24 October 2007

Sammy Chapman

Name: Samuel Edward Campbell Chapman
Born: 16 February 1938, Belfast
Height: 5.10 ft
Weight: 11.07 st
Position: Wing-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 B Cap (1957).
Club Honours: (with Mansfield) Football League Division Four Fourth (promoted) 1962/63.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Manchester United
-
-
Youth
0/ 0
-
-
Glentoran
-
-
-
-
-
-
Glenavon
-
-
-
-
-
-
Shamrock Rovers
-
-
-
-
-
-
Mansfield Town
56/57-57/58
Oct-56
-
63/26
6/2
-
Portsmouth
57/58-61/62
Feb-58
-
48/10
3/0
7/1
Mansfield Town
61/62-63/64
Dec-61
-
105/15
5/0
3/0
Stafford Rangers
-
-
-
(Cheshire County League)
TOTALS
-
£-
-
-
-

Biography:
A contemporary of Norman Uprichard and Derek Dougan at Portsmouth, Sammy Chapman was a member of Northern Ireland's 1958 World Cup squad (though not one of the 17 that travelled) having played, and scored a penalty, in the B international with Romania the previous year. He never added full honours to his collection, but went on to skipper Mansfield Town to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1962/63.

Chapman's playing career was ended by a betting scandal at the end of the 1963/64 season when he was suspended by Mansfield. In January 1965 he was jailed (along with two teammates and seven players from other clubs) for his part in a match-fixing syndicate and banned from football for life, though the ban was later rescinded.

Later Chapman returned to football as a coach with Crewe, and was later Chief Scout at Wolves before being appointed caretaker-manager from August to September 1985, and taking the post permanently in November following a 61 day spell in charge by Bill McGarry. He was sacked at the end of that season as Wolves suffered a second successive relegation, and found themselves in the Fourth Division.

Later Chapman worked as Chief Scout then Youth Development Officer at Leicester City. His two sons both gave professional football a go. Campbell was an apprentice with Peterborough and played league football with Wolves and Crewe as well as in Finland, Sweden, Malta and the USA where he settled as a coach. Younger son, Cavan played a single game for Wolves against Cardiff in February 1985.

Northern Ireland 'B' Cap Details:
23-10-1957 Romania H W 6-0 FR 1 Goal

Summary: 1/1. Won 1, drew 0, Lost 0.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sammy also played for Manchester United youth team in 1953 and only returned to Belfast because of homesickness, i used to sit next to him at school and play alongside him in the school league where he would usually score at least 6 goals.

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