Sam Malsom - Prolific Devon Born Wingers Journey Around The Globe Playing Professional Football!
Samuel Andrew Malsom(born 10 November 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Icelandic side Hamar FC. He plays as a winger, attacking midfielder or forward. He also holds an English F.A level 2 coaching license.
Born in Exeter, Malsom started out as a youngster at Broadmeadow AFC. His keen eye for goal and his technical ability on the ball at a young age attracted the interest of professional club Torquay United FC.
Malsom joined their centre of excellence at the age of 12 and played as a central midfielder in the year above his age group! During his time at Torquay he attracted the interest of premier league club Southampton. However, at the age of 16, he had to leave Torquay as they were forced to shut down their football centre of excellence due to financial problems.
At the age of 16 he set up his own coaching business that had 30 - 40 kids attending training sessions. Malsom later took up a coaching role with Torquay United Football in the community while spending time playing local amateur football for Bishopsteignton FC where he won 2 cup finals. It was at this point he realised that he wanted to pursue a career in pro football as apposed to coaching.
Malsom attended Teignmouth Community College where he studied a range of subjects, excelling in P.E. He trained and played for the Devon county team as a school boy on many occasions.
He then decided contact Championship club Plymouth Argyle asking for a trial, who at the time were in the 2nd tier of English football.
Initially told that the club had no space left in their academy, Plymouth scout John James went to watch Malsom playing in the Herald Cup final for Bishopsteignton, during which he scored twice, and invited him to a week-long trial.
He eventually signed with the club on a permanent basis, changing positions from central midfield to play as a forward on the advice of Plymouth youth team manager Stuart Gibson who was impressed with Malsoms pace and eye for goal.
During his time at Plymouth Argyle, Malsom also played under youth team manager Mike Pejic who played for the England National team during the seventies.
Setting Team Records – Prolific Goal Scorer For Championship Side Plymouth Argyle Youth / Reserves
He became a prolific goal scorer for the youth and reserve sides at Plymouth, setting a team record with 29 goals in 24 matches and still holds the record to this day but never made a first team appearance for the club.
The championship club had 9 first team strikers at the time and Malsom was later released by premier league manager Ian Holloway in 2006 after finding first team opportunities rare!
Training Alone & a Trip To Asia
Following his release from Plymouth, Malsom had a flurry of agents interested in signing him as their player to represent. He decided to sign with Key Sports Management, the same company which represents Jamie Vardy & Theo Wallcott. At this point in his career Malsom expresses in a questions and answer interview with “Vital Argyle” that he was training alone or with the help from his brother and felt like his dream of becomming a professional footballer was dying!
But the young ambitious player kept training hard and opportunities abroad opened up for the goal scorer and within a short time period after being let go by Plymouth he flew from London Heathrow to Asia and spent time with DPMM FC in the Malaysian premier league where he met the prince of Brunei who is one of the richest men in the world who owned the club.
In 2008, Forbes ranked him as the world's fourth richest royal, with a net worth of $20 BILLION. The Sultan of Brunei Earns $100 a second from oil earnings and investments.
Malsom also played trial games for premier league side Brighton & Hove Albion, Skonto Riga In Latvia and Aldershot Town. During these trial matches Malsom scored 5 goals and assisted 2. But later went on to sign for B36 Torshavn in the Faroe Island where he continued to score goals!
Malsom Signs Abroad For B36 Torshavn & Makes Appearances In The UEFA Europa League
Malsom's agent later organised a trial with B36 Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, during which he impressed enough for the club to offer him a permanent deal. He mainly played as a winger or attacking midfielder for B36 Torshavn where his performances attracted interest from other Scandinavian clubs.
Malsom trained with the squad at Brondby Stadium before making his first appearance in the competition. The game was live on Danish T.V, Malsom played the full 90 minutes as the lone striker and got positive reviews despite not scoring! It was a close game but B36 Torshavn narrowly lost 1-0 to a header from Brondby & Swedish international defender Max von Schlebrügge.
The year after he travelled with the squad to Georgia near Russia and made 2 more appearances in the UEFA Europa League against Olimpi Rustavi in the capital Tbilisi.
Malsom joined the club in the summer transfer window while they were struggling at the bottom end of the league table.In his first game for the club against KR Reykjavik he ran the length of the pitch as seen in the video below and smashed the ball into the back of the net to score his first goal for the club.
