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Albert Smith

Nottingham Forest FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 12: A 3
100% successful


captain: none
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  Albert Smith
Birth Friday, 23 July 1869 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  registered in Nottingham July-September 1869

According to the 1871 census, Albert is the youngest of ten children to Samuel and Ann (née Blighton or Harvey). His father is a shoe maker and they live at 7 Talbot Street in the St. Mary's area of Nottingham, with one servant.


According to the 1881 census, Albert is at school, boarding at 40 Forest Road West in Nottingham.


According to the 1891 census, Albert, now a boot clicker, remains at home with his parents at Claremont House, Claremont Road in Basford, and six of his siblings and two servants. His father is still a shoe manufacturer. They live behind team-mate Edwin Luntley's home.

Marriage to Ethel Lizzie Page, on 15 February 1894, at St. Matthew's Church, in Nottingham
  registered in Nottingham January-March 1894
Children Albert and Ethel Smith had two sons together. Albert Forester (b.4 December 1894) and Fred Leslie (b.15 May 1896)

According to the 1901 census, Albert is a boot and shoe manufacturer, married to Ethel, with two sons, Albert and Fred, and they live at Forest View on Gregory Boulevard in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham, with two servants.


According to the 1911 census, Albert is still a manufacturer of shoes and boots and he is still married with two sons. With one servant, they all still live at Forest View.

Death Monday morning, 18 April 1921, at 2 Magdala Road in the Mapperley Park area of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
aged 51 years 269 days registered in Nottingham April-June 1921
"The death is announced in Nottingham of Albert Smith, a former captain of Nottingham Forest F.C. in its amateur days. Smith played at half-back for England against Scotland and Wales in 1891, and against Ireland in 1893." - The Derry Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, 19 April 1921.


"The death took place this morning of Mr. Albert Smith, who over 30 years ago was a prominent member of the Nottingham Forest Football
Club when that organisation was run on amateur lines, while later still retaining his own amateur status, he played in the days of professionalism and had a great deal to do with the engagement of Johnny McPherson to assist the 'Reds.' For a short period also he played for Blackburn Rovers. He was an exceedingly capable half-back, and for some time captained the Forest side. He gained international honours on three occasions, playing against Scotland and Wales in 1891, and against Ireland in 1893. He retired from football about the end of the latter year. The deceased, who was 51 years of age, had, since the death of his brother, Mr. T. Smith, some months ago, carried on the established business of S. Smith, Ltd., boot and shoe makers, of Derby-road, and other places in the city." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 18 April 1921.

Thursday, 21 April 1921
Nottingham Church
"The old Nottingham Forest captain and International footballer, Mr. Albert Smith, was buried at Nottingham Church Cemetery yesterday, the ceremony being attended by a large number of his old colleagues and friends. The last rites were performed by the Rev. W. H. C. Stainer, and amongst the floral tributes received was a beautiful wreath of red and white flowers bearing a huge red silk knot, from the Forest Football Club." - Nottingham Journal, Friday, 22 April 1921.
Probate "SMITH Albert of 2 Magdala-road Nottingham boot and shoe manufacturer died 18 April 1921 Probate Nottingham 2 August to John Warren Briggs solicitor and Albert Forester Smith and Fred Leslie Smith boot factors.
Effects £4562 17s. 5d."  [2019 equivalent: £224,999].
  to Ethel Lizzie Smith died on 22 November 1946


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his junior career playing with his local sides, Notts Rangers FC, Long Eaton Rangers FC and also Derby County FC. Joined Nottingham Forest FC in February 1889 and joined Notts County FC a year later in February 1890. Rejoining Forest before the year was out. Joined Blackburn Rovers FC on 10 November 1891, but returned to Forest again in early 1892, this time as club captain.
"With the above news comes that of the retirement of Albert Smith. Ill-health is the cause, and I am sure everyone will wish that he may soon be restored to a robust state. He has done splendid service for the Forest, for his heart was in the game. He always played from start to finish, and his ability is shown by his selection for international honours." - The Athletic News, Monday, 11 December 1892..

League History
37 appearances, 1 goal
Notts County FC 1890 four appearances.
debut: 18 February 1890 Notts County FC 1 Blackburn Rovers FC 1
Blackburn Rovers FC
1891-92 seven appearances.
debut: 14 November 1891 Preston North End FC 2 Blackburn Rovers FC 3.
Nottingham Forest FC
1892-93 26 appearances, one goal.
debut: 3 September 1892 Everton FC 2 Nottingham Forest FC 2.
last: 28 October 1893 Nottingham Forest FC 1 The Wednesday FC 0.
Club honours Football Alliance winners 1891-92;
Football League Division One seventh place 1893-94 (7ᵃ).
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 179th players (182) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 42, 7 March 1891, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Football Ground, Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 21 years 227 days.
Last match No. 47, 25 February 1893, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Wellington Road Football Ground, Perry Barr, Handsworth, aged 23 years 217 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1890-91, 1892-93;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91, 1892-93;
Individual honours The North (one appearance, January 1891, reserve in January 1890);
The Whites (two appearances, March 1891-February 1892);
The Amateurs (one appearance, March 1893).
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Albert was a boot factor in Nottingham, working for his father's business, S.Smith Ltd. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.225.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
3 3 3 270 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4 1 100 +3
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4 1 100 +3

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - three full appearances (270 min) F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 20 trial  
reserve - The South vs. The North, January 1890;
Age 21    
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 12 January 1891;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1
Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland
BC HW   rh

one of six who became the 179th player (182) to appear for England
the ninth player from Nottingham Forest FC to represent England

one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 24 March 1891;

2 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1
Ewood Park, Blackburn
BC HW   rh

Age 22 trial  
one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, February 1892;

Age 23
3 47 25 February 1893 - England 6 Ireland 1
Wellington Road Football Ground, Handsworth
BC HW   rh

one appearance - The Professionals vs. The Amateurs, 22 March 1893;