David Smith (sportsman)

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Dave Smith
Dave Miller 1911.jpg
Smith in 1911
Personal information
Full name David Bertram Miller Smith
Date of birth (1884-09-14)14 September 1884
Place of birth Richmond, Victoria
Date of death 29 July 1963(1963-07-29) (aged 78)
Place of death Hawthorn, Victoria
Height/Weight 183 cm, 82kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
142 (114)
001 00(3)
143 (117)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1908–1909 Essendon 39 (26-13-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 8, 1914 season.
Dave Smith
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 46
Runs scored 30 1764
Batting average 15.00 23.83
100s/50s 0/0 3/6
Top score 24* 146
Balls bowled 0 24
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average - 22.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling - 1/22
Catches/stumpings 0/0 16/0
Source: Cricinfo

David Bertram Miller Smith (14 September 1884 – 29 July 1963) was an Australian sportsman. His father was a champion Australian rules footballer for Carlton when Carlton was still in the Victorian Football Association competition.

Although born in Richmond, he played 142 games of Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League with Essendon from 1903 to 1913,[1] scoring 114 goals, captaining the Essendon team in its 1911 Premiership year; his decision to go to Essendon (which, at the time, was playing its home games at the nearby Richmond) was because Richmond was a member of the Victorian Football Association at the time.

He later played one match for Richmond in 1914, scoring 3 goals, and then retired.

He played District Cricket with Richmond Cricket Club, captaining the team from 1910 to 1915, scoring 2404 runs, and winning the batting average in seasons 1908-1909 and 1909-1910.

He played 46 first-class matches for Victoria.

He "toured" New Zealand with the Australian side without being selected to play in the 1910-11 summer, and he played 2 Test matches for Australia in 1912. Having failed to appear at a disciplinary hearing of the Australian Cricket Board, conducted on the 1912 team's return to Australia to answer allegations that had been specifically levelled against him as an individual of indiscipline, drunken brawling, rudeness towards the English public, claiming illness, he never played another first-class match.


  1. ^ In 1910 The Argus featured photographs of Smith demonstrating the stab-kick; see "'The Stab Kick' — A Football Development", The Argus, (Monday 27 June 1910), p.6.


  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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