Sampson Hosking

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Sampson Hosking
Sampson Hosking 1914.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sampson Hosking
Nickname(s) Shine
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 [1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1907–21, 1927, 1936 Port Adelaide 163 (41)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1911–1912, 1919–1920 South Australia 9
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
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)
Total 363 (?-?-?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1936.
Career highlights




Sampson 'Shine' Hosking was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached Port Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian Football League (SAFL).

Football career[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.


Sampson "Shine" Hosking was one of the 113 inaugural inductees into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]


  1. ^ "Three Years' Football Under False Name". The News. 47, (7,171). South Australia. 27 July 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 15 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Atkinson, p. 61.
  3. ^ SA Football HoF - Sampson (Shine) Hosking


  • 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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