David Smith (1970s rugby league)

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David Smith
Personal information
Full name David Smith
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Dewsbury
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–75/76 Wakefield Trinity 170 115 5 0 355
≤1977–≥77 Leeds
≤1982–≥83 Bradford Northern
1982–84 Workington Town
1984–85 Carlisle
Total 170 115 5 0 355
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire
1975–77 England 2 1 0 0 3

David Smith (1953 (age 63–64)) born in Dewsbury, is an English wholesale butcher and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, and 1980s, playing at representative level for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC [1][2], Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 772), Leeds, Bradford Northern, Workington Town, and Carlisle as a wing, or centre, i.e. number 2 or 5, or, 3 or 4.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

David Smith won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1975 against Australia, and while at Leeds in 1977 against France.[1]

County honours[edit]

David Smith won cap(s) for Yorkshire while at Wakefield Trinity.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

David Smith played as an interchange/substitute (replacing right wing, i.e. number 2, Alan Smith) in Leeds' 16-7 victory over Widnes in the 1977 Challenge Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1977, in front of a crowd of 80,871, and played right wing, i.e. number 2, in the 14-12 victory over St. Helens in the 1978 Challenge Cup Final during the 1977–78 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1978, in front of a crowd of 96,000.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

David Smith played right wing, i.e. number 2, in Wakefield Trinity's 2-7 defeat by Leeds in the 1973 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 October 1973, and played right wing, and scored a try in the 13-16 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1974 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 26 October 1974, played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Leeds' 16-12 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1976 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1976, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in the 15-6 victory over Halifax in the 1979 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1979, played right-centre in the 8-7 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980, and played as an interchange/substitute (replacing left wing Steve Pullen) in Bradford Northern's 7-18 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1982 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 2 October 1982.

Club career[edit]

David Smith made his début for Wakefield Trinity during August 1971, he appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored.

Career Records[edit]

Fred Smith's record for the most tries for Wakefield Trinity in a season set during the 1959-60 season with 38-tries was equalled by David Smith in the 1973-74 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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