Alex Smith (footballer, born 1876)

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Alex Smith
Personal information
Date of birth (1876-11-07)7 November 1876
Place of birth Darvel, Scotland
Date of death 12 November 1954(1954-11-12) (aged 78)
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1915 Rangers 406 (128)
National team
1897–1913 Scottish League XI 14 (2)
1898–1911 Scotland 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander Smith (7 November 1876 – 12 November 1954) was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside left for Rangers and the Scotland national team.


Born in Darvel, Ayrshire, Smith signed for Rangers in April 1894 from local side Darvel F.C., having been introduced at the suggestion of Nicol Smith (a defender who had made the same move a year earlier and came from the same village, but was not a relation).[1]

He stayed with the Ibrox club for 21 years until retiring in 1915, was part of Rangers' treble-winning (Scottish Football League title, Glasgow Cup and Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup) teams of 1896–97, 1899–1900 and 1910–11, and played in 69 of the club's 74 matches during their run of four consecutive championships from 1898 to 1902.[1][2] In total he made 642 competitive appearances for the club (the fourth-highest tally in the history of the club)[3] and scored 200 goals.

Smith received 20 caps in total for Scotland during his career, as well as representing the Scottish League XI 14 times.[4] He returned to his native Darvel at the end of his footballing career, to work in a lace-making business in which he was a partner.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e "Hall of Fame: Alex Smith". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Rangers player Alec Smith". FitbaStats. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Rangers all-time player records". FitbaStats. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.

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