|Full name||Bernard Keith Smith|
|Date of birth||19 December 1927|
|Date of death||21 April 1985(aged 57)|
|Original team||West Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Height/Weight||175 cm / 75 kg|
|West Adelaide (SANFL)
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1958 season.
Bernard Keith Smith (19 December 1927 – 21 April 1985) was an Australian rules footballer who represented West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1940s and 1950s.
Smith made his name as an outstanding back pocket player in a successful period for Geelong. He was a brilliant reader of the play and cool in a crisis.
He won the Trabilsie Medal, West Adelaide's best and fairest award, in 1947, the same year that he played in their Grand Final triumph over Norwood, in which he was widely acknowledged as the best player afield.
Smith was recruited to Geelong for the 1948 season and played centreman during his first few years in the (then) Victorian Football League. In 1950, coach Reg Hickey trialled Smith in the back pocket, and he adjusted quickly to the new position. 1951 was a year to remember for Smith; he won the Brownlow Medal and club best and fairest, and was among the best on ground in Geelong's 1951 premiership victory.
In combination with the dashing Fullback Bruce Morrison he created a sturdy defensive wall, and started the forward moves going again with his precision kicking. Under their leadership the Geelong defence was so strong that rival coaches had to turn their minds to finding ways through to goal.
"Bernie Smith had a big smile, fair curly hair and looked like a country boy playing a country game of football. It seemed, however, that everywhere that Bernie went the ball was sure to go.
"He was immensely popular around the club and his adopted city of Geelong."
- http://www.westies.com.au/docs/team/legends.html West Adelaide Football Club, "Legends"
- Hutchinson, 1984, p. 176
- Ross, 1999, p. 121
- Herald Sun, "Bernie Smith", 18 August 2007, p. 90.
- Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.
- Hutchinson, Col (1984). Cats' Tales. Geelong: The Geelong Advertiser. ISBN 0 9592863 1 4.
- Bernie Smith's statistics from AFL Tables
- Profile at Australian Football
- Hall of Fame players at the AFL official website
- Profile at West Adelaide Hall of Fame
- Profile at South Australian Football Hall of Fame