Archie Smith (footballer, born 1872)

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Archie Smith
Archie Smith 1901.jpg
Smith in 1901
Personal information
Full name Arthur Robert Smith
Date of birth 16 February 1872
Place of birth Prahran, Victoria
Date of death 20 July 1961(1961-07-20) (aged 89)
Place of death Abbotsford, Victoria[1]
Original team(s) Richmond (VFA)
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1892–1896 Collingwood (VFA) 87 0(86)
1897–1902 Collingwood 89 (119)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1902.
Career highlights
  • Collingwood leading goalkicker 1892, 1894-95, 1897–1900
  • VFA premiership 1896
  • VFL Leading Goalkicker 1898
Sources: AFL Tables,

Arthur Robert Smith (16 February 1872 – 20 July 1961)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the years leading up to and following the formation of the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Smith, who was recruited from Richmond Football Club, was Collingwood's main target up forward during his career.[3] Smith made his VFL debut in Collingwood's inaugural VFL game, against St Kilda Football Club in round one, 1897, and went on to top their goal-kicking in each of his first four seasons.[4] Smith's tally of 31 goals in 1898 was enough to win the VFL Leading Goalkicker Medal.[4] Although he wasn't the most prolific forward for Collingwood in 1901, his 30 goals helped his club reach the 1901 VFL Grand Final, where they lost to Essendon.[5]

His career total of 205 goals was a club record until broken by Dick Lee in 1910.


  1. ^ "Births, Marriages, Deaths". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria. 21 July 1961. p. 17.
  2. ^ "Archie Smith". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  4. ^ a b Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 - The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7.
  5. ^ "Essendon v Collingwood - Sat, 7-Sep-1901 2:50 PM - Match Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 27 August 2014.

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