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William Smith

Nottingham Forest FC




  William Smith
Birth Tuesday, 10 November 1868 in Sawley, Derbyshire [registered in Shardlow, December 1868]

Cannot be pinned down on any of the census'.

Death Saturday, 28 September 1907 in The Barley Mow, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, aged 38 years 322 days [registered in Nottingham, September 1907]


"We regret to announce the death of William ('Tich') Smith, which occurred at his home, the Barley Mow, Weekday Cross, Nottingham yesterday, at the age of 38 years, after an illness which extended over six months. Smith had been in poor health for some years. Some weeks ago he left a sick bed to attend his father’s funeral at Long Eaton, and had not been much out of doors since. He caught a succession of colds, which brought on consumption, from which he could not rally, gradually sinking about four o’clock yesterday morning. 'Tich' was widely known throughout the Midlands for the prominent part he took in football, and he enjoyed great popularity. In company with 'Jack' Start, T. C. Vessey, G. H. Smith, Wiseman, Harry Bestwick, and others, he became with Long Eaton Rangers, following in the footsteps of Jammer and others. He was a fine forward, and figured in the team which won the Birmingham Cup. Afterwards he became associated with Derby County, Notts. Rangers, Notts., and Nottingham Forest. A versatile player, he filled most of the positions, and while having a preference for the half-back division, he also greatly distinguished himself as a forward, having few superiors on the right wing. He was reserve for the North v. South trial match in 1891, and played for the Alliance against the League at Sheffield in April of that year, when he was regarded as one of the best men in the field. In the season 1891-2 he played for England against the Canadians, on which occasion he was again the shining light, obtaining four of six goals scored by his side. In the last year of Long Eaton Ranger’s career he kindly agreed to try and restore the renown of the old club, but he was especially unlucky in the Association Cup match in the early period of the final season, when Heanor were the opponents on Tag Hill, and the discomfiture of that occasion settled practically the career of the Long Eaton club. Smith always manifested the greatest interest in football. He tried to reorganise a team with great prospects, but after a time the effort fell through. He was landlord at the New Inn, Sawley Road, Long Eaton, for several years, leaving for the Barley Mow, Nottingham, where he died."
- Saturday, 28 September, 1907, Nottingham Evening Post.


Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career with Long Eaton Rangers FC when he was seventeen years old, before playing with Derby County FC and Notts Rangers FC. Smith joined Notts County FC in 1889, whilst also featuring for the Rangers. However, from July 1890, he had joined rivals Nottingham Forest FC. He returned to Long Eaton Rangers FC in 1894. Returned to Notts County FC for the 1896-97 season. The following season was spent at Loughborough FC. In 1898-99, he was at Lincoln City FC. Smith then spent the 1899-1900 assisting Burton Swifts FC, but did not play in any first class matches.

League honours
120 appearances, 17 goals
Notts County FC 1889-90 fifteen appearances, seven goals
debut: 7 September 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 Notts County FC 0.
Nottingham Forest FC 1892-94 37 appearances, five goals
debut: 3 September 1892 Everton FC 2 Nottingham Forest FC 2.
Notts County FC 1896 eight appearances, four goals
debut (second division): 5 September 1896 Notts County FC 3 Loughborough FC 1.
Loughborough FC 1897-98 27 appearances, one goal
debut (second division): 4 September 1897 Loughborough FC 2 Walsall FC 1.
Lincoln City FC 1898-99 33 appearances
debut (second division): 1 September 1898 Lincoln City FC 1 Barnsley FC 0.
last (second division): 22 April 1899 Luton Town FC 2 Lincoln City FC 0.
Club honours Birmingham Cup winners 1886-87;
Football League Division Two winners
1896-97 (8 apps);
Individual honours Football Alliance (1891)
North vs. South (1891 reserve)
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Position(s) Inside-right
Distinctions Scored four as England's centre-forward in the North American's tour match in 1891

Beyond England


The Numbers
parties reserve
2 1

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 23
43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve

Age 24
u/o 19 December 1891 - England 6 Canadian-Americans 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start