Name: Samuel Edward Campbell Chapman
Born: 16 February 1938, Belfast
Height: 5.10 ft
Weight: 11.07 st
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 B Cap (1957).
Club Honours: (with Mansfield) Football League Division Four Fourth (promoted) 1962/63.
Club.......... --Seasons-- Signed League FACup LgeCup
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........ ........... ...... 216/51 14/ 2 10/ 1
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from other clubs) for his part in a match-fixing syndicate and banned from football for life, though the ban was later rescinded.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.