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Kenny Sansom

Crystal Palace FC, Arsenal FC

86 appearances, 1 goal

P 86 W 44 D 20 L 22 F 151: A 60
*(actual F x: A x)
63% successful

1979-88

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
7663

Profile

Full name Kenneth Graham Sansom (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 26 September 1958 at 55 Jardin Street, Camberwell, south London [registered in Camberwell, September 1958].
Height/Weight 5' 6", 11st. 8lbs [1983].

Source

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

Biographies To Cap it All: My Story - Kenny Sansom (John Blake Publishing, May 2008)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) x
Club honours x
Individual honours PFA Division Three Team of the Year 1976-77; PFA Division Two Team of the Year 1977-78, 1978-79, PFA Division One Team of the Year 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87;
Distinctions x

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 937th players (937) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 529, 23 May 1979, England 0 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 20 years 239 days.
Last match No. 638, 18 June 1988, England 1 USSR 3, a European Championship Finals group match at Waldstadion, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main, aged 29 years 266 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1982, 1986; European Championship Finals 1980, 1988; British Championship 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84; Rous Cup 1985, 1986, 1988;
Team honours British Championship winners 1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83; Rous Cup runners-up 1985, winners 1986, 1988;
Individual honours England B (two appearances, 1978-79)
Distinctions Most capped England player for Arsenal, as well as the most capped England player at his first club, Crystal Palace

Beyond England

x.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

 

Kenny Sansom - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
- 86 59 85 1 3 7663 1 7663 min 1 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.

 

Kenny Sansom - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 34 18 10 6 66 18 +48 10 20 1.941 0.529 67.6 +12
Away 37 20 7 10 63 28 +35 10 20 1.703 0.757 63.5 +10
Neutral 15 6 3 6 22 14 +8 4 7 1.467 0.933 50.0 =0
All 86 44 20 22 151 60 +91 24 47 1.756 0.698 62.8 +22

 

Kenny Sansom - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 71 37 16 18 124 49 +75 18 40 1.746 0.69 63.4 +19
Red 15 7 4 4 27 11 +16 6 7 1.80 0.733 60.0 +3
All 86 44 20 22 151 60 +91 24 47 1.756 0.698 62.8 +22

 

Kenny Sansom - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

13 6 5 2 29 7 +22 3 8 2.231 0.538 65.4 +4
WCF 9 4 3 2 12 4 +8 4 6 1.333 0.444 61.1 +2
World Cup 22 10 8 4 41 11 +30 7 14 1.864 0.50 63.6 +6

ECP

16 12 3 1 46 4 +42 3 13 2.875 0.25 84.4 +11
ECF 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6 2 0 0.60 1.80 10.0 -4
European Championship 21 12 4 5 49 13 +36 5 13 2.333 0.619 66.7 +7
British Championship 12 5 5 2 13 7 +6 4 8 1.083 0.583 62.5 +3
Rous Cup 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 1 1 1.00 0.75 62.5 +1
Minor Tournament 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 1 1 1.333 1.00 33.3 -1
Friendly 24 14 2 8 40 23 +17 6 10 1.667 0.958 62.5 +6
All 86 44 20 22 151 60 +91 24 47 1.756 0.698 62.8 +22

 

Kenny Sansom - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1980-82 5 2 1 2 8 5 +3 1 2 1.60 1.00 50.0 =0
WCP 1984-86 8 4 4 0 21 2 +19 2 6 2.625 0.25 75.0 +4
WCP All 13 6 5 2 29 7 +22 3 8 2.231 0.538 65.4 +4
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1982 4 2 2 0 5 1 +4 2 3 1.25 0.25 75.0 +2
WCF 1986 5 2 1 2 7 3 +4 2 3 1.40 0.60 50.0 =0
WCF All 9 4 3 2 12 4 +8 4 6 1.333 0.444 61.1 +2
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1980-82 9 4 3 2 13 6 +7 3 5 1.444 0.667 61.1 +2
WC 1984-86 13 6 5 2 28 5 +23 4 9 2.154 0.385 65.4 +4
WC All 22 10 8 4 41 11 +30 7 14 1.864 0.50 63.6 +6
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1978-80 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
ECP 1982-84 8 5 2 1 23 3 +20 2 6 2.875 0.375 75.0 +4
ECP 1986-88 6 5 1 0 19 1 +18 1 5 3.167 0.167 91.2 +5
ECP All 16 12 3 1 46 4 +42 3 13 2.875 0.25 84.4 +11
European Championship Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 1980 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
ECF 1988 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 00.0 -3
ECF All 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6 2 0 0.60 1.80 10.0 -4
European Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1978-80 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3 1 2 1.25 0.50 62.5 +1
EC 1982-84 8 5 2 1 23 3 +20 2 6 2.875 0.375 75.0 +4
EC 1986-88 9 5 1 3 21 8 +13 2 5 2.333 0.889 61.1 +2
EC All 21 12 4 5 49 13 +36 5 13 2.333 0.619 66.7 +7
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1978-79 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC 1979-80 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 0 1 1.333 1.667 50.0 =0
BC 1980-81 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0.00 0.50 25.0 -1
BC 1981-82 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 0 3 2.00 0.00 100.0 +3
BC 1982-83 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
BC 1983-84 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 12 5 5 2 13 7 +6 4 8 1.083 0.583 62.5 +3
Rous Cup Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
RC 1985 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
RC 1986 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
RC 1988 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1
RC All 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 1 1 1.00 0.75 62.5 +1
Minor Tournament and Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Copa Ciudad de México 1985 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 1 0 0.50 1.50 0.00 -2
Azteca 2000 1985 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 1 1 1.50 0.50 50.0 =0

