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Chelsea FC Profile: Sam Downing

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Full Name: Samuel Downing

Born: Friday, 19th January 1883
Place of birth: Willesdon, London, England
Height: 5' 10"
Died: February 1974
Place of death: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
Burial: Cremated: Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley, Crawley Borough, West Sussex, England

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1909 to 1914

Playing Career:

West Hampstead
Willesden Town
Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea (Apr 1909 to Jun 1914) - cost: unknown
Croydon Common

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Friday, 9th April 1909, Chelsea 3 - 0 Middlesbrough

Age on debut: 26 years 2 months 21 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 2nd December 1911, Chelsea 1 - 0 Glossop

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Monday, 13th April 1914, Chelsea 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1908 / 09 600006
1909 / 10 38200040
1910 / 11 34600040
1911 / 12 28200030
1912 / 13 25000025
1913 / 14 400004


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1909 / 10 500005
1910 / 11 210003
1911 / 12 100001
1912 / 13 100001

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Sam Downing made 145 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League9th Apr 1909Chelsea30Middlesbrough50,000 match won
League10th Apr 1909Chelsea32Notts County30,000 match won
League17th Apr 1909Newcastle United13Chelsea30,000 match won
League20th Apr 1909Bradford City30Chelsea14,000 match lost
League26th Apr 1909Chelsea31Bristol City12,000 match won
League29th Apr 1909Chelsea10Leicester Fosse10,000 match won
League1st Sep 1909Chelsea22Notts County12,000 match drawn
League4th Sep 1909Chelsea21Liverpool27,000 match won
League11th Sep 1909Aston Villa41Chelsea30,000 match lost
League18th Sep 1909Chelsea22Sheffield United36,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League25th Sep 1909Woolwich Arsenal32Chelsea20,000 match lost
League2nd Oct 1909Chelsea32Bolton Wanderers35,000 match won scored 1 goal
League9th Oct 1909Middlesbrough01Chelsea12,000 match won
League16th Oct 1909Blackburn Rovers10Chelsea10,000 match lost
League23rd Oct 1909Chelsea01Nottingham Forest30,000 match lost
League27th Oct 1909Chelsea20Preston North End25,000 match won
League30th Oct 1909Sunderland40Chelsea10,000 match lost
League6th Nov 1909Chelsea01Everton35,000 match lost
League13th Nov 1909Manchester United20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League20th Nov 1909Chelsea03Bradford City24,000 match lost
League27th Nov 1909The Wednesday41Chelsea15,000 match lost scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League4th Dec 1909Chelsea41Bristol City20,000 match won
League11th Dec 1909Bury42Chelsea5,000 match lost
League18th Dec 1909Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur40,000 match won
League25th Dec 1909Notts County21Chelsea20,000 match lost
League27th Dec 1909Chelsea21Newcastle United70,000 match won
League1st Jan 1910Newcastle United10Chelsea30,000 match lost
League8th Jan 1910Liverpool51Chelsea25,000 match lost
League10th Jan 1910Preston North End20Chelsea9,000 match lost
F.A. Cup15th Jan 1910Chelsea21Hull City34,700 match won
League22nd Jan 1910Chelsea00Aston Villa30,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup5th Feb 1910Chelsea01Tottenham Hotspur31,776 match lost
League12th Feb 1910Bolton Wanderers52Chelsea8,000 match lost
