Sam Rooney was the youngest of the Rooney brothers and, like Teddy and Robert, ’they shared their father’s love of cricket with Sam making four appearances for Glamorgan during the 1890s.
He was the least talented of the Rooney clan, but nevertheless, Sam had the distinction to make his Glamorgan debut on their visit to Lord’s in August 1893 with his call-up into the side to play the MCC stemmed from some decent performances in the Cardiff and District League for St. Paul’s CC, St. Andrew’s CC and Penarth CC.
A fortnight later, Sam appeared as well in the scratch county XI which played a Cardiff and District XI at the Arms Park, whilst the following summer he also played for Glamorgan against Monmouthshire in their Minor County friendly at Swansea, with Sam making 2 and 14 in what proved to be his final game for the Welsh county.
Despite not appearing again at county level, Sam continued to feature in local club cricket and played for Cardiff CC, besides playing a leading role in the family’s building business with Sam becoming a successful architect.
Born – Llandaff, December 1874.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 14 v Monmouthshire at St. Helen’s, Swansea, 1894.