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Craig Samson

Craig Samson

Scottish footballer
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Occupations Association football player
Countries United Kingdom
Gender male
Birth April 1, 1984 (Irvine)
Craig Samson
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Biography

Craig Ian Samson (born 1 April 1984 in Irvine, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer, who currently plays for Motherwell. Samson is a former Scotland under-21 internationalist, having made six appearances between 2004 and 2005.
He began his career with Kilmarnock, but made only one league appearance and spent time on loan to Queen of the South and St Johnstone before leaving the club in 2005. He then spent a season each with Dundee United, Ross County, Dundee, Hereford United and Ayr United. In 2010, Samson joined St Mirren, where he played for three years and won the Scottish League Cup in 2013. He rejoined his first club, Kilmarnock, in May 2013. Samson left Kilmarnock in August 2015 and subsequently signed for Motherwell.

Career

Early career

Samson began his career with Kilmarnock and made his senior debut on 3 January 2004, in a Scottish Premier League match away to Aberdeen. That turned out to be his only appearance for the club.

In February 2004, Samson moved to Queen of the South on loan and ahead of the 2004–05 season, joined the club on loan again, however he was recalled early by Kilmarnock having only played one match. On 1 January 2005, he went out on loan again, this time to St Johnstone.

In July 2005, after turning down a new contract at Kilmarnock, Samson signed for Dundee United.

On 1 June 2005, Samson joined Ross County On 12 November 2006, Ross County beat Clyde 5–4 on penalties, following a 1–1 draw, with Samson saving penalties from Neil McGregor and Chris Higgins during the shoot-out.

After spending a season with Dundee, Samson moved to England, signing for Hereford in July 2008. Samson left the English club by "mutual consent" in April 2009.

On 7 July 2009, Samson signed for newly promoted Scottish Division One club Ayr United.

St Mirren

On 13 July 2010, Samson signed for Scottish Premier League side St Mirren. After the departure of goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, Samson was made first choice goalkeeper for St Mirren for the 2011–12 season. Samson soon became a fans favourite for his willingness to dribble the ball out of his goal and for his incredible flying saves, after seven early season shut-outs, Samson's form was rewarded with a full international call up on 6 November 2011.

At the end of season 2011–12, Samson had two of his saves nominated for 'SPL Save of the Season', one being a stunning reflex to stop Sone Aluko. Outside the Old Firm, Samson and Motherwell 'keeper Darren Randolph kept the most clean sheets in the division, despite St Mirren finishing 8th in the table. On 17 March 2013, Samson played as St Mirren beat Hearts 3–2 to win the League Cup.

Kilmarnock

After rejecting a new contract offer by St Mirren, 29-year-old Samson signed a two-year deal with Kilmarnock. On 6 August 2015, Samson left Kilmarnock, agreeing a release from his contract having lost his first team place to new signing Jamie MacDonald.

Motherwell

In September 2015, Samson signed a contract with Motherwell. He made his debut on 23 April 2016, in a 1–0 win against Hearts. On 26 May 2016, he signed a new one-year contract with the club.

International career

Having previously played for the Scotland under-21 side, Samson was called into the full Scotland squad in November 2011 and was also named in squads during 2012 and 2015.

Career statistics

As of 1 February 2017
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kilmarnock 2003–04 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Queen of the South (loan) 2003–04 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Queen of the South (loan) 2004–05 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
St Johnstone (loan) 2004–05 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Dundee United 2005–06 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Ross County 2006–07 29 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 35 0
Dundee 2007–08 31 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 36 0
Hereford United 2008–09 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
Ayr United 2009–10 32 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 37 0
St Mirren 2010–11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12 38 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 47 0
2012–13 38 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 46 0
Total 87 0 9 0 8 0 0 0 104 0
Kilmarnock 2013–14 38 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 40 0
2014–15 35 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 73 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 78 0
Motherwell 2015–16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 22 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 28 0
Total 24 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 30 0
Career total 320 0 20 0 22 0 6 0 368 0

Honours

Ross County
  • Scottish Challenge Cup: 2006–07
St Mirren
  • Scottish League Cup: 2012–13

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