|Full name||Sampson Hosking|
|Date of birth||4 January 1888|
|Place of birth||Glanville, South Australia|
|Date of death||20 Oct 1974 (aged 86)|
|Place of death||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Semaphore Centrals|
|Height / weight||167 cm |
|1907–21, 1927, 1936||Port Adelaide||163 (41)|
|Representative team honours|
|1911–1912, 1919–1920||South Australia||9|
|1921||Port Adelaide||17 (13-3-1)|
|1922–1924||West Adelaide||44 (?-?-?)|
|1926||South Adelaide||14 (0-13-1)|
|1927–1931||Port Adelaide||96 (66-29-1)|
|1932–1934||West Torrens||54 (?-?-?)|
|1936–1938||Port Adelaide||59 (43-16-0)|
|1939–1940||West Torrens||37 (?-?-?)|
|1942–1944||Port/Torrens World War II||42 (31-11-0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1936.
Sampson started his league career in 1907 with Port Adelaide and by the time he retired in 1921 he had played 160 games (he later added three more as playing coach) and was a dual Magarey Medalist. He won his first award in 1910, and in 1915 was involved in a three way tie, but ultimately lost in a count back to Frank Barry. In 1998, the league awarded those who had lost in this fashion retrospective Medals and he thus joined club greats Bob Quinn and Russell Ebert as the only Port Adelaide players to win the award twice or more. During his playing career Sampson also represented South Australia at interstate football, appearing 10 times in total.
Despite having retired from playing after 1921, he played two matches in 1927, ans in 1936 he became the oldest SANFL player when at the age of 48 years and 186 days, he sat on the bench for one game against West Adelaide. This record for oldest player still stands in the SANFL and elite Australian rules Football as of 2017; given the nature of the modern game, this record is exceedingly unlikely to ever be broken.
After retiring from playing, Hosking turned his vast football experience to coaching. He coached West Adelaide to the 1922 SANFL Grand Final where The Bloods lost to Norwood 9.7 (61) to 2.16 (28) in front of 31,000 at the Adelaide Oval. In 1927 he became coach of Port Adelaide and guided the club to three premierships. He also coached West Torrens to a premiership in 1933 and the short lived merged Port Adelaide-West Torrens Football Club to a premiership during World War II.
- Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
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