Jimmy Smith (Australian footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jimmy Smith
Personal information
Full name James M. Smith
Date of birth 4 January 1877
Original team West Melbourne
Height/Weight 178 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899-1906, 1908-1909 St Kilda 130 (22)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1909, 1915, 1918 St Kilda 49 (16-33-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1909 season.

James 'Jimmy' Smith (born 4 January 1877) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached St Kilda in the VFL during the early 1900s.

Smith was St Kilda's ruckman for ten seasons, beginning in 1899. He captained the club for the first time in 1901 and was also captain in 1903, 1904 and 1906. In 1900 and 1901 he represented Victoria at interstate football.

When he took the field for St Kilda in Round three of the 1905 season against Collingwood at Junction Oval he became the first St Kilda player to make 100 VFL appearances.

He spent the 1907 season as an umpire and although Smith returned to St Kilda in 1908 he only managed three more games.

As a player he never got to contest finals football, with St Kilda winning only 19 of the 130 games that he played in. He did however steer the club to the finals as coach in 1918.

In 1913, Smith captained the Melbourne City Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Old Boy (19 May 1913). "Association matches". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 10.