Strettle, Samuel

Birth Date

2nd February 1886


Warrington, England



Biographical Text

Sammy Strettle, a full back, was born in Warrington in 1885. His football career started out with the Lively Polly Soap Works XI in Liverpool. He then joined Everton in 1906, playing four games between 1907 and 1910.

Chesterfield bought Sammy for £800 and he stayed there for four and a half years, captaining the side during the whole period.

He signed for Exeter City in the summer of 1913 and became a regular member of the Southern League team. He was part of the 15 man squad that toured Argentina and Brazil in the summer of 1914 and played in ten of the eleven matches.

The last of the games, with Strettle in defence, was against Brazil in Rio , the five time World Cup winners first ever match. Exeter lost 2-0. It was a match commemorated this summer when Exeter City returned to the same Fluminense Stadium for a centenary game.

Strettle came back to play every game for Exeter in the 1914/15 season. But like many other footballers he was soon off to the front. In 1915 he enlisted with the Royal Engineers 58th Division Signal Company and served in France and Flanders - one year at Ypres and another on the Somme.

He was awarded the Military Medal in October 1918.

After the War Sammy played for Exeter in the 1919/20 season before leaving to sign for his hometown team Warrington.

After his death in 1926, at the age of 41, Sam Strettle was buried in Warrington Cemetery.





Joyce Willis

Samuel Strettle is a relative of mine. I found this out recently. I'm very proud of him and the team. What great news for me to find out.

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