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Leslie Smith

Brentford FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Leslie George Frederick Smith
Born 13 March 1918 in Ealing, Middlesex [registered in Brentford, March 1918].

census notes

Cannot be found on the 1939 register.

Married to Joan M. Purser, on 14 August 1943 [registered in Midhurst, September 1943].
Died 20 May 1995 in Lichfield, aged 77 years 67 days [no registration can be found], after battling with Alzheimer's Disease. Death date confirmed by his son, Martin.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 0lbs [1938].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in West London schools and played for junior clubs such as Petersham FC in 1932 and AFC Wimbledon in 1933, from where he signed amateur forms with Brentford FC on 26 June 1934. He earned experience with Hayes FC before he turned professional in March 1936. He guested for Chelsea FC during the war. After 67 league appearances for the Bee's, and seven goals, he joined Aston Villa FC in October 1945 for a £7500 transfer fee. He repaid the fee with 31 goals in 181 league outings. Smith returned to Brentford FC in June 1952 for a £3000 fee. But only played fourteen league appearances, scoring once. In August 1953, Smith then joined Kidderminster Harriers FC, becoming their player-manager for the season.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup runners-up 1934-35; FA Cup (wartime) winners 1941-42, 1944-45;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Smith remains the youngest player ever to feature in an FA Amateur Cup Final


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

England Career

Player number 654th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 226, 24 May 1939, Romania 0 England 2, an end-of-season tour match at Stadionul Agenţia Naţională de Educaţie Fizică, Bucureşti, aged 21 years 72 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England wartime (fifteen appearances)
Distinctions Died a week after Teddy Sandford

Beyond England

From 1954 to 1956, Smith was a club scout for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. He was also a proprietor of a radio/television business based in the Aston area of Birmingham. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.228.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
3 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors. 

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Match History

 Club: Brentford F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 21
224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD reserve
225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL
1 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW Start 11