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Malcolm Sampson

Malcolm Sampson
Malcolm Sampson's career is detailed in his brother, David "Dave" Sampson's, autobiography 'Fast Lane to Shangri-La; the story of a rugby league family'.[1]
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Sampson
Nickname Mal, Sammy
Born 12 March 1940[2]
Died 10 October 2012(2012-10-10) (aged 72)[3]
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1959–64 Wakefield Trinity 98 9 5 37
1964–65 Hull 4
1965–66 Wakefield Trinity
1966–72 Bramley
Total 102 9 5 0 37

Malcolm "Mal" Sampson (12 March 1940 – 10 October 2012 (aged 72)) was a professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, playing at club level for Wakefield Trinity (twice), Hull, and Bramley, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career

Challenge Cup final appearances

Mal Sampson played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, and scored the first try in Wakefield Trinity's 25-10 victory over Wigan in the 1962–63 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1963.[4]

Club career

Mal Sampson signed for Wakefield Trinity Juniors (under 17s) in 1956, and made his Wakefield Trinity début in the 31-6 victory over Huddersfield at Belle View, Wakefield in November 1959, his third game came in the 20-10 victory over the 1959 Australian Kangaroo Tourists at Belle View, Wakefield. He had played 24 successive matches up to April 1960 when he was involved in a car crash in which he suffered a badly broken arm, he consequently missed the 1959–60 Challenge Cup final and the possibility to play for Great Britain in the 1960 Rugby League World Cup (Great Britain's World Cup Props were; Brian McTigue (Wigan) and colleague Jack Wilkinson (Wakefield Trinity), complications to the broken arm meant he eventually made his comeback some 2½ years later, in November 1962 against Widnes at Naughton Park, Widnes, he finished the 1962–63 season with a try in the Challenge Cup final, and is still the only Wakefield Trinity Forward to score a try at Wembley, he became Wakefield Trinity's first ever league substitute against Halifax, at Thrum Hall, Halifax in September 1964, he had a four game loan period at Hull in the 1965–66 season, his final Wakefield Trinity match was against York at Belle View, Wakefield in November 1966, after which he signed for Bramley.[3]

Genealogical information

Mal Sampson was the brother of the rugby league footballer and coach David Sampson, and uncle of the sprinter Denise Ramsden, rugby league footballer Dean Sampson, and rugby union and rugby league footballer Paul Sampson.


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  • Obituary - Wakefield Express
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