|Place Of Birth||Swansea|
Born : 1855, Swansea
Died : 28 September 1889, Swansea
Position : Forward
Major Teams : Swansea, Newport, Wales.
Wales Caps : 3 Points : 0
Samuel made his debut for Swansea in under the captaincy of Swansea veteren E. M. Jones in 1879 in a Swansea 2nd XV home match against the St Helen's club of Swansea . His 1st XV debut for Swansea was toward the end of that season on 7 February 1880 against Llanelli. On 18 November 1880, against Carmarthen, he made the first of 14 appearances for Swansea in the South Wales Challenge Cup. Although he did not play in the two cup finals Swansea won in 1880 and 1887, he did turn out in the Cup final lost to Newport in 1883. Sam Goldsworthy was a regular in the 1st Xv from 1880-81 to 1885-86, regularly lining up against the major Welsh teams of the day and going with Swansea on their northern tour of February 1886, playing in the match against Dewesbury. He played one match for Newport RFC during the 1883-84 season (8th Dec. 1883 v Neath) as he was working in the town at the time. Goldsworthy's last appearance as a player for Swansea was on 10 April 1886 in a home match against the Brynymor club of Swansea.
He went on to referee matches in Wales from 1887 till the end of the 1888 season.
He made 3 apearances as a forward for Wales between 1884 and 1885. He played for Wales against Ireland in 1884, against England in 1885, against Scotland in 1885.
Employed as a ship's chandler, Sam was a prominent member of swansea Workingmens' Club where many members became swansea players. He became the 1st Welsh 'cap' to die (28 Sept 1889). He died of pleurisy and congestion of the lungs which developed from a bad cold. he was 34 years old. In consequence of his passing, players at the Newport v Swansea match the following week wore black armbands to respect the memory of this popular player.
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