CB - CAM - CF
GK - CB - CDM - CAM - CF
Check out this match footage of Sammy, playing at CB, in a pre-season friendly.
Scroll down to learn more about her journey through football.
Sammy's first taste of football was at youth level in Milton Keynes with Woburn Lions in 1996. Playing first in midfield, she captained the side for many years, winning multiple youth awards and accolades, and scoring over 150 goals in 10 years. She then started playing as a Goalkeeper for the latter part of her time with Woburn. Her proficiency between the sticks saw her become 1st choice GK for the Milton Keynes district team, and represent her school - Fulbrook Middle School.
Northampton were the first side to see some talent, but she was instead snapped up South Buckinghamshire's Wycombe Wanderers where she trained at the famous ex-england international centre, Bisham Abbey. She also was part of the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School team that reached the semi finals of the Daily Mail Cup.
She soon found herself at Watford FC progressing through the academy as a promising goalkeeper (pictured playing vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2004). This was where she slowly found herself falling out of love with football. Struggling with addiction, as she came to terms with who she was, and unable to see a future in football, she drifted away from the game she loved as a career seemed possible.
She occasionally played casually, but after starting to transition and after years out of the game - She posted in a facebook group looking for somewhere to play football competitively, and LGBT inclusive side Soho FC answered. She made her debut in the GFSN cup final in 2019, and went on to represent Soho at multiple tournaments, including captaining the side at the GFSN National 7s in Liverpool.
A fresh start in late 2019 saw Sammy transfer to Bristol City's affiliated LGBT side, Bristol Panthers.
"A brilliant bunch of people who made me feel welcome and included." - Sammy Walker on Bristol Panthers
With Sammy playing as a striker, a strong season saw the Panthers enter the 1st lockdown unbeaten in the league and the team reaching it's first GFSN semi-final.
Sammy is currently working her way back from a knee injury, but had been training and taking part in pre-season while awaiting the outcome of the FA's decision on her participation in womens football, following a successful trial at a 3rd tier Women's National League (Premier South) team. She hopes to make her competitive debut in the upcoming 2021/2022 season.
Sammy aims to use her love for football and influence to continue to champion LGBT+ issues and promote equality, diversity and inclusion - both in the beautiful games and wider society.