Tommy Sampy

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Tommy Sampy
Personal information
Full name Thomas Sampy[1]
Date of birth (1899-03-14)14 March 1899[1]
Place of birth Backworth, England[1]
Date of death 1978 (aged 78)[1]
Place of death Sheffield, England[1]
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Seaton Delaval
1919–1920 South Shields
1920 Chopwell Colliery
1920–1934 Sheffield United 340 (27)
1934–1936 Barnsley 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Sampy (14 March 1899 – 1978) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder. Born in Backworth, Tyne and Wear, he played for the majority of his career at Sheffield United, making nearly 400 appearances for the Blades.

Playing career[edit]

Sampy played his early football in his native Tyne and Wear in the north-east of England, turning out for Choppington, South Shields and Chopwell Colliery before being spotted by Sheffield United.[1] Turning professional and signing for the Blades in November 1920, Sampy was initially employed as an inside right, scoring on his debut against Blackburn Rovers in February 1921.[1] After playing regularly in that role for a number of seasons, Sampy was switched to right half in the autumn of 1925, where he played for the rest of his Blades career.[1]

Sampy was made club captain during the 1930–31 season but lost his place and the captaincy to Harry Gooney a year later.[1] Regaining his place in the first team during the 1932–33 season, Sampy remained a regular with United until 1934.[1]

After 14 seasons and 383 appearances for Sheffield United, Sampy was transferred to nearby rivals Barnsley in the summer of 1934, taking the role of player-coach.[1] His role was primarily focused on the coaching side however, and Sampy made only one league appearance for the Tykes.[1] In May 1936 Sampy accepted a coaching role at Sheffield Wednesday where he remained until the onset of World War II in 1938.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Backworth, Tyne and Wear, Thomas Sampy was the elder brother of Bill who also represented Sheffield United.[1] Sampy was an engineer by trade and returned to his profession during World War II, working as a production manager.[1] While playing Sampy had also owned a gentlemen's outfitters on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. pp. 280–281. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.