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England Captains - Gilbert Smith

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Gilbert Smith Profile

Full name Gilbert Oswald Smith
Popular name Gilbert Smith
Born  25 November 1872 in Croydon
Died 6 December 1943

Club Career while Captain

Club(s) Oxford University FC, Old Carthusians FC and Corinthians FC
Distinctions -

England Career as Captain

Captain number 25th player to captain England.
Player number 204th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match Possibly no. 56, 7 March 1896, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast; aged 23 years 104 days.
Possibly no. 57, 16 March 1896, Wales 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Arms Park, Cardiff; aged 23 years 113 days.
No. 58, 4 April 1896, Scotland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Parkhead, Glasgow; aged 23 years 132 days.
Last match No. 73, 30 March 1901, England 2 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London; aged 28 years 125 days.
Major tournaments None.
Team honours None.
Individual honours 20 full caps for England, 11 goals.  Captained the side at least 13 times, possibly as much as 16 times.
Distinctions

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Gilbert Smith - Captain's Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 5 1 1 32 7 +25 0 3 4.571 1.000 78.6 +4
Away 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 0 2 1.833 1.500 58.3 +1
All 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5

 

Gilbert Smith - Captain's Record  - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5
All 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5

 

Gilbert Smith - Captain's Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1895-96 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.000 2.000 00.0 -1
BC 1896-97 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 0 2 3.667 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1897-98 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 1 3.000 1.000 100.0 +2
BC 1898-99 3 3 0 0 19 3 +16 0 1 6.333 1.000 100.0 +3
BC 1899-1900 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 0 1 1.333 1.667 50.0 =0
BC 1900-01 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.000 2.000 50.0 =0
BC All 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5
All 13 8 2 3 43 16 +27 0 5 3.308 1.231 69.2 +5

 

Gilbert Smith - Captain History
Club:  Oxford University FC, Old Crthusians FC & Corinthians FC - at least 1 captaincy
Selector: F.A. International Select Committee  - at least 13 captaincies
Cap No. Opponent Date Venue Type F A Res. Details Shirt
1 ? 56 Ireland 07-Mar-1896 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London BC 1 2 AL Start
5th app
CF
The captaincy was probably given to George Raikes, at least according to Irish Saturday Night and The Irish TimesThe London Times gives a first captaincy to Gilbert Smith, and Vaughan Lodge is also a possibility.  Many other sources do not specify any captain.
1 ? 57 Wales 16-Mar-1896 Arms Park, Cardiff BC 9 1 AW Start
6th app
CF
Football historian Cris Freddi, himself the author of a book on the England team, has done extensive research in the English and Irish newspapers of the time and has not found a single contemporaneous record of England's captain for this match.
1 58 Scotland 04-Apr-1896 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London BC 1 2 AL Start
7th app
CF
Club:  Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians - at least 12 captaincies
2 59 Ireland 20-Feb-1897 Hillsborough, Sheffield BC 6 0 HW Start
8th app
CF
3 60 Wales 29-Mar-1897 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London BC 4 0 HW Start
9th app
CF
4 61 Scotland 03-Apr-1897 Hillsborough, Sheffield BC 1 2 HL Start
10th app
CF
5 62 Ireland 05-Mar-1898 Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London BC 3 2 AW Start
11th app
CF
6 63 Wales 28-Mar-1898 Hillsborough, Sheffield BC 3 0 AW Start
12th app
CF
7 ? 64 Scotland 02-Apr-1898 Parkhead, Glasgow BC 3 1 AW Start
13th app
CF
The London Times and Sporting Life say Gilbert Smith was captain, but the Northern Whig and the Ulster Football & Cycling News say Wreford-Brown, as does The Sportsman, Glasgow Herald, and Manchester Guardian. The Guardian sums it up: 'Wreford-Brown, the captain, was said to be the weak spot...but he justified his selection.'  The FA's own minutes, also confirm Wreford-Brown as captain.
7 65 Ireland 18-Feb-1899 Roker Park, Sunderland BC 13 2 HW Start
14th app
CF
8 66 Wales 20-Mar-1899 Ashton Gate, Bristol BC 4 0 HW Start
15th app
CF
9 67 Scotland 08-Apr-1899 Villa Park, Birmingham BC 2 1 HW Start
16th app
CF
10 68 Ireland 17-Mar-1900 Hillsborough, Sheffield BC 2 0 AW Start
17th app
CF
11 69 Wales 26-Mar-1900 Arms Park, Cardiff BC 1 1 AD Start
18th app
CF
12 70 Scotland 07-Apr-1900 Parkhead, Glasgow BC 1 4 AL Start
19th app
CF
13 73 Scotland 30-Mar-1901 The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London BC 2 2 HD Start
20th app
CF

Notes

[Biographical sketch to come]

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