Sammy Smyth, Northern Irish footballer, Died at 91


Samuel “Sammy” Smyth was born on February 25, 1925, and died on October 19, 2016.

He was a Northern Irish footballer.

Smyth played in the Football League for Liverpool, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has played for local clubs Distillery, Linfield and Dundela in the Irish League before being signed by English Football League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 1947 for a fee of £1,100.

However, taking Wolves to third place in the 1946–47 season manager Ted Vizard was replaced by his assistant Stan Cullis in June 1948.

The next year Cullis led Wolves to the FA Cup final against Leicester City, Jesse Pye scoring two goals in the first half and Smyth netting another in the 68th minute.

The season after Wolves finished in 2nd place in the First Division.

Samuel had scored 43 goals in 116 cup and league appearances for Wolves.

He returned to Belfast where he played for Bangor and also worked as a bookmaker.

Later, he opened his own sports shop business. In his later years he retired in the Cayman Islands with his daughter, Sheena Conolly.

Smyth was the last surviving player from the 1949 FA Cup winners.

Sammy Smyth passed away at 91 years old.