A war-time guest who played just one game for Tottenham, Sam Jennings had a long career as a player and coach/manager after he hung up his boots. Averaging a goal every two games, he was a tall, prolific centre forward, but sadly, he was killed in action in World War II.
His game with Spurs came before he was a regular for any club, having played for local sides Highbury Vale Methodists, Basford United, the 5th Reserve Battalion Coldstream Guards and Basford National Ordnance Factory.
His first proper club was Norwich City, who he joined in 1919 and a year later, he was signed by Middlesbrough. Staying on Teesside for a season, he next moved on to West Ham United, where he spent his customary season before upping sticks for Brighton. At the Goldstone Ground, Sam settled for three years and had a goal-filled spell there, twice finishing as the club's top scorer.
In 1928 he signed for Nottingham Forest, but this was another one season stop, before he went to Port Vale for two years - one of which saw them win the Third Division North. Stockport County was his next port of call and after a year there, he stopped briefly at Burnley on the way to Marseille in the first season of a professional league in France and then onto Second Division Club Francais, having a season at each club.
His career wound down at non-league Scarborough and Wisbech Town.
While he was at Marseille, he became an "instructor" and then was secretary/coach at Wisbech Town, coach at Glentoran and manager of Rochdale in 1937-38.
Sam Jennings died on 26th August 1944.