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Sammy Chessell

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Full nameSamuel Chessell
Place of birthShirebrook, England
Place of deathShirebrook, England
Playing positionFull-back

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Samuel "Sammy" Chessell (9 July 1921 14 March 1996) was an English footballer who played for Mansfield Town as a right-back. A native of nearby Shirebrook, he joined Mansfield in 1942 as a forward, and played 62 wartime matches for the Stags, scoring ten goals.

When the war came to an end, Chessell, by now converted to a full-back, played his first "official" match for Mansfield on 17 November 1945 against Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Cup. He scored his first peacetime goal for the club in a league match against Leyton Orient near the end of the 1946 47 season.

Chessell was ever-present in the 1950 51 season, forming a fine full-back partnership with Don Bradley, when Mansfield finished second in Division Three North and reached the fifth round of the FA Cup. He suffered a broken leg on Christmas Day 1951 against Hartlepools United, but recovered in time for his testimonial against Derby County in April 1952.

Chessell left Mansfield in August 1954, having played 281 peacetime games for the club, scoring seven goals. He later settled in his home village of Shirebrook where he worked at the local colliery. He died in March 1996, aged 74.

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