1 October 2008

Sam Russell

Name: Samuel R. Russell
Born: 2 January 1900, Downpatrick
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Position: Right-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1929-1931); League of Ireland: 2 Caps (1925-1926).
Club Honours: (with Shelbourne) League of Ireland Champion 1925/26; (with Bradford City) Division Three (North) Champion 1928/29.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Royal  Irish Fusiliers
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Old Park Corinthians
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Distillery
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Newcastle Utd
20/21-24/25
Aug-20
£200
28/0
3/0
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Shelbourne
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May-25
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Bradford City
26/27-29/30
Dec-26
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134/1
11/0
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Derry City
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Jun-31
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Newry Town
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Oct-32
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TOTALS
£200
162/1
14/0
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Biography:
A stylish full-back, Sam Russell earned Distillery a £200 fee when he transferred to Newcastle United in 1920, a route taken by Bill McCracken sixteen years previously. Unfortunately his five years at St James’ Park were ravaged by injury so he never really established himself in the first eleven. He did play three matches in Newcastle’s run to a 1924 FA Cup success, though he missed the final portion of the season.

In 1925 Russell returned to Ireland to join Shelbourne. While with the Shels he claimed a Free State League title and inter-league honours. Still effectively a Newcastle player, in 1926 Russell joined Bradford City where he established himself as a regular at right-back. While the Bantams suffered relegation from Division Two in 1927 he was an ever-present as they bounced back as Division Three (North) Champions in 1929.

It was while with Bradford City that Russell earned his first Full international recognition, featuring in defeats by England and Scotland in the 1929/30 Home Nations Championship. It was after joining the fledgling Derry City that Russell won his third and final cap, thus, along with Jimmy Kelly, becoming the first Derry player to gain Full international recognition.

Ireland Cap Details:
19-10-1929 England. A L 0-3 BC
22-02-1930 Scotland A L 1-3 BC
17-10-1931 England. H L 2-6 BC

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.


Additional club career details courtesy of Martin O'Connor.

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