League19th Feb 1910Chelsea21Middlesbrough20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Feb 1910Chelsea31Blackburn Rovers30,000 match won
League5th Mar 1910Nottingham Forest00Chelsea7,000 match drawn
League7th Mar 1910Sheffield United00Chelsea8,000 match drawn
League12th Mar 1910Chelsea14Sunderland15,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League19th Mar 1910Everton22Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League26th Mar 1910Chelsea11Manchester United25,000 match drawn
League28th Mar 1910Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal40,000 match lost
League2nd Apr 1910Bradford City41Chelsea16,000 match lost
League9th Apr 1910Chelsea41The Wednesday25,000 match won
League16th Apr 1910Bristol City10Chelsea16,000 match lost
League23rd Apr 1910Chelsea20Bury35,000 match won
League30th Apr 1910Tottenham Hotspur21Chelsea35,000 match lost
League3rd Sep 1910Derby County14Chelsea12,000 match won
League10th Sep 1910Chelsea31Barnsley21,000 match won
League17th Sep 1910Leicester Fosse10Chelsea16,000 match lost
League1st Oct 1910Chelsea30Bolton Wanderers25,000 match won
League8th Oct 1910Clapton Orient00Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League15th Oct 1910Chelsea00Blackpool30,000 match drawn
League22nd Oct 1910Glossop21Chelsea7,000 match lost
League29th Oct 1910Chelsea70Lincoln City25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League12th Nov 1910Chelsea22Birmingham17,000 match drawn
League10th Dec 1910Chelsea30Bradford Park Avenue14,000 match won
League17th Dec 1910Burnley11Chelsea7,000 match drawn
League24th Dec 1910Chelsea30Gainsborough Trinity16,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Dec 1910Leeds City33Chelsea18,000 match drawn
League27th Dec 1910Chelsea20Stockport County30,000 match won
League31st Dec 1910Chelsea32Derby County32,000 match won
League2nd Jan 1911Stockport County22Chelsea5,000 match drawn
League7th Jan 1911Barnsley32Chelsea7,000 match lost
F.A. Cup14th Jan 1911Chelsea00Leyton19,167 match drawn
F.A. Cup19th Jan 1911Leyton02Chelsea14,000 match won scored 1 goal
League21st Jan 1911Chelsea20Leicester Fosse18,000 match won
League28th Jan 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers00Chelsea16,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup4th Feb 1911Chesterfield Town14Chelsea28,400 match won
League11th Feb 1911Chelsea10Clapton Orient41,000 match won
League18th Feb 1911Blackpool02Chelsea6,000 match won
F.A. Cup25th Feb 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers02Chelsea33,028 match won
League4th Mar 1911Lincoln City00Chelsea4,000 match drawn
League6th Mar 1911Chelsea20Glossop12,000 match won
F.A. Cup11th Mar 1911Chelsea31Swindon Town77,952 match won
League18th Mar 1911Birmingham21Chelsea25,000 match lost
League20th Mar 1911Chelsea20Huddersfield Town12,000 match won
F.A. Cup25th Mar 1911Newcastle United30Chelsea34,000 match lost
League29th Mar 1911Chelsea21West Bromwich Albion12,600 match won
League1st Apr 1911Hull City11Chelsea12,000 match drawn
League8th Apr 1911Chelsea20Fulham45,000 match won
League14th Apr 1911Chelsea41Leeds City35,000 match won
League15th Apr 1911Bradford Park Avenue21Chelsea15,000 match lost
League18th Apr 1911Huddersfield Town31Chelsea9,000 match lost
League22nd Apr 1911Chelsea30Burnley36,000 match won
League26th Apr 1911Bolton Wanderers20Chelsea35,000 match lost
League29th Apr 1911Gainsborough Trinity31Chelsea7,000 match lost
League2nd Sep 1911Chelsea00Stockport County28,000 match drawn
League9th Sep 1911Leeds City00Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League11th Sep 1911Chelsea10Derby County20,000 match won
