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Jack Smith

Portsmouth FC

3 appearances, 4 goals (1 on debut)

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 16: A 4
100% successful

1930-31

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name John William Smith
Born 28 October 1898 at 116 Staffords Lane, in Whitburn, county Durham [registered in South Shields, December 1898].

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, John W. is the oldest of two children, both sons, to John W. and Matilda J. His father They live at 116 Staffords Lane in Whitburn. His father is a limestone quarryman.

 

According to the 1911 census, John W. has three more brothers. His father is still working in the limestone quarry, and they live at Wesley Terrace in Whitburn. The census also reveals that John was one of six children, and one had since died. They have one servant, John's cousin, Sophia WIlson.
According to Passenger Lists, John W. Smith was one of eighteen footballers on an FA Tour, courtesy of Canadian Pacific Railway Company, had left the port of Liverpool on 11 May 1931, bound for Montreal, Canada, on the Duchess of Richmond. They returned from Quebec, arriving at Southampton on 23 July 1931, on board the Empress of Britain. He was living at 28 Arthur Street in Whitburn.

 

Cannot be found on the 1939 register, but supposedly a licensee in Eastleigh.

Died 19 January 1977, aged 78 years 83 days [registered in Durham West, March 1977].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 2lbs [1927]. 5' 7", 11st. 10lbs [1934].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Smith began his junior career with locla club Whitburn FC, from where he joined North Shields Athletic FC. In mid-1919, local League club South Shields FC paid a 5 transfer fee. After 261 Division Two appearances, Portsmouth FC, who had recently took Shields' manager, Jack Tinn, then signed Smith on 31 December 1927, and eventually becoming the club captain. He made 260 league appearances, scoring 62 goals, before he moved along the south coast on 1 May 1935 when Bournemouth & Boscombe AFC signed him. Joined Clapton Orient FC on 29 October 1936 as their new captain. He retired from playing when he was released from his contract on 17 February 1937, so he could concentrate on his business, a licensed house, in Eastleigh.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1928-29, 1933-34;
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions One of three footballing brothers, the others being Septimus (Leicester City FC), Tom (Leicester City FC) and Willy (South Shields FC & Portsmouth FC).
Jack and Tom played in the Durham County Cricket League with Whitburn CC in 1929. Jack then represented the City of Portsmouth CC in 1936.

Source

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

England Career

Player number 565th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 178, 17 October 1931, Ireland 2 England 6, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 32 years 354 days.
Last match No. 180, 9 December 1931, England 7 Spain 1, a friendly match at The Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 33 years 42 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1931-32;
Team honours British Championship winners 1931-32;
Individual honours FA Tour of Canada 1931;
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Later a licensee in Eastleigh, Hampshire. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.227.

 

Jack Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
5 3 2 270 4 68 min 2 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.

 

Jack Smith - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 6.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 3 3 0 0 16 4 +12 0 0 5.333 1.333 100.0 +3

 

Jack Smith - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 2 2 0 0 9 3 +6 0 0 4.50 1.50 100.0 +6
Friendly 1 1 0 0 7 1 +6 0 0 7.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 3 3 0 0 16 4 +12 0 0 5.333 1.333 100.0 +3

 

Jack Smith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1931-32 2 2 0 0 9 3 +6 0 0 4.50 1.50 100.0 +6
BC All 2 2 0 0 9 3 +6 0 0 4.50 1.50 100.0 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 9 3 +6 0 0 4.50 1.50 100.0 +6
All 2 2 0 0 9 3 +6 0 0 4.50 1.50 100.0 +6

 

Jack Smith - Match History

 Club: Portsmouth F.C. - three full appearances (270 min), four goals

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x


Age 32
174 22 November 1930 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW reserve
175 28 March 1931 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve
  
1 178 17 October 1931 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 10 ir

Age 33
2 179 18 November 1931 - England 3 Wales 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start 38 ir
3 180 9 December 1931 - England 7 Spain 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 2,38 ir
  

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