Ted Smith (footballer, born 1914)

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Ted Smith
Personal information
Full name John Edward Smith
Date of birth (1914-09-03)3 September 1914
Place of birth Grays, England
Date of death 1989 (aged 74–75)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1948 Millwall[1] 143 (1)
Teams managed
1948–1952 Benfica
1971–1973 Atletico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Edward Smith (3 September 1914 – 1989), commonly known as Ted Smith, was an English full back who represented Millwall F.C. in the late 1930s, and then coached Benfica from 1948 to 1952 guiding Benfica to their first international trophy.[2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

When Ted Smith arrived, Benfica last title was the 1944/45 Primeira Liga, Sporting CP was in the most successful period of their history, the golden years, from the 1946–47 season to the 1953–54 season, Sporting won seven of the eight championships contested, losing only in the 1949–50 season to Benfica. This was the age of the Cinco Violinos ("Five Violins").

Still, Benfica led was able to win the 1949-50 Primeira Liga, and the biggest success of Ted Smith, the Latin Cup, the predecessor of UEFA Champions League, contested by Latin European nations of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, in a tournament organized at the end of the season, defeating Bordeaux at Estádio Nacional. Benfica also won 2 more Taça de Portugal under Ted Smith reign.[4][5]

In 1951-1952, Ted Smith resigned for personal problems in December, but returned in March 1952 and left again in April. His successor, Cândido Tavares won the Taça de Portugal preventing a trophyless season.[6]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Current as of 18 January 2013.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Benfica Portugal 1 July 1948 6 April 1952 109 73 18 18 66.97

Honours[edit]

Benfica

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