Samuel Day (sportsman)

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Sammy Day
Personal information
Full name Samuel Hulme Day
Born (1878-12-29)29 December 1878
Peckham Rye, London
Died 21 February 1950(1950-02-21) (aged 71)
Chobham, Surrey
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
Relations Sydney Day (brother)
Arthur Day (brother)
Anthony Day (son)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1897–1919 Kent
1899-1902 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First class
Matches 171
Runs scored 7,722
Batting average 29.70
100s/50s 7/48
Top score 152*
Balls bowled 397
Wickets 8
Bowling average 39.62
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/46
Catches/stumpings 58/–
Source: CricInfo, 7 April 2016
Queens' College Cambridge Football Team 1900-1901.jpg
Day (centre) captained the Queens' College football team 1901–1902 whilst at Cambridge
Personal information
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Old Malvernians
1898–1914 Corinthians 108 (117)
National team
1906 England 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Samuel Hulme Day (29 December 1878 – 21 February 1950), known as Sammy Day, was an amateur sportsman who played first-class cricket for Kent County Cricket Club and association football for Corinthian F.C.. He made three international appearances for the England football team as an inside forward.

Early life[edit]

Day was born in Peckham Rye in Southwark, the son of Sydney and Evelyn Day. His father was a wine merchant.[1] Day attended Shirley House School in Blackheath and Malvern College before going up to Queens' College, Cambridge.[1][2] He was the older brother of Sydney and Arthur Day, both of whom also played first-class cricket for Kent.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Day was captain of the Malvern College cricket team in 1897 and 1898. He made his first-class cricket debut for Kent County Cricket Club whilst still at school, scoring a century in his first match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, an achievement his Wisden obituary describes as "a unique feat".[3] He continued playing for Kent whilst at Cambridge University where he attended Queens' College, graduating in 1902.[2]

Day played 32 times for Cambridge University, captaining the side in 1901.[3] He played in four Varsity matches, scoring 117 not out in 1902, and was awarded his cricket Blue in his first year.[3] He scored a total of 1,631 runs for the university, hitting two centuries.[4]

Described as a "stylish batsman",[3] especially on the off-side, Day played 128 times for Kent between 1897 and 1919, scoring 5,893 runs.[4] He played regularly for the side in most seasons until the start of the First World War, although he made just one appearance for the county in Kent's first County Championship winning season of 1906 and again in 1910 and not at all in the 1913 Championship winning season.[5][6] He scored more than 1,000 runs in 1899 and 1901 and averaged 31.34 runs per innings for the county.[4][6] He played one first-class match in 1919, appearing in the 1919 County Championship against Hampshire County Cricket Club at Dean Park.[5]

Football career[edit]

Day was an inside forward and played once for Cambridge University in 1901, although he also captained the Queens' College side.[3] He went on to play amateur football for Old Malvernians and made 108 appearances for Corinthians between 1898 and 1914, scoring 117 goals for the side.[7] Day scored 68 of his goals on tour for Corinthians, including nine goals against All New York and seven against Cincinnati on the Corinthian 1906 tour of Canada and the United States.[7]

He was described as an "excellent inside-forward"[3] and was selected to play for England in the 1905–06 British Home Championship. He made three appearances for England, all in 1906, scoring two goals.[8] He also made six appearances for the England amateur team which was established in 1906.[7] Day played in the side's first match against France at Parc des Princes in Paris in November 1906, scoring twice.[9]

Later life[edit]

Day became a school teacher after leaving university. He was an assistant master at Westminster School between 1903 and 1913 before moving to be the headmaster of Heatherdown preparatory school in Berkshire.[2][7] His son, Anthony, was a teacher at Charterhouse School, coaching the school cricket team. He played once for Cambridge University in 1953.[10]

Day died at Chobham in Surrey in 1950 aged 71.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Lewis P (2014) For Kent and Country, pp.143–144. Brighton: Reveille Press.
  2. ^ a b c Venn J, Venn JA (1954) Alumni cantabrigienses; a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900 vol.2, pt.2, p.260. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Available online. Retrieved 2017-05-29.)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Day, Mr Samuel Hulme - Obituaries in 1950, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1951. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  4. ^ a b c First-class batting and fielding for each team by Sam Day, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  5. ^ a b First-class matches played by Sam Day, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  6. ^ a b First-class batting and fielding in each season by Sam Day, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  7. ^ a b c d Player profiles - Samuel Hulme Day, Corinthian Casuals F.C. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  8. ^ Samuel Hulme Day, Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  9. ^ The First England Amateur International Match, England's Amateurs, 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  10. ^ Anthony Day, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  11. ^ Sammy Day, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-05-29.

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