Alf Smith (footballer, born 1880)

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Alf Smith
Personal information
Full name Alfred Smith[1]
Date of birth 1880
Place of birth Longton, England[1]
Date of death 1944 (aged 64)[1]
Playing position Inside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902 Burton United 0 (0)
1903–1906 Stoke 3 (0)
Wrexham
Crewe Alexandra
1910–1915 Stoke 138 (67)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alfred "Alf" Smith (1880 – 1944) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke.[1]

Career[edit]

Smith Initially signed for Stoke from Burton United in 1904, he made his League debut against Nottingham Forest in March 1904 but however he failed to impress the management team and left for Wrexham.[1] Four years later, after serving with Crewe Alexandra he returned to the Victoria Ground, a much wiser and experienced footballer.[1] In the 1910–11 season Smith scored an impressive 35 goals in 44 games for Stoke. Whilst he struggled to reach them highs in the following two seasons and scored 16 goals in 1913–14 and left Stoke after the 1914–15 season.[1] He scored 72 goals for Stoke in all competitions making him one of Stoke most prolific goal scorers. He later took up cricket and became vice captain of Longton Cricket Club.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1903–04 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
1904–05 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
1905–06 First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
1910–11 Southern League D2 41 31 3 4 44 35
1911–12 Southern League D1 23 4 1 0 24 4
1912–13 Southern League D1 34 9 2 0 36 9
1913–14 Southern League D2 22 16 3 0 25 16
1914–15 Southern League D2 18 7 0 0 18 7
Career Total 141 67 9 4 150 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.