Irish Footballers that Played for Liverpool - Sam English
Sam English - Introduction
Sam English was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland on 18 August 1908. He was a bustling centre forward with a good eye for goal. Irishman English was playing in the Scottish league for Glasgow Rangers when he was involved in a tragic incident that led to the death of Glasgow Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson. Thomson's head collided with English's knee during an Old Firm derby on 5 September 1931. An artery in Thomson's temple ruptured and the Celtic keeper died hours later from the effects. English was cleared of any malicious intent.
In August 1933 Sam English signed for Liverpool for a transfer fee of £8,000. George Patterson was the manager at Anfield at the time.
Sam English & Liverpool
Sam English made his Liverpool debut on 26 August 1933 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Wolves won the match 3-2. English went on to make 31 appearances in that 1933/34 season, 28 in the League and three in the Cup.
Sam English scored his first goal for Liverpool against Stoke City in his next match for the club. On 30 August 1933 he scored after 66 minutes as the Reds drew 1-1 at Anfield Road. He scored 18 goals in the League and two goals in the FA Cup in his first season with Liverpool. This gave him a very impressive scoring ratio of 0.71 goals per game for the season.
Despite this English failed to command a full time position on the Liverpool team sheet in the following season. He did manage to make 19 starts however and scored six goals, the last of which came against Grimsby on 2 March 1935. Sam English played his last match for Liverpool on 27 April 1935 against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs thrashed Liverpool 5-1 at White Hart Lane. Despite having a scoring ratio of 0.52 goals per game Sam English was transferred to Queen of the South in Scotland in July 1935.
Sam English - Northern Ireland Career
Sam English made his debut for Northern Ireland on 12 September 1932 against Scotland in the British Home Championship. The Scots won 0-4 at Windsor Park in Belfast. His only other Irish cap came three months later in an away match against Wales. Once again English was on the wrong end of the result as the Irish lost 4-1 at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Sam English had the consolation of scoring the Irish goal, his only goal for his country, on the day.
Sam English - Liverpool & Ireland Statistics
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