Sam was a local cowman who lived nearly all of his life at Tinsley Green, the exception being a short spell with the British Army in India. When marbles were revived in the 1930âs Sam used the same tolley that he had used when he was champion in the 1880âs, some 45 years before.
In 1935 Sam along with Ted Mobsby who organized the championships from 1935 until 1946, was asked to appear on the popular radio program âIn Town Tonight". At the rehearsal all went well, with Ted running his finger along the lines of the script for old Samâs eyes to focus on. When the show went on the air, Ted continued to do the same until Sam remonstrated, âMove your bloody finger, Ted Iâve read that bit before". After the producer commented that it was one of the most natural interviews he had ever heard!
Sam died in 1946 at the age of 85 and a plaque to his memory is now displayed outside the Greyhound overlooking his beloved marbles ring.