Player #238

Appearances:

183

Starts:

183

Goals:

0

Seasons:

5

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Sam Hardy

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1912-13

To

1920-21

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Sam Hardy

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Seasons

1912-13
1913-14
1914-15
1919-20
1920-21

Age*

29
30
31
36
37

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

183
39
35
39
40
30

Starts

183
39
35
39
40
30

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

0
0
0
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

Samuel Hardy

Birth Date

Sunday, 26 August 1883

Birth Place

Newbold, Derbyshire

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Liverpool

For

£600

On

June 1912

Previous Clubs

1898-00 Newbold Church School |
1900-03 Newbold White Star |
1903-05 Chesterfield Town |
1905-12 Liverpool |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Nottingham Forest

For

£1,000

On

August 1921

Subsequent Clubs

1921-25 Nottingham Forest |

Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1912-21 Aston Villa, £600, 183 | 0 |

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Monday, 2 September 1912

Debut Appearance

Monday, 2 September 1912

Chelsea (h), Division One

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Saturday, 7 May 1921

Bolton Wanderers (h), Division One

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 7 May 1921

Honours

1912-13 FA Cup Winners |
1919-20 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

24 October 1966, Aged 83

Sam Hardy

Player #238 for Aston Villa, Samuel Hardy, known as Sam Hardy and nicknamed Chuffer, played as a goalkeeper for the club.

Sam played for Villa between 1912-13 and 1920-21 making 183 appearances.

Sam was born in Newbold, Derbyshire on 26th August 1883 and he made his debut appearance for Villa at the age of 29 on the 2nd September 1912.

Villa had signed Sam from Liverpool in June 1912 for a fee of £600 and he became the 29th custodian of the Villa goal in League and Cup football.

Sam - already a goalkeeping great by the time he arrived at Villa with 14 England caps and 200 appearances for Villa's sometime rivals Liverpool - was immediately installed as Villa’s number one and was the true heir to Villa's first goalkeeping great, Billy George.

Over his 183 appearances, Sam conceded 262 goals at a rate of 1.38 goals per game, whilst keeping 63 clean sheets.

During his time with Villa, Sam helped the club win the 1912-13 and 1919-20 FA Cup, reach the 1913-14 FA Cup Semi Final and to top 2 league finishes in 1912-13 and 1913-14.

Sam was instrumental in both FA Cup wins being an ever present in the 1912-13 campaign including the final victory against Sunderland in front of a crowd of 121,919 at Crystal Palace, London in April 1913.

Sam was also an ever-present in the 1919-20 FA Cup and kept goal in the final against Huddersfield Town held at Stamford Bridge in front of a much reduced crowd of 50,018 which saw Villa take the cup in extra time after a 100’ minute winner from Billy Kirton.

Sam played his final game for Villa on Saturday, 7 May 1921 before moving to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1,000 in August 1921.

Sam played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Sam passed away in Chesterfield on 24th October 1966 aged 83.