Sam Whittaker

Samson Clement Whittaker ( 1888-1952) was born in Shelfield, Walsall on 12 August 1888 and died on 19 September 1952 in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. A  determined and consistent wing-half, Whittaker played 68 matches for Aston Villa before the First World War, during which he served in the British Army.

Football Career

Whittaker began his career at local outfit Shelfield Methodists before enjoying brief spells at Aldridge Arms, Rushall Red Cross and Bloxwich Strollers. In January 1908, Whittaker joined Aston Villa and was handed his debut against Bradford City in October that year.

Whittaker was then part of the squad that won the 1909/10 First Division title but did not play in the 1913 FA Cup Final when Villa beat Sunderland 1-0 at Crystal Palace. In all, Whittaker would eventually make 68 appearances at Villa Park and score six goals. He also played four wartime games for Villa during the First World War before eventually moving to Walsall where he finished his career.

First World War Service

Sapper WR336085 Whittaker was conscripted on 8 April 1918 and served in the Royal Engineers Inland Waterways and Docks. He was discharged from military service on 14 December 1918.





Season Club League Position FA Cup   League Games League Goals FA Cup Games FA Cup Goals
1905 Shelfield Methodists              
1906 Rushall Red Cross              
1907 Bloxwich Strollers              
1908/09 Aston Villa 7th (First Division) R1   4      
1911/12 Aston Villa 6th (First Division) R2   24 1 3  
1912/13 Aston Villa 2nd (First Division) W   18   2  
1913/14 Aston Villa 2nd (First Division) SF   14 4 1  
1914/15 Aston Villa 14th (First Division) R2   2 1    
1914/15 Walsall              
  Aston Villa       62 6 6  
  Totals       62 6 6  


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