Note that the second Copa Ciuded de Mexico and the First Azteca 2000 match are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

TC All 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 1 1 1.333 1.00 33.3 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 22 10 8 4 41 11 +30 7 14 1.864 0.50 63.6 +6
EC 21 12 4 5 49 13 +36 5 13 2.333 0.619 66.7 +7
BC 12 5 5 2 13 7 +6 4 8 1.083 0.583 62.5 +3
RC 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 1 1 1.00 0.75 62.5 +1
TC 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 1 1 1.333 1.00 33.3 -1
All 62 30 18 14 111 37 +74 18 37 1.79 0.597 62.9 +16

 

Kenny Sansom - Match History
 Club: Crystal Palace F.C. - 9 full appearances

manager: Ron Greenwood - 27 full capsx

Age 20
1 b 28 November 1978 - Czechoslovakia 0 England 1, Praha Fr AW Start 3
- 528 19 May 1979 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW unused sub ?
1 529 23 May 1979 - England 0 Wales 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD Start 3
- 530 23 May 1979 - England 3 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW unused sub ?
2 b 12 June 1979 - Austria 0 England 1, Klagenfurt - abandoned after 60 mins Fr AabW Start 3
Age 21
- 535 17 October 1979 - Northern Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast ECP AW unused sub 14
2 536 22 November 1979 - England 2 Bulgaria 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
3 537 6 February 1980 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
4 539 13 May 1980 - England 3 Argentina 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 3
5 540 17 May 1980 - Wales 4 England 1, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham BC AL sub 20 ?
6 541 20 May 1980 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD Start 3
7 542 24 May 1980 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW Start 3
8 544 12 June 1980 - Belgium 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino ECF ND Start 3
9 545 15 June 1980 - England 0 Italy 1, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino AL Start
- 546 18 June 1980 - Spain 1 England 2, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli NW squad/
unused
 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 77 full appearances  
10 547 10 September 1980 - England 4 Norway 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 3
Age 22
11 548 15 October 1980 - Romania 2 England 1, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AL Start 3
12 549 19 November 1980 - England 2 Switzerland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 3
13 550 25 March 1981 - England 1 Spain 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 3
14 551 29 April 1981 - England 0 Romania 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start 3
15 552 12 May 1981 - England 0 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 3
16 553 20 May 1981 - England 0 Wales 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 3
17 554 23 May 1981 - England 0 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HL Start 3
18 555 30 May 1981 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCP AL Start 3
- 556 6 June 1981 - Hungary 1 England 3, Népstadion, Budapest AW squad/unused
Age 23
19 559 23 February 1982 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 3
20 560 27 April 1982 - Wales 0 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 3
21 561 25 May 1982 - England 2 Netherlands 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 3
22 562 29 May 1982 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 3
23 564 3 June 1982 - Finland 1 England 4, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW Start 3
24 565 16 June 1982 - England 3 France 1, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao WCF NW Start off 90 17
25 566 20 June 1982 - England 2 Czechoslovakia 0, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao NW Start
- 567 25 June 1982 - England 1 Kuwait 0, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao NW squad
26 568 29 June 1982 - West Germany 0 England 0, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid ND Start
27 569 5 July 1982 - Spain 0 England 0, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid AD Start
 

