Jimmy Smith (Australian footballer)

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Jimmy Smith
Personal information
Full name James M. Smith
Date of birth 4 January 1877
Date of death 18 August 1948(1948-08-18) (aged 71)
Original team(s) West Melbourne
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899–1906, 1908–1909 St Kilda 130 (22)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1909, 1915, 1918 St Kilda 49 (16–33–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1909.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

James Smith (4 January 1877 – 18 August 1948)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached St Kilda in the VFL during the early 1900s.

Smith was St Kilda's ruckman for ten seasons, beginning in 1899. He captained the club for the first time in 1901 and was also captain in 1903, 1904 and 1906. In 1900 and 1901 he represented Victoria at interstate football.

When he took the field for St Kilda in Round three of the 1905 season against Collingwood at Junction Oval he became the first St Kilda player to make 100 VFL appearances.

He spent the 1907 season as an umpire and although Smith returned to St Kilda in 1908 he only managed three more games.

As a player, he never got to contest finals football, with St Kilda winning only 19 of the 130 games that he played in. He did however steer the club to the finals as coach in 1918.

In 1913, Smith captained the Melbourne City Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.[2]


  1. ^ "Jimmy Smith - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Old Boy (19 May 1913). "Association matches". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. p. 10. 
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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