Sammy Brooks was a diminutive winger who impressed Spurs when they played Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1921 FA Cup final and they bought him a year later, but the move didn't really pay off for either party.
Starting his career in his native Staffordshire, Sammy played for Brierley Hill Corinthians, Brierley Hill Alliance, Bilston United and Cradley Heath St. Lukes, before joining Wolves as a professional in August 1910. Made his debut in January 1912 and went on to make 224 League appearances for Wolves scoring 50 goals in the process. In his last season at Molineux, there were two of his brothers on the club's playing staff.
Brooks was in the Wolves side that met Spurs in the FA Cup final of 1921 and lost by the only goal of the game, but his performance was good enough to persuade Spurs to part with £500 to sign the winger the following year. He made his debut in September of that year and went on to play ten league matches in two seasons, while scoring eight goals in 47 second XI performances.
Having played his last league game for the club in November 1923, Sammy went on loan to Kidderminster Harriers and following his return to Spurs, left to join Southend United in December 1924, scoring two goals in 12 games for the Shrimpers.
After his time at Roots Hall, Sammy spent spells at Normanby Park Steel Works, Cradley Heath Alliance and Stourbridge, before ending his playing days with a return to Kidderminster.
Sammy Brooks died on 13th January 1960 in Wolverhampton.