Stephen Smith (footballer, born 1874)

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Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith, 1895.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stephen Smith
Date of birth (1874-01-14)14 January 1874
Place of birth Abbots Bromley, England
Date of death 19 May 1935(1935-05-19) (aged 61)
Playing position Outside-left
Youth career
Cannock Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hednesford Town
1893–1901 Aston Villa 162 (35)
1901–1906 Portsmouth
1906–1908 New Brompton 71 (5)
National team
1895 England 1 (1)
Teams managed
1906-1908 New Brompton

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Stephen Smith (14 January 1874 – 19 May 1935)[1] was an England international football player in the late 19th century.

Smith was born in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.[2] He played for Aston Villa from 1893 to 1901, helping them to win the Football League title in 1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1898-99 and 1899-1900, as well as the FA Cup in 1895. Although Villa also won the cup in 1897 (thereby taking the "double"), Smith was not selected to play in the final although he made four appearances in the earlier rounds. He made one England appearance against Scotland in 1895.[2]

In 1901 he moved south to join Southern League Portsmouth, helping them to regain the Southern League title at the end of his first season.

He was later the second man known to have held the role of manager of Gillingham (known at the time as New Brompton F.C.),[2] a role he held from 1906 to 1908.[3]


The Villa News and Record, 1 Sept. 1906


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