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Player of the Day: Ian Sampson

by Stuart Vose

Defender in today's spotlight.

Ian Sampson kicked off his professional career with Sunderland having signed from Goole Town in November 1990.

The strong-tackling defender made his debut as a substitute at Millwall in August 1991 and would go on to make a total of 34 appearances, scoring once.

Loaned to Northampton in December 1993, Sampson later joined the Cobblers on a permanent basis and had a long association with the club.

Barring a short loan spell with Spurs, the defender spent more than 10 unbroken years with Town, making  more than 450 appearances. He is second on the club’s list of all-time appearance-makers.

After retiring, he joined the coaching staff at Northampton and had two spells in caretaker charge before being handed the manager’s job permanently in October 2009.

Despite being popular – his side pulled off a famous win at Liverpool in the League Cup – Sampson departed in March 2011 and later had a short spell in charge at Corby Town.