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Bob Chapman (full name Robert Dennis Chapman, but who was often known as Sammy Chapman – born 18 August 1946) is a footballer who played as a defender in the Football League during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably with Nottingham Forest.

Bob Chapman
Personal information
Full name Robert Dennis Chapman
Date of birth (1946-08-18)18 August 1946
Place of birth Aldridge, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1977 Nottingham Forest 359 (17)
1977–1978 Notts County 42 (0)
1978–1980 Shrewsbury Town 37 (6)
1979Tulsa Roughnecks (loan)[1] 30 (7)
Burton Albion ?
1981– Shepshed Charterhouse
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He made his debut for Forest in 1964 at the age of 17 years 5 months. At the time this made him the youngest ever Forest player. He made 422 senior appearances for the club and was club captain. He scored 23 Forest goals.[2] In 1977 Forest won promotion back to the top flight. That was his last season at Forest.[3]

He joined Notts County staying there for a year.[4] He next moved to Shrewsbury Town for his last two seasons of senior football.[3]

He moved to non-league Burton Albion before in July 1981 he joined Shepshed Charterhouse[5]



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  2. ^ Times – Forest Top 50 (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Bob Chapman at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  4. ^ "Where are they now (A-H)". Nottingham Forest. Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Saints Review, Arnold F.C Programme, 27 October 1981
  6. ^ Michael Austin (28 July 1996). "Tour pair retire hurt". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2012.