The older brother of legendary Manchester City and United Welsh international Billy Meredith, Trefonen, Shropshire born right back Sam Meredith joined Chirk in 1894 and first played for Wales when a Chirk player, being capped against Scotland in a 5-2 defeat at Pittodrie in February 1900. In the 1901 close season he was signed by First Division Stoke, making his Football League debut at Sheffield United that September. He was a regular in his first season at the Victoria Ground making 31 appearances in 1901-02 but then was used as back-up by manager Horace Austerberry for the next 3 seasons. He left in 1904 for Southern League Leyton having played 50 matches for Stoke, becoming club captain and being described in 1907 as “the mainstay of his club’s defence” and he continued to play for them for several seasons before his retirement from club football. He won his last cap of 8 appearances f0r Wales against England in March 1907.