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Bobby Smith

Tottenham Hotspur FC

15 caps, 13 goals

P 15 W 10 D 2 L 3 F 57: A 26
 
80% successful
1960-63

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1350

Profile

Full name Robert Alfred Smith
Born 22 February 1933 in Scarth Street, Lingdale, North Yorkshire.
Died 18 September 2010 in Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, London, aged 77 years 209 days.
Height/Weight 5'9", 12st 11lbs [1962].

Source

Douglas Lamming's England Football's Internationalist Who's Who [1972].

Biographies My Memories of Spurs / Bobby Smith. London: Britespot Publishing, 2002.
 

Smith re-lives his outstanding career for Spurs. Favourite goals, matches and players are covered, plus many more memories that helped make Smith a living legend of Spurs. - Amazon.co.uk

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with local side Redcar Boys Club, also appearing for Redcar United FC and Tudor Rose, as a full-back. Joined the Chelsea FC groundstaff in May 1949 as a sixteen year-old.  He turned professional when he was seventeen in May 1950. He was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur FC on 21 December 1955 for �17,000.  He was transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion FC for �5,000 in May 1964 following a series of articles published by Smith regarding his club.  He was suspended by Brighton in 1965 for being 15 stones, declaring him unfit.  He found himself playing with non-league side Hastings United FC in October 1965 before being suspended in March 1967.  A trial with Leyton Orient FC in 1967 materialised into nothing, as did a trial the following summer with Banbury United FC.  His playing career came to a premature end with an amazing tally of 218 league goals in 376 league appearances.
Club honours Football  League Champions 1960-61; FA Cup winner 1960-61, 1961-62; European Cup Winners Cup winner 1962-63; Football League Division Four winners 1964-65;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lamming's England Who's Who [1972]. and The Guardian obituary, SpursNews.

England Career

Player number 794th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 342, 8 October 1960, Northern Ireland 2 England 5, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 27 years 229 days;
Last match No. 374, 20 November 1963, England 8 Northern Ireland 3, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 30 years 272 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64;
Team honours British Championship winner 1960-61, joint-winner 1963-64;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

  Smith had various jobs as a taxi and van driver, a painter and decorator, but was injured when falling down a manhole.
In 1999, his 1961 FA Cup winners' medal, which had vanished from his house, suddenly turned up in an auction, where it was sold for �11,200. "I think it's disgusting," said Smith, "It's only football. How can prices like this be justified?"

 

Bobby Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
18+ 15 10 15 0 0 1350 13 104 min 10 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Bobby Smith - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 5 1 1 30 13 +17 0 0 4.286 1.857 78.6 +4
Away 8 5 1 2 27 13 +14 1 2 3.375 1.625 68.8 +3
All 15 10 2 3 57 26 +31 1 2 3.80 1.733 80.0 +7

 

Bobby Smith - Match Record - By Shirt Colour
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 14 9 2 3 53 24 +29 1 2 3.786 1.263 71.4 +6
Red 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 15 10 2 3 57 26 +31 1 2 3.80 1.733 80.0 +7

 

Bobby Smith - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1

ECP

1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship 1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -1
British Championship 7 5 0 2 32 13 +19 1 1 4.571 1.857 71.4 +3
Friendly 5 4 1 0 13 7 +6 0 0 2.60 1.40 90.0 +4
All 15 10 2 3 57 26 +31 1 2 3.80 1.733 80.0 +7

 

Bobby Smith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1960-62 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
WCP All 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1962-64 1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -1
ECP All 1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -1
British Championship Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1960-61 3 3 0 0 19 6 +13 0 0 2.111 2.00 100.0 +3
BC 1961-62 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1962-63 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1963-64 2 2 0 0 12 3 +9 0 1 6.00 1.50 100.0 +2
BC All 7 5 0 2 32 13 +19 1 1 4.571 1.857 71.4 +3
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 2 1 1 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 75.0 +1
EC 1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -1
BC 7 5 0 2 32 13 +19 1 1 4.571 1.857 71.4 +3
All 10 6 1 3 44 19 +25 1 2 4.40 1.90 65.0 +3

 

Bobby Smith - Match History
 Club:  Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 15 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 7 full capsx

Age 27
1 342 8 October 1960, Northern Ireland 2 England 5, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 16 9
2 343 19 October 1960, Luxembourg 0 England 9, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg WCP AW Start 22, 46 9
3 344 26 October 1960, England 4 Spain 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 68, 80 9
4 345 23 November 1960, England 5 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 22 9
Age 28
5 346 15 April 1961, England 9 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 73, 85 9
6 348 21 May 1961, Portugal 1 England 1, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa WCP AD Start 9
- 349 24 May 1961, Italy 2 England 3, Stadio Olimpico, Roma Fr AW squad member or reserve?
- 350 27 May 1961, Austria 3 England 1, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien Fr AL
Age 29
7 356 14 April 1962, Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AL Start 9
 Walter Winterbottom named a squad of forty players on 8 April 1962, for the one game against Scotland. Following the defeat in Glasgow, eighteen players were removed from the list on 15 April, including Bobby Smith.
 

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 8 full capsx

8 366 27 February 1963, France 5 England 2, Parc des Princes, Paris ECP AL Start 57 9
Age 30
9 367 6 April 1963, England 1 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Start 9
10 368 8 May 1963, England 1 Brazil 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 9
11 369 29 May 1963, Czechoslovakia 2 England 4, Štadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava Fr AW Start 45 9
12 370 2 June 1963, G.D.R. 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig Fr AW Start 9
- 371 5 June 1963, Switzerland 1 England 8, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel Fr AW squad member or reserve?
13 372 12 October 1963, Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 5, 68 9
14 373 23 October 1963, England 2 Rest of the World 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 9
15 374 20 November 1963, England 8 Northern Ireland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 46 9

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