Eric Smith (footballer)

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Eric Smith
Personal information
Full name Eric Smith
Date of birth 29 July 1934
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death June 1991 (aged 56)
Place of death Dubai
Playing position Right half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1960 Celtic 95 (12)
1960–1963 Leeds United 65 (3)
1964–1966 Morton 35 (3)
National team
1959 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
1972 Morton
1972–1978 Hamilton Academical
1978 Sharjah FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eric Smith (born Glasgow, Scotland, 29 July 1934; died Dubai, June 1991) was a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a right half for Celtic, Leeds United and Greenock Morton in the 1950s and 1960s. He was capped twice for the Scotland national football team and later managed Morton, Hamilton Academical and Sharjah FC.

Playing career[edit]

Smith began his professional career at Celtic in the 1954–55 season and gained two caps for the Scotland national football team in 1959. He joined Leeds United in 1960 when the club was in decline, and performed heroically during the 1961–62 season when Leeds battled against relegation to the Third Division. Smith's career at Leeds ended when he suffered a double-fracture of the leg during a home game against Chelsea in September 1962. He joined Morton in 1964 where he played for two seasons and later became manager.

Leeds United playing statistics[edit]

Club League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals)
Leeds United 65 (3) 3 (0) 3 (0) 71 (3)

Managerial career[edit]

Smith managed Morton briefly in 1972 and then managed Hamilton Academical for five seasons from 1972–73 to 1977–78. He then briefly managed Sharjah FC in the United Arab Emirates in 1978.


  • Mourant, Andrew (1992). Leeds United: Player by Player. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 0-85112-568-9. 

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