Sammy Pavis - (1943 - 2019) - 225 Linfield Goals

Posted : 4th July 2019 at 13:55:48

The following article is provided by way of tribute to and in honour of the legendary Sammy Pavis who sadly passed away this morning, aged 76.

The article featuring full details on the playing career of Sammy was first published on this website on May 19, 2018.

In May 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast the Torrans Trophy was presented to Sammy Pavis, the Linfield centre forward of the 1965-70 period.

The trophy is named after one of the founding fathers of the club John Torrans and is presented to a Linfield personality who in the view of the club's directors has achieved legendary status.

Sammy "Save us" Pavis was also awarded Life membership of the club in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the club's colours.

Sammy follows some of the greatest names in this club's history who've also been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame, courtesy of the award of this prestigious Torrans Trophy tonight.

Other names engraved on the prestigious Torrans Trophy before Sammy Pavis include - Noel Bailie MBE, Martin McGaughey, Glenn Ferguson, Tommy Dickson, Isaac Andrews, Alex Russell, Peter Rafferty, George Dunlop, Bobby Braithwaite and Billy Murray.

The following details on the career of Sammy Pavis are provided courtesy of the handwritten personal records of the former chairman, the late David Crawford.

Sammy Pavis was born on March 4, 1943 and the East Belfast man started his football journey with Lombard Boys' club.

He was with Distillery between 1959 and 1962 and spent 10 weeks at Crusaders in 1962 and an 8 week trial at Scunthorpe, before signing for Glentoran between 1962 and 1965.

At the Oval, he won Irish League, City Cup and Gold Cup winners medals.

In 74 appearances for Glentoran, he scored 54 goals, including 38 in season 1963/64.

He earned 2 Youth international caps in 1960/61 while with Distillery and a boys cap against England, as well as a junior international cap in 1963.

Sammy signed for Linfield on January 7, 1965 where he remained until until May 1970 when he joined Crusaders.

Two days after signing, he scored on his Linfield debut in a 4-1 home league win against former club Glentoran on January 9, 1965 and with Linfield he earned the following honours.

1967/68 - 4th in European golden boot award, behind the legendary Eusebio.

2 Irish League winners medals - 1965/66 and 1968/69.

Irish cup winners medal after a 2-1 win against Ballymena United at Solitude on April 4, 1970.

2 Inter league caps against the Scottish league and the League of Ireland in 1967/68.

An Amateur international cap against England in 1967.

3 Gold cup winners medals in 1965/66, 1967/68 and 1968/69.

Sammy scored in the 6-0 final win against Portadown at the Oval on December 1, 1965.

He played in the 3-2 final win against Ards at the Oval on November 29, 1967

He played in the 2-1 final replay win against Glentoran at the Oval on December 4, 1968

An Ulster cup winners medal in 1967/68.

A City cup winners medal in 1967/68.

Top four cup winners medals in 1966/67 and 1967/68.

He played in a 2-1 final win against Coleraine at Solitude on May 17, 1967

He scored in the 3-1 final replay win against Coleraine at Solitude on May 30, 1968

Runners up medal following a 2-1 defeat by Derry City at Solitude on May 6, 1966

County Antrim Shield winners medals in 1965/66 and 1966/67.

Sammy scored a hat trick in a 4-0 final win against Ballymena on May 14, 1966 at Solitude.

Sammy scored 4 in a 5-3 final win against Crusaders at the Oval on May 13, 1967

2 Irish league runners-up and 2 Irish cup runners up medals (a 2-0 defeat by Glentoran in 1966 and a 2-0 defeat by Crusaders in 1968).

He scored 225 goals in 260 appearances for Linfield, including 4 goals in 11 European appearances.

Sammy scored in a 3-3 European Cup draw away to Aris Bonnevoie of Luxembourg on September 7, 1966 and in the 6-1 win in the home return leg a week later.

He scored in the 4-1 win away to Valarengen of Norway in the next round on October 26, 1966 and he played in the return home leg on November 8, 1966 but did not feature in the quarter final ties against CSKA Sofia in March 1967.

His other European goal came in a Fairs Cup 5-1 defeat away to Lokomotive Leipzig of then East Germany on September 19, 1967 and he played in the 1-0 win in the return leg on October 4, 1967.

He played in both legs of the Fairs Cup ties against Vitoria Setubal of Portugal in September / October 1968.

He played in both legs of the European Cup ties against Red Star Belgrade in September / October 1969

He scored 5 goals in a 7-2 home league win against Cliftonville on October 8, 1966.

His 100th goal for Linfield came in December 1966 in his 96th game, while he scored his 200th goal for the club in his 191st game on October 19, 1968.

A closer look at his season by season stats includes

1964/65 - 16 appearances and 9 goals

1965/66 - 54 appearances and 63 goals

1966/67 - 50 appearances and 58 goals

1967/68 - 53 appearances (2 as sub) and 56 goals

1968/69 - 32 goals

1969/70 - 39 appearances and 29 goals

He was leading goalscorer for Linfield in 5 consecutive seasons - 1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69 and 1969/70.

He was a Northern Ireland Snooker champion and the proprietor of a snooker club in East Belfast. He was also the owner of a plumbing business. In 2011, he was named as number 16 in a poll of the 25 Greatest Linfield players to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Linfield FC. The poll was chaired by Malcolm Brodie MBE, the legendary former sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph.

There have been many great names in the proud and illustrious history of Linfield FC and there is no doubt that Sammy Pavis is richly deserving of the Honour that has been bestowed on him the night by the club he served with such great distinction in the late 1960s.
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