Jimmy Smith (footballer, born 1911)
|Full name||James Smith|
|Date of birth||24 September 1911|
|Place of birth||Slamannan, Scotland|
|Date of death||5 December 2003(aged 92)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1941||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
James Smith (24 September 1911 – 5 December 2003) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played for East Stirlingshire and Rangers. During his time at Rangers he scored 249 goals in 259 games.
Smith moved from East Stirlingshire to Rangers in 1928 and made his debut against Hamilton Academical in March 1929. He only featured twice in his first season at Ibrox and only played once the following season, and scored in a 3-1 win against Dundee. In season 1930-31, he scored a remarkable 21 goals in 21 games, including 5 in an 8-0 defeat of Clyde, as Rangers won the League championship for the fifth season running.
After Rangers missed out on their sixth successive League championship in season 1931-32, during which Smith had scored 5 goals in 8 games, the championship returned to Ibrox the following season and Smith finished top scorer with 34 goals, including 4 hat-tricks.
In season 1933-34, Smith and striking partner Bob McPhail, notched up 72 goals between them in 47 games as Rangers continued their dominance of Scottish football. Smith also collected his first Scottish Cup medal, scoring in a 5-0 defeat of St Mirren in the final at Hampden.
Success for Smith and Rangers continued. The League title was again won in 1934–35 with Smith scoring 43 goals in 38 matches, including 6 in a 7-1 defeat of Dunfermline Athletic. He also collected his second Scottish Cup medal, scoring twice in the 2-1 against Hamilton Academical in the final. Rangers went on to win two of the next four League championships before World War II and Smith was Rangers' top scorer in three of the four, including 31 goals from 38 games in the 1936–37 success.
Smith continued to play for Rangers during the unofficial matches played during the War but retired from football upon the return of official domestic football in 1946–47. After he retired he continued as a club trainer then chief scout until 1967.
Despite his incredible goalscoring record, he only ever won 2 caps for Scotland, both against Ireland. He won his first cap on 20 October 1934 in a 2-1 defeat in Belfast and his second cap was on 10 November 1937, where Smith scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw at Pittodrie.
- "Football mourns the loss of Rangers legend Jimmy Smith". The Herald. 6 December 2003.
- "Oldest Living Ranger Passes Away - Jimmy Smith Dies" followfollow.com (5 December 2003)