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Bert Smith

Tottenham Hotspur FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
50% successful

1920-22

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name Bert Smith
Born 6 March 1892 in 1 Cliffe Road, Higham, Kent [registered as 'Birt', in Strood, Kent, March 1892]. Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 register.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Bertie is the fourth of six chidren to William and Emily. His father is an engine driver and they are living at Wharf House in Charlton, London with his uncle and his family.

According to the 1911 census, Bert is a butcher's assistant, living at home with his parents and his elder sisters new family, and two of his younger siblings, at 87 Eastcombe Avenue, Charlton. His father is still an engine driver for the local council. The census reveals that his mother had eight children, and that two have died.

According to the 1939 register, Bert, a football trainer, is married to Grace A.M. and living at 5 Whitehurst Avenue in Hitchin.
Married to Grace A.M. Pearce [registered in Ipswich, December 1917].
Died September 1969, aged 77 years nk days [registered in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, September 1969].
Height/Weight 5' 7", 11st. 5lbs [1913]. 5' 7", 11st. 4lbs [1921].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Started his junior football career in London with Vanbrugh Park FC and Crawford United FC. Also played with London Metropolitan Gas Works FC from where he was invited to join Huddersfield Town AFC on 29 April 1913 as a forward. He had scored eleven goals in his two trial matches with the reserves, eight in one mtach. He played football for the army after his enlistment. Afterwhich, he joined Tottenham Hotspur FC in 1919. Instead of leaving club after failing to break into the forward-line, he reverted to half-back and successfully remained until 1930, making 291 league appearances and still managed nine goals. He joined the Spurs' nursery club Northfleet FC as coach in May 1930. Returned to playing briefly with Sheppey United FC in October 1931. Became the player-coach at Swiss club Young Boys FC from 20 November 1931 until 1934.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1920-21; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1920, winners 1921; Football League Division Two winners 1919-20; Division One runners-up 1921-22;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 409th players (411) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 125, 9 April 1921, Scotland 3 England 0, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 29 years 34 days.
Last match No. 128, 13 March 1922, England 1 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 30 years 7 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1920-21, 1921-22;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After returning from Switzerland in 1934, Smith took up a manager-coach position at Harwich and Parkeston FC, before holding a similar appointment at Stevenage Town FC. A long spell with Hitchin Town FC as trainer and groundsman from 1937 until his retirement in 1966. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.225/226.

 

Bert Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 2 2 180 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Bert Smith - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All - British Championship 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 1 1 0.50 1.50 50.0 =0

 

Bert Smith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1920-21 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1921-22 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 1 1 0.50 1.50 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 1 1 0.50 1.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 1 1 0.50 1.50 50.0 =0

 

Bert Smith - Match History
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 28
- 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury BC HL reserve
- 122 10 April 1920 - England 5 Scotland 4, Hillsborough, Sheffield HW reserve
Age 29
1 125 9 April 1921 - Scotland 3 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start rh
Age 30
2 128 13 March 1922 - England 1 Wales 0, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start rh

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