League16th Sep 1911Chelsea40Wolverhampton Wanderers32,000 match won
League23rd Sep 1911Leicester Fosse20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League30th Sep 1911Chelsea10Gainsborough Trinity30,000 match won
League7th Oct 1911Grimsby Town21Chelsea8,000 match lost
League14th Oct 1911Chelsea20Nottingham Forest24,000 match won
League21st Oct 1911Burnley22Chelsea12,000 match drawn
League28th Oct 1911Clapton Orient14Chelsea25,000 match won
League4th Nov 1911Chelsea22Bristol City25,000 match drawn
League18th Nov 1911Chelsea31Huddersfield Town5,000 match won
League25th Nov 1911Blackpool10Chelsea12,000 match lost
League2nd Dec 1911Chelsea10Glossop25,000 match won
League23rd Dec 1911Bradford Park Avenue11Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1911Fulham01Chelsea40,000 match won
League26th Dec 1911Chelsea10Fulham41,761 match won
League30th Dec 1911Stockport County01Chelsea7,000 match won
League6th Jan 1912Chelsea42Leeds City10,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup13th Jan 1912Chelsea10Sheffield United34,400 match won
League20th Jan 1912Wolverhampton Wanderers31Chelsea9,000 match lost
League27th Jan 1912Chelsea21Leicester Fosse27,000 match won
F.A. Cup3rd Feb 1912Bradford City20Chelsea21,070 match lost
League10th Feb 1912Chelsea41Grimsby Town25,000 match won
League17th Feb 1912Nottingham Forest23Chelsea9,000 match won
League24th Feb 1912Chelsea02Burnley30,000 match lost
League16th Mar 1912Chelsea02Birmingham27,000 match lost
League23rd Mar 1912Huddersfield Town13Chelsea13,000 match won
League8th Apr 1912Derby County20Chelsea17,000 match lost
League25th Apr 1912Barnsley02Chelsea7,000 match won
League2nd Sep 1912Aston Villa10Chelsea28,000 match lost
League7th Sep 1912Bolton Wanderers10Chelsea21,666 match lost
League9th Sep 1912Chelsea12Liverpool25,000 match lost
League14th Sep 1912Chelsea42Sheffield United40,000 match won
League21st Sep 1912Newcastle United32Chelsea38,000 match lost
League28th Sep 1912Chelsea11Oldham Athletic30,000 match drawn
League5th Oct 1912Chelsea20Sunderland25,000 match won
League12th Oct 1912Woolwich Arsenal01Chelsea22,000 match won
League19th Oct 1912Chelsea03Bradford City40,000 match lost
League26th Oct 1912Manchester City20Chelsea40,000 match lost
League2nd Nov 1912Chelsea02West Bromwich Albion35,100 match lost
League9th Nov 1912Everton10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League16th Nov 1912Chelsea04The Wednesday27,000 match lost
League23rd Nov 1912Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League14th Dec 1912Chelsea23Middlesbrough35,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1912Chelsea14Manchester United30,000 match lost
League26th Dec 1912Manchester United42Chelsea25,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1912Chelsea23Bolton Wanderers35,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1913Chelsea12Aston Villa65,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League22nd Mar 1913The Wednesday32Chelsea8,000 match lost
League24th Mar 1913Liverpool12Chelsea25,000 match won
League29th Mar 1913Chelsea16Blackburn Rovers30,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1913Derby County31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League19th Apr 1913Middlesbrough03Chelsea8,000 match won
League26th Apr 1913Chelsea52Notts County20,000 match won
League6th Sep 1913Chelsea13Tottenham Hotspur61,500 match lost
League18th Oct 1913Chelsea30Liverpool40,000 match won
League4th Apr 1914Bradford City00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League13th Apr 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers40,000 match won

