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Sam Hardy

 Liverpool FC, Aston Villa FC

21 appearances, 25 goals against
7 clean sheets, 2 penalties conceded, 1 penalty saved

P 21 W 12 D 5 L 4 F 52: A 25
69% successful

1907-20

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1890

Profile

Full name Sam Hardy

name notes

Definately Sam, not Samuel. The census returns and registrations confirm this.
Born 26 August 1882 in Back Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield [registered in Chesterfield, December 1882].
birthdate notes The only Sam Hardy registered in Chesterfield, was in December 1882. His death registration and ages given in his census returns all prove that Sam was born in 1882.
Baptised 2 January 1883 in Newbold

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Sam is the fifth of seven children to Thomas and Hannah (née Fidler). They live at Highfield Road in Newbold, Chesterfield. His father is a coal miner.

According to the 1901 census, Sam is still one of four and still with their parents. Sam has joined his father in becoming a coal mine hewer. They live in Newbold.

According to the 1911 census, Sam, a professional footballer for Liverpool FC, is married to Marie, with one son, Arthur. They live in 14 Prospect Terrace, in Brockwell, Chesterfield.

Married twice, firstly to Maria Cannon, at Chesterfield Register Office [registered in Chesterfield, December 1908]. Secondly to Doris Nicholls, at Chesterfield Register Office [registered in Chesterfield, December 1956].
Died 24 October 1966, aged 84 years 59 days [registered in Chesterfield, December 1866].
Height/Weight 5' 9¼", 12st. 0lbs [1913].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career with local side Newbold White Star FC, before joining Chesterfield Town FC in April 1903, despite interest from Derby County FC. After 71 league appearances, Liverpool FC signed Hardy in May 1905 for £500, and he completed another 219 league outings, Joined Aston Villa FC on 17 June 1912. During the war, he guested for Villa, Plymouth Argyle FC, Nottingham Forest FC and the Royal Navy. After his discharge on 17 September 1912, Hardy returned to Villa for a number of years, and completed 183 league appearances, Forest announced his transfer on 17 June 1921, although it was not until 18 August until the contract was sealed. Hardy kept goal for another 109 league appearances. He retired in 1925 because of injury, shortly before his fortieth birthday.
Club honours The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield winners 1906; Football League Division One Champions 1905-06, runners-up 1909-10, 1912-13, 1913-14; Division Two winners 1921-22; FA Cup winners 1912-13, 1919-20;
Individual honours Football League (ten appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became 321st players (321) to appear for England. 36th goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 89, 16 February 1907, England 1 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 24 years 175 days.
Last match No. 122, 10 April 1920, England 5 Scotland 4, a British Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield, aged 37 years 228 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1906-07, 1907-08, 1908-09, 1909-10, 1911-12, 1912-13, 1913-14, 1919-20;
Team honours British Championship shared 1907-08, 1911-12, winners 1908-09, 1912-13;
Individual honours England Victory Internationals (three appearances)
Distinctions Hardy was considered the best goalkeeper of his generation. In fact, he would have gone on to win more caps beyond 1920 if he had not refused to go on FA's tour of South Africa in the 1920 summer.

England Tragedy

"Sam Hardy, who kept goal for England on eighteen occasions, was conveyed to a Nursing Home at Chesterfield yesterday suffering from an attack of meningitis. He was taken ill at Nottingham, but managed to getto his home at Newbold, where he was seen by a specialist." - The Devon and Exeter Gazette, Saturday, 3 October 1925
"The condition of Sam Hardy, who is lying dangerously ill in a nursing home at Chesterfield, has undergone no appreciable change." - Derby Daily Telegraph, Monday, 5 October 1925
"Sam Hardy has made such good progess towards recovery that he will probably leave Chesterfield for his home to-morrow. He has been a patient in the nursing home at Chesterfield for six days, but may now be said to be out of danger. It appearas that Hardy had been indisposed from an attack of meningitis, but, taken in its incipient stages, it has, it is hoped, been successfully overcome." - Portsmouth Evening News, Wednesday, 7 October 1925
"Sam Hardy has now been removed from the nursing home to which he was taken and is back in his home on the outskirts of Chesterfield. It is understood that he is suffering from a slight fracture of the base of the skull." - Yorkshire Post, Monday, 12 October 1925

Beyond England

A life-long resident of Chesterfield where he was a hotel proprietor. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.119/20.

 

Sam Hardy - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
22 21 18 1890 25 76 min 20 7 33% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Sam Hardy - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 6 2 2 18 11 +7 1 5 1.80 1.10 70.0 +4
Away 11 6 3 2 34 14 +20 1 2 3.091 1.273 68.2 +4
All 21 12 5 4 52 25 +27 2 7 2.476 1.19 69.0 +8

 

Sam Hardy - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 18 9 5 4 32 20 +12 2 7 1.778 1.111 63.9 +5
Friendly 3 3 0 0 20 5 +15 0 0 6.667 1.667 100.0 +3
All 21 12 5 4 52 25 +27 2 7 2.476 1.19 69.0 +8

 

Sam Hardy - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1906-07 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1907-08 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1908-09 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 0 3 2.667 0.00 100.0 +3
BC 1909-10 3 1 1 1 3 3 =0 1 1 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1911-12 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1912-13 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1913-14 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 1 1 1.00 2.00 33.3 -1
BC 1919-20 3 1 1 1 7 7 =0 0 0 2.333 2.333 50.0 =0
BC All 18 9 5 4 32 20 +12 2 7 1.778 1.111 63.9 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 18 9 5 4 32 20 +12 2 7 1.778 1.111 63.9 +5
All 18 9 5 4 32 20 +12 2 7 1.778 1.111 63.9 +5

 

Sam Hardy - Match History
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - 14 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 21 full capsx

Age 24
1 89 16 February 1907 - England 1 Ireland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start gk
2 90 27 March 1907 - England 1 Wales 1, Craven Cottage, Fulham HD Start gk
3 91 1 April 1907 - England 1 Scotland 1, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HD Start gk
Age 25
- 93 16 March 1908 - Wales 1 England 7, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, BC AW withdrawn
4 94 4 April 1908 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start gk
Age 26
5 99 13 February 1909 - England 4 Ireland 0, Horton Park Avenue, Bradford BC HW Start gk
6 100 15 March 1909 - England 2 Wales 0, City Ground, Nottingham HW Start gk
7 101 3 April 1900 - England 2 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW Start gk
8 102 29 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 4, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth tour AW Start gk
9 103 31 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 8, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Start gk
10 104 1 June 1909 - Austria 1 England 8, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Start gk
Age 27
11 105 12 February 1910 - Ireland 1 England 1, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AD Start gk
12 106 14 March 1910 - Wales 0 England 2, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff AW Start gk
13 107 2 April 1910 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Start gk
Age 29
14 111 10 February 1912 - Ireland 1 England 6, Dalymount Park, Dublin BC AW Start gk
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 7 full caps  
Age 30
15 116 5 April 1913 - England 1 Scotland 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham BC HW Start gk
Age 31
16 117 14 February 1914 - England 0 Ireland 3, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HL Start gk
17 118 16 March 1914 - Wales 0 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff AW Start gk
18 119 4 April 1914 - Scotland 3 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Start gk
 
Age 37
19 120 25 October 1919 - Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start gk
20 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury HL Start gk
21 122 10 April 1920 - England 5 Scotland 4, Hillsborough, Sheffield HW Start gk

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