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Remembering Our Heroes: Sam Lyon

4 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...


Making his debut on Christmas Day 1912 against Stockport County, Sam Lyon joined Hull City from his hometown club Prescot Athletic.

He also started the Boxing Day fixture and scored his only goal for the club in a 3-1 victory over Bristol City at Anlaby Road. The centre forward joined Barnsley in June 1914 and made eight starts, scoring three goals during the 1914/15 season.

Lyon was widely reported to have died on the first day of the Somme offensive in July 1916, while serving the Middlesex Regiment’s Footballers Battalion. However, this information was incorrect and were proven by the man himself in 1948.

He actually served in the 10th East Yorkshire Regiment and received serious injuries that required 15 months spent in French and English hospitals. Between 1909 and 1913, Lyon also served in the Territorial Army.

After the end of World War One and recovering from his injuries, Lyon worked as a wholesale fish merchant and later became a prominent bowls player, representing Yorkshire in 1948 against a South Africa touring side, before winning the Fish Trade Cup a year later.

Lyon spent his later years in Cottingham and sadly passed away in December 1977, a few weeks shy of his 88th birthday.


Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.

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