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1910 / 11 2
1911 / 12 3
1912 / 13 7
1913 / 14 2

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1911 / 12 1

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Sam Downing made 14 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly17th Aug 1910Chelsea32Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly20th Aug 1910Chelsea23Chelseaunknown match won
Friendly16th Aug 1911Chelsea31Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly19th Aug 1911Chelsea00Chelseaunknown match drawn
Friendly26th Aug 1911Chelsea32Chelseaunknown match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly19th Aug 1912Chelsea33Chelseaunknown match drawn
Friendly24th Aug 1912Chelsea52Chelseaunknown match lost
London Challenge Cup23rd Sep 1912Dulwich Hamlet03Chelseaunknown match won
London Prof. Charity Fund30th Sep 1912Chelsea13Arsenal5,000 match lost
London Challenge Cup21st Oct 1912Barking00Chelseaunknown match drawn
London Challenge Cup28th Oct 1912Chelsea70Barkingunknown match won
London Challenge Cup11th Nov 1912West Ham United40Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly16th Aug 1913Chelsea41Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly23rd Aug 1913Chelsea41Chelsea15,000 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1910 / 11 4
1911 / 12 5
1912 / 13 5
1913 / 14 27

Non-First-Team Goals

1910 / 11 4
1911 / 12 2
1912 / 13 2
1913 / 14 7

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Sam Downing made 41 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League21st Nov 1910Chelsea20Swindon Townunknown match won
Reserve League26th Nov 1910Norwich City01Chelsea3,000 match won
Reserve League28th Nov 1910Clapton Orient14Chelseaunknown match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League3rd Dec 1910Chelsea40Luton Town1,000 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League4th Mar 1912Chelsea51Norwich Cityunknown match won
Reserve League9th Mar 1912Chelsea30Bristol City7,000 match won
Reserve League13th Mar 1912Watford24Chelseaunknown match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League17th Apr 1912Croydon Common01Chelseaunknown match won
Friendly18th Apr 1912Peterborough City11Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League18th Jan 1913Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea6,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League25th Jan 1913Chelsea40West Ham Unitedunknown match won
Reserve League8th Feb 1913Chelsea20Woolwich Arsenalunknown match won
Reserve League22nd Feb 1913Chelsea21Norwich City4,000 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League15th Mar 1913Bristol City13Chelseaunknown match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1913Chelsea41Clapton Orientunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League13th Sep 1913Chelsea14Queens Park Rangersunknown match lost
Reserve League15th Sep 1913Chelsea50Bristol Cityunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League20th Sep 1913Fulham32Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League27th Sep 1913Northampton Town01Chelseaunknown match won
Reserve League4th Oct 1913Queens Park Rangers11Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League11th Oct 1913Chelsea51Brighton And Hove Albionunknown match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League25th Oct 1913Chelsea11West Ham Unitedunknown match drawn
Reserve League1st Nov 1913Brentford12Chelseaunknown match won
Reserve League15th Nov 1913Swindon Town22Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League22nd Nov 1913Chelsea40Arsenalunknown match won
Reserve League29th Nov 1913Reading21Chelsea500 match lost scored 1 goal
Reserve League11th Dec 1913Leicester Fosse00Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League25th Dec 1913Norwich City32Chelsea4,000 match lost
Reserve League26th Dec 1913Chelsea21Norwich City5,000 match won
Reserve League27th Dec 1913Chelsea14Tottenham Hotspurunknown match lost
Reserve League3rd Jan 1914Peterborough City22Chelseaunknown match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League24th Jan 1914Croydon Common20Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League7th Feb 1914Chelsea40Peterborough Cityunknown match won
Reserve League14th Feb 1914Brighton And Hove Albion81Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League21st Feb 1914Gillingham12Chelsea1,500 match won
Reserve League2nd Mar 1914Chelsea40Watfordunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League14th Mar 1914Southampton23Chelseaunknown match won
Reserve League21st Mar 1914Chelsea42Swindon Townunknown match won
Reserve League30th Mar 1914Chelsea21Leicester Fosse2,000 match won
Reserve League16th Apr 1914Chelsea11Reading3,000 match drawn
Reserve League28th Apr 1914Arsenal11Chelseaunknown match drawn

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Sam passed away in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in mid-February 1974. It is not currently known exactly what date, but there were newspaper obituaries dated 19th February 1974 as well as a programme obituary in the 13th March 1974 programme v Burnley

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Chelsea FC Player Sam Downing

Games Won: 63
Win Percentage: 43.45%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 145 appearances, Sam Downing played alongside the following 54 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Wally Bettridge (104)
Ted Birnie (15)
Joe Bradshaw (6)
Billy Brawn (39)
Ron Brebner (15)
Billy Bridgeman (55)
Billy Brown (6)
John Brown (8)
Robert Buchanan (3)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (20)
Jack Cameron (107)
Bill Cartwright (35)
George Dodd (28)
Hugh Dolby (1)
Angus Douglas (85)
Norrie Fairgray (24)
Harry Ford (21)
Charlie Freeman (55)
Harold Halse (4)
Augustus Harding (3)
Jack Harrow (10)
Tom Hewitt (6)
George Hilsdon (59)
Arthur Holden (20)
George Horn (2)
Percy Humphreys (16)
George Hunter (7)
George Johnson (4)
Evan Jones (18)
Tommy Logan (3)
Ken Mackenzie (1)
Tommy Mair (5)
Owen Marshall (2)
English McConnell (17)
Marshall McEwan (31)
James Molyneux (52)
Andrew Ormiston (77)
William Read (4)
Arthur Robinson (1)
James Saunders (2)
Jimmy Sharp (14)
Philip Smith (1)
William Steer (1)
Frederick Taylor (74)
Bob Thomson (27)
Jimmy Turnbull (12)
Joseph Walton (10)
Ben Warren (66)
Jack Whitley (75)
Bob Whittingham (81)
Arthur Wileman (14)
Ernest Williams (8)
Jimmy Windridge (37)
Vivian Woodward (59)