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Vinny Samways

Personal information
Full nameVincent Samways
Date of birth27 October 1968(age 48)
Place of birthBethnal Green, London, England
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionCentral midfielder

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Vincent "Vinny" Samways (born 27 October 1968) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Samways was born in Bethnal Green, London, and began his football career in Tottenham Hotspur's youth system. He won the FA Cup with Tottenham in 1991, and helped them reach the semi-finals of the competition in 1993. He was a regular player in the side which reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup during the 1991 92 season.

Samways was put on the transfer list in the 1992 close season, but was taken off it at his own request and would spent a further two seasons at White Hart Lane.

He joined Everton in 1994, and scored the only goal of the 1995 Charity Shield to defeat league champions Blackburn Rovers. In the 1995 96 season, he spent time on loan at Division One sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.

Unable to settle at Everton, Samways enjoyed a degree of success in Spain with UD Las Palmas during the late 1990s and early 2000s, where he was team captain and played a key role in the Canary Islands side. In 2002 03, he played ten league games with Sevilla FC, becoming the first English man to play in the Sevilla derby again Real Betis. He then returned to England, where he spent the 2003 04 season with Walsall in Division One.

He then went back to Spain, joining lower league side Algeciras CF, and retired in 2005 aged 36.

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