March 1964 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland) is a former Northern Irish footballer and now a coach.

Playing career[edit]


Troughton played for Glentoran[3] and Wolverhampton Wanderers[4] before coming to South Africa in 1985 to play for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns and then Orlando Pirates. He was popularly known as "Special Branch" during his playing days in South Africa. In 1986, he briefly played for Crusaders, playing two league games in two days against Linfield and Glentoran (scoring in the latter) in December 1986.[5]

Management career[edit]

After retiring from football, Troughton coached mainly lower league sides like Arcadia Shepherds, Pretoria University and Durban Stars. He also had a short stint as Orlando Pirates coach in 1994 and worked as an assistant coach for Free State Stars.

Troughton was retained as University of Pretoria manager for the start of the 2015–16 season.[6] In March 2016, he took charge of Vasco da Gama for the rest of the season.[7] On the 8 October 2018, Sammy signed a two-year deal as the Head Coach of Witbank Spurs [8], but barely two weeks after the joining the club he left for Mpumalanga rivals TS Sporting [9].


  1. ^ NISFA U15 & U16 International Players
  2. ^ NIFG Northern Ireland Under-18/19 Line-Ups 1981-2001
  3. ^ Roy France (2001) Glentoran A Complete Record
  4. ^ WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : 1946/47 - 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  5. ^ Crusaders Official Programme Vol. 3, No. 22, 14 April 1987
  6. ^ "Sammy Troughton to stay on as AmaTuks head coach". 19 May 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Vasco da Gama appoint Sammy Troughton as coach". Kick Off. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  8. ^ "Siyavutha Complete Signing Of New Coach". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Coach Sammy Troughton trades Witbank Spurs for TS Sporting". 2 November 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.