Jack Smith (footballer, born 1911)

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Jack Smith
Personal information
Full name Arthur John Smith
Date of birth (1911-10-27)27 October 1911
Place of birth Merthyr, Wales
Date of death 7 June 1975(1975-06-07) (aged 63)
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
–1935 Bristol Rovers
1935–1938 Swindon Town 114 (0)
1938–1945 Chelsea 45 (0)
Teams managed
1948–1952 West Bromwich Albion
1952–1955 Reading
1957–1958 Hyde United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arthur John Smith (27 October 1911 – 7 June 1975), commonly known as Jack Smith, was a Welsh footballer and football manager. He played as a full-back for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Chelsea.[1][2][3]

During the Second World War, Smith was stationed in the Midlands and guested for West Bromwich Albion. His career was cut short when a bus ran over his foot during a blackout in Wolverhampton.[1][3]

In 1948, he became West Bromwich Albion's first full-time manager and went on to manage Reading and Hyde United.


  1. ^ a b Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (3 August 2014). Bristol Rovers FC: The Official Definitive History. Amberley Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-4456-3647-4. 
  2. ^ "Jack SMITH". swindon-town-fc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "World War Two". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 

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