Stanley Smith (rugby league born c. 1910)

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Stanley Smith
Stanley Smith - Leeds - 1935.jpg
Godfrey Phillips cigarette card featuring Stanley Smith
Personal information
Full name Stanley Smith
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927–30 Wakefield Trinity 81 32 0 0 96
1930–39 Leeds 261 187
Total 342 219 0 0 96
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934–35 Yorkshire
1934–35 English League XIII 2 0 0 0 0
1931–35 England 6 5 0 0 15
1929–33 Great Britain 11 9 0 0 27
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1947–48 Featherstone Rovers 40 6 34 0 15

Stanley "Stan" Smith was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s, and 1930s, and coach of the 1940s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, English League XIII, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 333), and Leeds, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5, and coaching a club level for Featherstone Rovers.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Smith started his career at Wakefield Trinity before transferring to Leeds in January 1930 for a record fee of £1,075,[1] (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £307,200 in 2014).[2] Smith played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Leeds' 2–8 defeat by Hunslet in the Championship Final during the 1937–38 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 30 April 1938.[3]

Smith retired from first class rugby in January 1940 having played for Leeds for 10 years.[4]

International honours[edit]

Stan Smith won caps for England while at Leeds in 1931 against Wales, in 1932 against Wales (2 matches), in 1934 against Australia, and France, in 1935 against France,[5] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield in 1929 against Australia, while at Leeds in 1930 against Australia (2 matches), in 1932 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (3 matches), and in 1933 against Australia (2 matches).[6]

Stan Smith played twice for an English rugby league representative XIII against France. Playing at left-wing on both occasions, the first was at Wilderspool Warrington on 17 March 1934 when the English team won 32–16, this game was also the first international match played by the France national rugby league team.[7] The second was at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds just over a year later, on 6 May 1935 when the English side won 25–18.[8]

County honours[edit]

Stan Smith won cap(s) for Yorkshire while at Wakefield Trinity.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

The record for the most tries in a Yorkshire County Cup Final is 6-tries, and is jointly held by; Stan Moorhouse, Alan Smith, and Stanley Smith.

Genealogical information[edit]

Stan Smith was the nephew of the rugby league footballer, Billy Batten, and the uncle of the rugby league footballer, Donald Metcalfe.


During the late 1950/60s there was a rugby league footballer who played for Wakefield Trinity, and Bramley, who was also called Stanley "Stan" Smith. These Stanley "Stan" Smith's are clearly not the same person and they are not related.


  1. ^ Caplan, Phil; Smith, Peter (2001). 100 greats: Leeds Rugby League Club. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 978-0-7524-2225-1. 
  2. ^ "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stanley Smith to retire". Hull Daily Mail (16,905). 5 January 1940. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Frenchmen thrilled by our crowd and scoring". Leeds Mercury (29,428). 19 March 1934. p. 9. 
  8. ^ "Rugby League: England beats France in the international". Sheffield Daily Independent (25,129). 7 May 1935. p. 8. 

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