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Gilbert Smith

Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC

20 appearances, 11 goals

P 20 W 13 D 4 L 3 F 71: A 23
75% successful

1893-1901

disciplined: none
captaincies:
13-15
minutes played:
1755

Profile

Full name Gilbert Oswald Smith MA
Born 25 November 1872 in Croydon, Surrey [registered in Croydon, December 1872].

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, Gilbert is the youngest of eight children to scotsman Robert and Margaret. Living at Chesham House in Croydon along with four four servants.  His father is a retired Indian Merchant.

According to the 1891 census, Gilbert is a scholar at Charterhouse School, and is still living with five older siblings and now his widowed mother.  With five servants also living at Kilcott, Holloway Vale in Godalming.

According to the 1901 census, Gilbert Oswald was an assistant schoolmaster, alongside William J. Oakley, both living at Tent Cottage at the Ludgrove Preparatory School.

According to the 1911 census, Gilbert is the headmaster at the Ludgrove Preparatory School, William Oakley is one of his assistants.

Died 6 December 1943 at his home, Pennington in Lymington, Hampshire, aged 71 years 11 days [registered in New Forest, December 1943]. Left £60,314 in his will.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 10st. 9lbs [1901].

Source

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

Biographies Smith, Gilbert Oswald (1872-1943) - Edward Grayson (Oxford University Press, 2004); - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Club Career

Club(s) Attended and played football at Charterhouse School, making the football team in 1889, and Captaining the team from 1890-92. Went on to attend Keble College at Oxford University, earning his blue between 1893 and 1896, being the Captain in the final year. He became an Old Carthusian, and also played magnificently for the Corinthians FC, a 113 goals in 141 matches, between 1892 and 1903.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup runners-up 1894-95, winner 1896-97;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played cricket for Oxford University (1895-96), Surrey CC (three matches, 1896) and Hertfordshire CC

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 199th players (204) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right, Centre-forward
First match No. 47, 25 February 1893, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Wellington Road Football Ground, Perry Barr, Birmingham, aged 20 years 92 days.
Last match No. 73, 30 March 1901, England 2 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London, aged 28 years 125 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1892-93, 1893-94, 1894-95, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1899-1900, 1900-01;
Team honours British Championship winners 1892-93, 1894-95, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Cousin of Charles Smith

Beyond England

A schoolmaster by profession. He was joint head of the Ludgrove preparatory school alongside Bill Oakley. The pair also shared the Corinthians' secretaryship (1898-1902) and the writing of a book Association Football. He is the main figure  in Edward Grayson's admirable Corinthians and Cricketers (Naldrett Press, 1955). - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.226.

 

Gilbert Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
20 20 20 1755 11 160 min 11 13
poss. 15
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.

 

Gilbert 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 9 6 2 1 39 9 +30 0 3 4.333 1.00 77.8 +5
Away 11 7 2 2 32 14 +16 0 3 2.091 1.273 72.7 +5
All - British Championship 20 13 4 3 71 23 +46 0 6 3.55 1.15 75.0 +10

 

Gilbert Smith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1893-94 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 0 0 3.50 1.50 75.0 +1
BC 1894-95 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1895-96 3 2 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 4.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1896-97 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 0 2 2.667 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1897-98 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 0 1 3.00 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1898-99 3 3 0 0 19 3 +16 0 1 6.333 1.00 100.0 +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 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC All 20 13 4 3 71 23 +46 0 6 3.55 1.15 75.0 +10
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 20 13 4 3 71 23 +46 0 6 3.55 1.15 75.0 +10
All 20 13 4 3 71 23 +46 0 6 3.55 1.15 75.0 +10

 

Gilbert Smith - Match History

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 20 full capsx

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C., Old Carthusians F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 20 full caps  
Age 20
1 47 25 February 1893 - England 6 Ireland 1, Wellington Road Football Ground, Birmingham BC HW Start 43 ir
Age 21
2 51 12 March 1894 - Wales 1 England 5, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start cf
3 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow AD Start cf
Age 22
4 54 18 March 1895 - England 1 Wales 1, Recreation Ground, Queen's Club BC HD Start cf
Age 23
5 56 7 March 1896 - Ireland 0 England 2, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AW Capt? 40 cf
The captaincy was probably given to George Raikes, at least according to Irish Saturday Night and The Irish Times. However, the London Times gives a first captaincy to Gilbert Smith, yet, Vaughan Lodge is also a possibility.
6 57 16 March 1896 - Wales 1 England 9, Cardiff Football Ground, Cardiff BC AW Capt? 15, 43 cf
The captaincy is not known in this match, but it is probably Gilbert Smith.
7 58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AL Captain cf
Age 24
8 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham BC HW Captain cf
9 60 29 March 1897 - England 4 Wales 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield HW Capt inj. off 45 cf
10 61 3 April 1897 - England 1 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge HL Captain cf
Age 25
11 62 5 March 1898 - Ireland 2 England 3, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AW Capt 40 cf
12 63 28 March 1898 - Wales 0 England 3, The Racecourse,  Wrexham AW Capt 88 cf
13 64 2 April 1898 - Scotland 1 England 3, Celtic Park, Glasgow AW Start cf
Age 26
14 65 18 February 1899 - England 13 Ireland 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Captain
32,59,60,63
cf
15 66 20 March 1899 - England 4 Wales 0, Ashton Gate, Bristol HW Captain cf
16 67 6 April 1899 - England 2 Scotland 1, Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham HW Capt 25 cf
Age 27
17 68 17 March 1900 - Ireland 0 England 2, Lansdowne Road, Dublin BC AW Captain cf
18 69 26 March 1900 - Wales 1 England 1, Cardiff Football Ground, Cardiff AD Captain cf
19 70 7 April 1900 - Scotland 4 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow AL Captain cf
Age 28
20 73 30 March 1901 - England 2 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge BC HD Captain cf

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