The Former footballer and Wolves manager, Sammy Chung died at the age of 90. Sammy was a football pioneer with more than 300 appearances as a footballer and fantastic skills, his death has left us in awe. Read more to know about his career, personal life and how he died.
Born to a Chinese father and English mother, Sammy was the second Anglo-Chinese professional footballer in England. His career as a footballer lies between 1950 and 1965 in Reading, Norwich, and Watford. But he is remembered due to his time in Wolves as a manager. During his reign in 1977-78, Wolves came to the 15th position.
How did Sammy Chung die?
Wolves have tweeted confirming the death of their former manager at the age of 90 on Monday.
Wolves mentioned on their official website, “On Sunday, Chung passed away peacefully in his sleep, following a long illness. The thoughts of everyone at Wolves are with Sammy’s family and friends at this sad time.”
All at Wolves FPA are saddened to hear of the passing of Sammy Chung at the age of 90 following a long illness. Sammy was assistant to Bill McGarry for the 1974 League Cup win and later became manager himself, guiding the team to promotion to the top flight in the 1976/77 season pic.twitter.com/KxZiJcFrSU— Wolves FPA (@WolvesFPA) August 30, 2022
According to the statements, he died in his sleep in a nursing home on August 28, 2022. Sammy Chung was known to be ill from a long time and probably his age may be one reason to his health issues.
Many tributes are shared in from Clubs like Watford, Doncaster Rovers FC, Leicester City and others.
All at Rovers are saddened to hear of the death of our former manager Sammy Chung#drfc https://t.co/74R0rLlYlz— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) August 30, 2022
Everything About Sammy Chung
Sammy was the second Anglo-Chinese professional footballer of England and a manager at Wolves. He was one of the most famous professional footballers of his time.
Born on 16th July 1932 in Abingdon, the United Kingdom to a Chinese father and English mother and he was interested in Sports from his childhood.
His Career As A Footballer:
Sammy started his career with local side Abingdon Town and ten Southern League side Headington United. He joined Reading in 1953, his professional start was when he scored 4 goals in 5 appearances between 1953-54. After scoring 8 in the first 17 games, he shifted to Norwich City. He continued playing 16 times in 1855-56 and 11 times in 1956-57 as the Canaries finished bottom of the Third Division. In the year 1957, he moved to Watford and continued playing here till the last day of his career.
Everyone at Watford FC is saddened to learn of the passing of Cyril (Sammy) Chung, aged 90.— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 30, 2022
A pioneering presence in the English game, Sammy Chung was just the second Anglo-Chinese player to appear in league football.
Rest in peace, Sammy. 💛
As A Manager
After leaving his career as a footballer, he joined Watford as a coach under manager Bill McGarry. He assisted McGarry in Ipswich Town as well. There, they won promotion to the First Division as the champions in the year 1968.
He briefly served as the manager of the Swedish team IFK Vaster. After that he assisted McGarry in Wolverhampton Wanderers as well. In the 1974 league, he led the Wolves to victory which later on earned him the position of manager in the Wolves in 1976, after McGarry departed.
He also won promotion to the top flight as Second Division champions in the first season and led the club to 15th position in 1977-78.
Later on, in the following season, the club got defeated in 11 matches out of 1 and he moved from position as the manager of Wolves in 1978. Later on, he worked as a coach and backroom staff in several organizations including the managerial jobs at Tamworth and Doncaster Rovers, coaching in UAE and serving as a director of football in Barbados.
After 2005, he took complete retirement from football and all managerial positions and used to work in a children’s home. About his personal life, no details are disclosed, there is no information disclosed about his married and if he had kids.
Sammy Chung was a pioneer in the football world, and was an important figure in the early days of football. He was an innovator on the field and will be missed by all who knew him. We would like to express our condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time.