Chesterfield continue their summer recruitment drive with the capture of central midfielder Sam Togwell and chesterfield-fc.co.uk put the former Scunthorpe man under the spotlight.
Born on 14th October 1984 Sam Togwell started his career as a footballer in the Youth Ranks at Crystal Palace.
Signing professional terms with the Eagles in 2002 Togwell made his debut at the age of seventeen when he came on as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Rotherham.
He made a total of four appearances for Palace including a Carling Cup tie against then European Champions Liverpool.
Togwell was sent on with the instruction to and prevent Steven Gerrard’s forwards runs. Palace won 2-1 and Togwell stated that ‘We beat the European Champions 2-1 so I must have done my job”
Out On Loan
During a four-year spell at Selhurst Park Sam Togwell spent much of that time out on loan hoping to gain experience.
In 2004 he rejected the chance to move on loan to Norwegian side Viking FK opting to join Oxford United instead where he made five appearances before going back to South-London.
Sixteen months later bottom-division Northampton Town was the destination. The initial loan spell was extended to include the Cobbler’s play-off campaign but Sam was unable to prevent his side losing out in the semi-final to Southend United.
Port Vale was the first club that Sam Togwell made a real impression on after he joined on an initial six-week loan in November 2005.
The deal was eventually extended until the end of the 2005-2006 season after Togwell displayed a number of quality performances, including scoring a brace in the F.A Cup Third Round victory over Doncaster Rovers.
The midfielder went on to play a total of twenty-nine times for Vale and was awarded the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for his contribution.
Up to Oakwell
Port Vale were keen to secure Togwell’s signature but after agreeing personal terms the two clubs could not reach an agreement.
Barnsley took advantage and signed the midfielder for an undisclosed fee in 2006.
Sam played a key role in his debut season for the Yorkshire club. The former Palace man racked up fourty-six appearances in total.
Togwell was part of the Barnsley side that reached the F.A Cup semi-final in 2008 but struggled to hold down a regular place and departed Oakwell after two years.
Following his release from Barnsley Scunthorpe signed him up on a two-year deal in 2008.
His first season at Glanford Park was a fruitful one for Togwell. He played fourty-six times in both League and Cup and the Iron ended the season by winning promotion to the Championship after beating Milwall in the League-One play-off Final at Wembley.
Unlike at Barnsley Togwell kicked on from his first season and once again played a pivotal role in Scunthorpe’s campaign, this time in the Championship where he featured on forty-seven occasions.
He tasted relegation with Scunny in 2010-2011 after signing a new two-year at the start of the season.
Last season Togwell played forty-three times in all competitions, helping his team to 18th place in League One. However at the end of the season he was one of ten players to be released by the Lincolnshire club.
Sam Togwell joins Chesterfield on a two–year deal and becomes Manager John Sheridan’s fifth signing of a busy summer.
The midfielder featured in both meetings with Scunthorpe last season, playing the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Glanford Park on New Year’s Eve and coming on as a 78th minute substitute in 4-1 defeat at the B2net.