Billy Smith (footballer, born 1895)
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|Full name||William Henry Smith|
|Date of birth||23 May 1895|
|Place of birth||Tantobie, England|
|Date of death||13 April 1951(aged 55)|
|Place of death||Huddersfield, England|
|Playing position||Outside Left|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He is one of Huddersfield's all-time goal-scorers with 126 goals in his career between 1913 and 1934. Smith scored Huddersfield's winning goal in the 1922 FA Cup Final against Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. He also won three caps for England. He was also the first person ever to score from a corner in England. He made 574 appearances for the Terriers, scoring 126 goals on the way.
For a Huddersfield legend, the story opened in an unlikely manner. It was September 1913 when at a board meeting a letter of W.H. Smith of Tantobie in County Durham was discussed. The content of the note was short and to the point the point for the writer made it clear he was not prepared to accept terms of less than 50/- a week (£2.50) and for that reason did not wish to present himself to further trials.
During a Division I match against Stoke he had a fight with a Stoke player. They were both sent off and it meant they would both miss a game. This caused Smith to miss the 1920 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa. After Huddersfield went on appeal he would miss the next league game. Huddersfield lost the cup final 1-0 as Billy Kirton scored in extra time.
In the 2nd half of the 1922 F.A. Cup final, Smith was brought down on the edge of the area.The referee pointed to the spot. Smith, shaken stepped up himself to take the penalty but the Preston goalkeeper Mitchell jumped around on his line in attempt to distract Smith but Clem Stephenson said "Never mind the dancing devil, just shove it in the net. Smith did."
Smith was a key member of Herbert Chapman's famous team and in the final championship year (in 1926) received his first England cap. He was one of five Huddersfield players who played in the "Wembley Wizards" 5–1 defeat of England. He, Bob Kelly, Roy Goodall and Tom Wilson played for England, and Alex Jackson for Scotland; Jackson scored a hat-trick, while Kelly scored a consolation for England in the 89th minute. On 11 November 1933 he received his fourth benefit from the president of the football league. He later had a small player - manager stint at Rochdale.
He faded out from the game in the 1940s and died of cancer in 1951, after having his left leg amputated due to a mistreated football injury.
"Huddersfield Town - 75 Years On. A book by George S. Binns."