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Sporting Sam (Reg Wootton 1908 - 1995)

Reg Wootton original Sporting Sam cartoon strip artwork.

Reg Wootton became a regular artist of the Sunday Express in 1931. He created the famous 'Sporting Sam' strip two years later, which was published on the back page of the Sunday Express. 'Sporting Sam' was a pantomime, like a lot of sporting strips, and the half-pint hero, Sam, never broke his silence during all those gags. Wootton was interested in all sports but cricket was his first love. He played for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Barnet, and Totteridge Cricket Club. He played Rugby for his school but switched to Football when he left and kept goal for local sides.