6 January 2008

Sammy Spencer

Name: Samuel Spencer
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Died:
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Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Full Caps (1890-1893); Irish League: 1 Full Cap (1894).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish Cup Winner 1888/89, Runner-Up 1887/88; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1888/89, 1892/93.

Club Career:

Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Others
Genoa
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Distillery
87/88-94/95
-1887
Amateur
*110/10
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#108/8
TOTALS
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£0
110/10
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108/8
* all competitive games; # friendly games.

Biography:
A graduate of Distillery's junior team, Genoa, Sammy Spencer proved a steady and consistent performer at centre-half. Indeed he was claimed to be "the best Irish centre-half" a fact borne out by his election for Ireland six times. He captained Ireland on one occasion, in a 1-1 draw with Wales in February 1892 - the only time the Irish avoided defeat with Spencer on the field.

Also honoured at inter-county and inter-league level, Spencer's best performances were perhaps reserved for Distillery. He scored a hattrick, the first Whites centre-half to do so, among the eighteen goals he hit for the club and, despite being renowned for his strong tackling, was an ever present for his club in 1890/91, 1892/93 and 1894/95. He played in two Irish Cup Finals, a 2-1 defeat by Cliftonville in 1888 and a 5-4 victory over YMCA the following year. He also played in three Co. Antrim Shield Finals (winning two) and three Charity Cup Finals (never finishing on the winning side).

Spencer retired from playing in 1895 to become a referee.

Ireland Cap Details:
15-03-1890 England. H L 1-9 BC
29-03-1890 Scotland H L 1-4 BC
27-02-1892 Wales... A D 1-1 BC
05-03-1892 England. H L 0-2 BC
18-03-1892 Scotland H L 2-3 BC
25-02-1893 England. A L 1-6 BC

Summary: 6/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 5.

Irish League Appearance Details:-

1 comment:

g spencer said...

i was delighited to know that my grandfather sammy spencer is a all time great footballer.thank you and this web site for its great information. g spencer

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