Jimmy Smith (footballer, born 1889)
|Full name||James Smith|
|Date of birth||c. 1889|
|Place of birth||Stafford, England|
|Date of death||8 October 1918(aged about 29)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1911–1912||Brighton & Hove Albion||59||(37)|
|1912–1915||Bradford (Park Avenue)||90||(49)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
James "Jimmy" Smith (c. 1889 – 8 October 1918) was an English professional footballer who scored 49 goals from 90 appearances in the Football League playing as a centre forward for Bradford (Park Avenue).
Smith was born in Stafford, Staffordshire. He was a prolific scorer in local football in the Hanley area, but began his professional career with Southern League club Brighton & Hove Albion in January 1911. He was the club's top scorer in the 1911–12 season with 27 goals in all competitions. In November 1912, he moved into the Football League, joining Bradford for the substantial fee of £735 plus inside forward Bobby Simpson. Smith played 90 League games for Bradford, scoring at better than a goal every two games and helping them earn promotion to the First Division in 1914, before the First World War interrupted his career.
He served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed in action on the Western Front in 1918, a few weeks before he was due to get married. He is buried in the British Cemetery at Ramicourt, Aisne, France.
- Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 243. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
- Carder, Tim; Harris, Roger (1997). Albion A–Z: A Who's Who of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Hove: Goldstone Books. p. 225. ISBN 0-9521337-1-7.
- Carder & Harris, Albion A–Z, p. 338.
- "Bradford Park Avenue's Jimmy Smith". Bantamspast: The Bradford City Football Club Museum. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
- "Casualty details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
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