Jeff Smith (footballer, born 1935)

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Jeff Smith
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Edward Smith[1]
Date of birth (1935-12-08) 8 December 1935 (age 79)[1]
Place of birth Macclesfield, England
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
195?–1958 Sheffield United 1 (0)
1958–1967 Lincoln City 315 (2)
Total 316 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jeffrey Edward "Jeff" Smith (born 8 December 1935) is an English former professional footballer who made 316 appearances in the Football League playing for Sheffield United and Lincoln City.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Smith was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and began his football career as a junior with Sheffield United. He turned professional with that club, but played only once in the Second Division – in a 5–1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on 1 December 1956[3] – before moving on to Lincoln City, also a Second Division club, in February 1958.[1]

He played regularly for Lincoln at left back, remaining with the club as they fell from the Second to the Fourth Division.[1] When Lincoln were relegated to the Third Division in 1961, the Daily Mirror commented that there were "several talented players in the side – notably young inside right Roger Holmes and sound left back Jeff Smith".[4] He was released in 1967, having scored twice from 351 games in all senior competitions,[1] a total which at the time placed him second behind Tony Emery in Lincoln's all-time appearances list.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jeff Smith". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sheffield United: 1946/47–2011/12". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool – Sheffield United played on 01.12.1956". LFChistory. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Harley, George (10 April 1961). "Wild kick sinks Lincoln". Daily Mirror. p. 21. 
  5. ^ "Most appearances in all competitions for LCFC". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 15 January 2013.  Note that the source includes appearances in wartime football.