He also went onto score against Fram Reykjavik at the Icelandic Inational team stadium. Malsom managed to rack up a respectable 4 goals in 10 games for the struggling side but unfortunately the club were relegated by 1 point at the end of the season and Malsom decided to moved on.
[VIDEO] Sam Malsom Goals - Iceland
Transfer To The Irish Premier League Falls Through & Time Spent In Sweden
Next up… current England youth team coach and former Portsmouth first team coach, Ian Foster signed Malsom for Dundalk FC in the Irish Premier League but problems with his registration with the Irish F.A meant he wasn't eligible to play until July.
Malsom had to fly back to the UK and signed a short deal with Swedish side Motala AIF where he played on either wing, securing a flurry of man of the match awards and scoring 6 goals.
A Return To The English Football League With Hereford United
In July 2010 Malsom returned to England during the Swedish summer break and after a short trial spell he signed for Hereford United FC.
He played his first pre-season friendly game against premier League side Swansea City and lined up on the same wing against Nathan Dyer.
Malsom made his full competitive debut for Hereford as a substitute in place of Joe Colbeck in a 3–0 defeat to Colchester United in the League Cup on 10 August 2010.
He also made his Football League debut away against Chesterfield in the same month.
Malsom Back To Scoring Goals From The Wing For Weymouth FC and Dorchester Town
Malsom trained hard in the off season after leaving Hereford to get fit after his knee injury then joined Weymouth FC on non-contract terms in August 2011 and quickly became a first team regular.
He went on to sign a permanent contract with the club for rest of the season. Impressive performances and goals including a hattrick against A.F.C Totton again attracted interest from other clubs.
[VIDEO] Malsom Hattrick & Man Of The Match Performance For Weymouth FC
[VIDEO] Sam Malsom Assists & Game Highlights
It was later confirmed he had signed for rivals Dorchester Town for an undisclosed fee in January 2012. Malsom continued to show an eye for goal by scoring 4 goals in 3 friendly games for Dorchester Town, he followed that up with a superb arching volley into the top corner on his league debut against Havant and Waterlooville and a header against Weston Super Mare.
He went on to score 6 goals in 12 games for Dorchester and finished the season with 21 goals for Weymouth & Dorchester combined with majority of performances coming from out wide.
[VIDEO] Dorchester vs Weymouth Local Derby
In 2013 Malsom made appearances in the famous English F.A Cup against Luton Town FC and helped Dorchester knock his former club Plymouth Argyle out of the F.A cup. The club who previously released him when he was a youth player.
Malsom Signs Professional Contract In Cyprus
After spending three seasons in England, scoring 45 goals from either wing and midfield, Malsom eventually made the move abroad again signing professionally for Nikos & Sokratis Erimis FC in the Cyprus Championship.
He had a very successful start to the Cypriot season scoring 8 goals in 10 games from right and left wing before the Christmas break. Malsom was the league’s top goal scorer in the 2nd division with a flurry of 1st division Cypriot clubs interested in signing him. His most memorable game was when he scored a fantastic brace late on in a dramatic 4-4 draw against Paphos FC who now play in the Cypriot 1st division after being 4-2 down.
It was later confirmed Malsom signed for Omonia Aradepou FC with Malsom claiming the number 7 shirt on the right wing. Malsom enjoyed a good start in his career with his new club and scored against Cypriot giants APOEL in a pre-season friendly.
Malsoms Dad, Steve flew out to Cyprus to watch and support his son as seen in the photo below.
During Malsom's time in Cyprus he also made appearances against Cypriot GIANTS Anorthesis Famagusta FC and AEK Larnaca in the Cypriot Cup but unfortunately damaged ankle ligaments which meant he missed the start of the Cypriot league campaign and stopped him from performing to level he was accustom to.
Malsom Returns To Iceland – Player & Youth Coaching Role
In early 2018, he signed for Icelandic side Hamar FC where he's scored 32 goals in 35 games from the wing.
He also coaches the young kids in the Hamar youth set-up and holds a level 2 English F.A coaching license.
Malsom scored 2 fantastic goals against an Icelandic first division team in the Icelandic cup and he mentions in a Q & A interview with www.EnglishPlayersAbroad.com that after that game people from the club nicknamed him "Sam Salah" because of his chip over the goalkeeper similar to Mo Salahs goal vs Man City.
During the 2019 Icelandic pre-season period, Malsom travelled to Barcelona, Spain for a pre-season training tour with the squad and continues to score on a regular basis for the club. His ambition is to help the club get promoted this season.