manager: Bobby Robson - 59 full capsx

28 570 22 September 1982 - Denmark 2 England 2, Idrætsparken, København ECP AD Start 3
Age 24
29 571 13 October 1982 - England 1 West Germany 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 3
30 572 17 November 1982 - Greece 0 England 3, Kaftatzoglio Stadio, Thessalonica ECP AW Start 3
31 573 15 December 1982 - England 9 Luxembourg 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
32 575 30 March 1983 - England 0 Greece 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HD Start 3
33 576 27 April 1983 - England 2 Hungary 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
34 577 28 May 1983 - Northern Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 3
35 578 1 June 1983 - England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW Start 3
36 582 21 September 1983 - England 0 Denmark 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HL Start 3
Age 25
37 583 12 October 1983 - Hungary 0 England 3, Népstadion, Budapest ECP AW Start 3
38 584 16 November 1983 - Luxembourg 0 England 4, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg ECP AW Start 3
39 585 29 February 1984 - France 2 England 0, Parc des Princes, Paris Fr AL Start 3
40 588 26 May 1984 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 3
41 589 2 June 1984 - England 0 USSR 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 3
42 590 10 June 1984 - Brazil 0 England 2, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio tour AW Start 3
43 591 13 June 1984 - Uruguay 2 England 0, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 3
44 592 17 June 1984 - Chile 0 England 0, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago AD Start 3
45 593 12 September 1984 - England 1 GDR 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 3
Age 26
46 594 17 October 1984 - England 5 Finland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 3
47 595 14 November 1984 - Turkey 0 England 8, Inönü Stadyumu, Ístanbul WCP AW Start 3
48 596 27 February 1985 - Northern Ireland 0 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast WCP AW Start 3
49 597 26 March 1985 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 3
50 598 1 May 1985 - Romania 0 England 0, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AD Start 3
51 599 22 May 1985 - Finland 1 England 1, Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP AD Start 3
52 600 25 May 1985 - Scotland 1 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow RC AL Start 3
53 601 6 June 1985 - Italy 2 England 1, Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México TC NL Start 3
54 602 9 June 1985 - Mexico 1 England 0, Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México AL Start 3
55 603 12 June 1985 - England 3 West Germany 0, Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México NW Start 3
56 604 16 June 1985 - USA 0 England 5, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Fr AW Start off 55 3
57 605 11 September 1985 - England 1 Romania 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start 3
Age 27
58 606 16 October 1985 - England 5 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 3
59 607 13 November 1985 - England 0 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start 3
60 608 29 January 1986 - Egypt 0 England 4, Nasser Stadium, Cairo Fr AW Start 3
61 609 26 February 1986 - Israel 1 England 2, The National Stadium, Tel Aviv Fr AW Start 3
62 610 26 March 1986 - USSR 0 England 1, Dinamo Stadion, Tbilisi Fr AW Start 3
63 611 23 April 1986 - England 2 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley RC HW Start 3
64 612 17 May 1986 - Mexico 0 England 3, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Fr NW Start 3
65 613 24 May 1986 - Canada 0 England 1, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby Fr AW Start 3
66 614 3 June 1986 - Portugal 1 England 0, Estadio Tecnologico, Monterrey WCF NL Start 3
67 615 6 June 1986 - England 0 Morocco 0, Estadio Tecnologico, Monterrey ND Start
68 616 11 June 1986 - England 3 Poland 0, Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León, Monterrey NW Start
69 617 18 June 1986 - England 3 Paraguay 0, Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México NW Start
70 618 22 June 1986 - Argentina 2 England 1, Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México NL Start
71 619 10 September 1986 - Sweden 1 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna Fr AL Start 3
Age 28
72 620 15 October 1986 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
73 621 12 November 1986 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
74 622 18 February 1987 - Spain 2 England 4, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AW Start 3
75 623 1 April 1987 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast ECP AW Start 3
76 624 29 April 1987 - Turkey 0 England 0, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir ECP AD Start 3
77 627 9 September 1987 - West Germany 3 England 1, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf Fr AL Start off 68 3
Age 29
78 628 14 October 1987 - England 8 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 3
79 629 11 November 1987 - Yugoslavia 1 England 4, Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd ECP AW Start 3
80 631 23 March 1988 - England 2 Netherlands 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 3
81 633 21 May 1988 - England 1 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley RC HW Start 3
82 634 24 May 1988 - England 1 Colombia 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD Start 3
83 635 28 May 1988 - Switzerland 0 England 1, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne Fr AD Start 3
84 636 12 June 1988 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 1, Neckarstadion, Stuttgart ECF NL Start 3
85 637 15 June 1988 - England 1 Netherlands 3, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf NL Start
86 638 18 June 1988 - England 1 USSR 3, Waldstadion, Frankfurt NL Start

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