Sammy Chapman

Sammy Chapman Bio: He was a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager.

Sammy Chapman Bio

He was born on 16 February 1938 and died on 26 Jully 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom. Sammy has died at the age of 81 years.

Chapman joined Shamrock Rovers in July 1956 from Glenavon F.C.

then he moved to Mansfield Town without having played a game for the Hoops. He moved to Portsmouth in February 1958.

He re-joined Mansfield Town in December 1961. Having last played professionally in 1963, Chapman was banned from football following a bribes scandal two years later.

The ban signaled the end of Chapman’s playing career, although he played a few games for South African club East Rand United. (The ban was ignored by the Apartheid-era South African federation which had been suspended by FIFA.)

Sammy eventually returned to the game as a coach with Portsmouth and then Crewe Alexandra. He then served Wolverhampton Wanderers as chief scout, becoming interim manager following the dismissal of Tommy Docherty on 4 July 1985 after a second successive relegation saw Wolves fall into the Third Division.

Sammy remained in charge of the first team until Bill McGarry returned to manage the club on 4 September 1985. However, McGarry’s return as manager lasted just 61 days and he quit on 4 November and Chapman was restored to the manager’s seat.

However, Sammy was unable to prevent Wolves from suffering a third successive relegation which dragged them into the Fourth Division for the first time in their history. He left on 15 August 1986, just before the start of the 1985-86 season.

Chapman was a member of Northern Ireland’s 1958 FIFA World Cup squad.

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