Sam Downey

Personal Information

  • Central Midfield
  • D.O.B: 15/05/1994
  • Weight: 77kg
  • Height: 183cm

Lincoln City (2010 - 2012)

I worked my way through the youth system at Lincoln City, spending 11 years at the League 2 club in total. At the age of 15 the quality of my performances were recognized when I was awarded player of the academy shortly before being offered a two year scholarship for the U18s. From this point onwards I went on to have two very successful years in youth team and reserve football, playing a vital role in the only Lincoln City side to win the Youth Alliance Cup as well as achieving the highest ever league finish.

U18s (2010-2012)

App — 46 - Goals - 16 - Assists - 19

Reserves (2010-2012)

App - 22 -Goals - 4 - Assists 11

IFK Holmsund (2012 - 2013)

It was here in Sweden where was I was really able to develop the technical aspects of my game. I was taught the importance of ball retention, and learn´t how to be patient in build up play and how to use the ball effectively to break the opponents down. As well as this I was able to use my best attributes, in the way of ball winning, tackling, and work rate, to pressure the opponents in ways they had not dealt with before due to the slower paced nature of the Swedish game. As a result of my performances at IFK Holmsund I went on trial to higher division side Boden BK, where I turned down a contract for the rest of the season to return home and take up the option of furthering my education at University.

IFK Holmsund - App 19 Goals - 4 Assits - 9

Loughborough University (2013 - 2015)

During my time at Loughborough, the highest ranked football university team in the UK, I played a vital role in a two year spell at the club which saw very successful runs in the National Championships Final two years running, as well as two league titles. Loughborough´s ball possession philosophy further allowed the technical aspects of my game to develop, and it is here where I believe I became well-rounded central midfielder.

Loughborough University (2013 - 2015)

App - 68 Goals - 20 Assists - 23

Leiknir Reykjavík

I played for Icelandic Premier League side Leikner Reykjavik in the summer of 2015 in the Pepsi-deildin. Here, I played 16 games, scoring 4 goals and assisting 4. I signed for Gallivare Malmbergets FF of the Swedish Second division as a result of my form in Iceland. Leiknir Reykjavík

App – 16 Goals – 4 Assist – 4

Gallivare Malmbergets FF (2015)

I signed for Gallivare Malmbergets FF the summer of 2015 and have enjoyed a short spell at the club so far, playing a central role in a possession based team.

Gallvare Malmbergets

FF - App 9 Goals 1 Assits 3

Playing at Lincoln City and Loughborough University really allowed me to develop the physical aspects of my game due to the aggressive and fast paced nature of the English game, whereas my time in Sweden taught me the importance of retaining possession and really allowing me to become an all round midfielder. I am a box to box midfielder, with high energy and tackling abilities that allow me to win the ball all over the pitch .Im also very comfortable on the ball with both feet with a good range of passing. My energy levels allows me to get into positions around the box and chip in with a good share of goals,which can be seen by my goal a game ratio.

Corby Town FC

I signed for Corby Town in the National League North mid way through the season after deciding not to renew my contract with Gallivare Malmberget FF. I went on to make 19 appearances for Corby Town, scoring 2 and assisting 6 in the process. I was suited to this league extremely well due to the physical and fast paced nature of the league in which I can use my high energy and work rate to be successful. Corby Town FC (2015/16)

App – 19 Goals – 2 Assist - 6

North Ferriby United

I began pre season with National League side North Ferriby United with a view to a permanent deal for the 2016 season. After featuring heavily in every pre-season game, including a 4-1 win over league 2 Grimsby, I opted to leave due to complications within the deal. North Ferriby United.

App – 6 Goals – 2 Assist – 0.