John Smith (footballer, born 1855)

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John Smith
Personal information
Date of birth 12 August 1855
Place of birth Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death 16 November 1934(1934-11-16) (aged 79)
Place of death Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Playing position Inside-Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1877–79 Mauchline
1880–81 Edinburgh University
1883–84 Queen's Park
1884–88 Corinthian FC 17 (8)
National team
1877–84 Scotland 10 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dr. John Smith (12 August 1855 – 16 November 1934) was a Scottish footballer of the 1870s and 1880s. He is also notable for playing rugby union and was a member of the first British Lions team that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1888.

Career history[edit]

Smith began playing football at Mauchline F.C. before transferring to Edinburgh University while he studied. After completing his studies in the early 1880s he joined Queen's Park by which time he had already made several appearances for the Scottish national team.

At Queen's Park he won the Scottish Cup in 1881, 1882 and 1884. He became the first player to score a hat-trick in a Scottish Cup final when he scored all three of Queen's Park's goals in the 1881 final replay against Dumbarton.[1] He was not selected to play in the 1882 cup final and no final took place in 1884 but Queen's Park were awarded the trophy after Vale of Leven failed to appear for the final. In 1884 Smith was part of the Queens Park team that reached the FA Cup Final, Queens Park lost 2–1 to Blackburn Rovers.

Smith often played under the pseudonym J.C. Miller and J.S. Miller. He also played occasionally as a guest for the Corinthians, Swifts and Liverpool Ramblers FC. He was banned from playing for or against any Scottish club or the Scottish national team in 1885 after he played for Corinthians against a professional English club, thus breaching the Scottish Football Association's amateur regulations.[2]

He earned ten caps in total for Scotland, scoring 10 goals.

As well as football, Smith also played rugby union. He played as a forward for Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Wanderers and in 1876 was a reserve for the Scottish national rugby team. In 1888 he was selected as a member of the British Isles team to tour New Zealand and Australia.[3] His primary role on the tour was to act as the team's tour referee. His skills as a player were called upon on nine occasions, though he failed to score in any of the matches.[3][4]

As a physician, he practised in Brycehall, Kirkcaldy and sometimes officiated as a football referee.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 April 1879 Kennington Oval, London  England 3–1 4–5 Friendly
2 7 April 1879 Acton Park, Wrexham  Wales 2–0 3–0 Friendly
3 7 April 1879 Acton Park, Wrexham  Wales 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4 12 March 1881 Kennington Oval, London  England 1–0 6–1 Friendly
5 12 March 1881 Kennington Oval, London  England 3–1 6–1 Friendly
6 12 March 1881 Kennington Oval, London  England 5–1 6–1 Friendly
7 10 March 1883 Bramall Lane, Sheffield  England 1–0 3–2 Friendly
8 10 March 1883 Bramall Lane, Sheffield  England 2–1 3–2 Friendly
9 12 March 1883 Acton Park, Wrexham  Wales 1–0 3–0 Friendly
10 15 March 1884 Cathkin Park, Glasgow  England 1–0 1–0 British Home Championship


  1. ^ "Cup Final Hat-tricks". 
  2. ^ Doctor on the national team suspended
  3. ^ a b "John Smith". Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Clem (2013). 125 Years of the British and Irish Lions: The Official History. Random House. ISBN 9781780577388. 

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