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Billy Smith

Huddersfield Town AFC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 F 2: A 6
33% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  William Henry Smith
Birth 23 May 1895 in Tanfield, County Durham [registered in Lanchester, September 1895].

According to the 1901 census, William H. is the fifth of seven children to Thomas H. and Mary J. His father is a farmer and with two servants they live at Tanfield Farm in Tanfield.


According to the 1911 census, fifteen year old William Henry is working in the local colliery, and is one of four children still living at home with their parents at 22 South View in Tantobie.


According to the 1921 census, William H. is now a professional footballer (for Huddersfield Town AFC) and still lives at home with his parents at 22 South View along with two of his sisters and brother.

Marriage to Nellie Conway [registered in Huddersfield, June 1925]. One son, William Conway (b.13 July 1926)
"Two police visits to Elland public-houses where it was alleged, illegal drinking was taking place on Good Friday evening were described at the Halifax West Riding Court on Saturday, before Mr. F. Holroyd and other magistrates.
"The former Huddersfield Town and England outside left, William Henry Smith, now licensee of the Wellington Inn, Southgate, Elland, was fined £3 on summonses for aiding and abetting the consumption of intoxicating liquor in non-permitted hours at the Wellington Inn on April 7.
"Edward Jones engineer, 58, Park-road, Elland, who failed to appear, and Wilfred Pammant, labourer, 11, Hey-street, Brighouse, summoned for consuming, were fined £2 each.
"Mr. J.D. Eaton Smith (Huddersfield), on accuseds' behalf, pleaded guilty.
"Supt. Gee, prosecuting, stated that at 10.48 p.m. on Good Friday, April 7, Insp. Marshall, Sergt. Sherwin and Constable Bailey visited the Wellington Inn. They saw a light in the kitchen and in the bar passage, but found the front and side doors locked. The kitchen door, however, was loose, and when they knocked, it was opened by the licensee's wife. The officers passed through the kitchen and concert room, into the bar passage. Standing outside the bar close to the doorway, were Jones and Pammant, and the licensee was inside the bar. As the police entered the bar passage, they saw Pammant drinking from a glass which was partly filled with beer. Insp. Marshall took possession of this glass and at the same time saw Jones with a glass containing beer on the bar counter. This was seized by Sergt. Sherwin. There was another glass of beer close to the licensee, and, on Smith seeing the police, he took the glass and threw it into a bowl of water behind the bar. Sergt. Sherwin picked up the glass and drew the licensee's attention to the time, which was not disputed. Asked to explain why liquor was being consumed at that hour, Smith replied, "This is unexpected. How did you get in?" Asked who served the drinks, Smith said, "I did." Asked why they were consuming, Jones said, "Yes. That's mine. I am playing straight." Pammant said, "It is the first time I have been. This fellow would have me stop." When told they would be reported, Jones said, "Can I see you outside" Pammant said, "Let it drop. We are pals, aren't we?" The licensee's reply was "It is just my luck."
"Mr. Eaton Smith, on behalf of accused, said that Jones told him that he had a word with the police and asked them if they would be lenient as he and the other defendant had entreated the licensee to let them have a drink. Defendant Smith was a one-time international footballer, and Pammant was a man who, all his life, had been what one called a football fan. He asked Jones to introduce him to Mr. Smith and it was because of his desire to see the one-time big footballer that the case actually arose. Unfortunately, Smith had previously been before the Court for a similar offence, but he was going to ask the Bench to extend leniency to him. This was not an offence in which there had been a continuation of the bar and many people drinking after hours. It was simply a casual action.
"It was stated that defendant Smith was fined £3 on a similar charge in October, 1937."
- Saturday, 20 May 1939, The Halifax Courier and Guardian
  According to the 1939 register, William H., a newsagent, is still married to Nellie, a shop assistant, and living at 82 Balby Road in Doncaster, along with their son, William Conway.
Death 13 April 1951 at his home at 82 Balby Road, Doncaster, aged 55 years 325 days [registered in Doncaster, 1951].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started his junior football career in the Northern Alliance, playing with Hobson Wanderers FC. It was from there that he joined Huddersfield Town AFC in October 1913. Making 521 league appearances, and scoring 114 goals, Smith remained with them until Town decided not to renew his contract in May 1934. So Rochdale AFC made Smith their player-manager on 12 July, retiring from playing a year later, making just three league appearances, scoring once.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1919-20; Division One Champions 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, runners-up 1926-27, 1927-28, 1933-34; FA Cup runners-up 1919-20, 1927-28, 1929-30, winners 1921-22; FA Charity Shield winners 1922;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions Father of Conway Smith (Huddersfield Town AFC, Queen's Park Rangers FC and Halifax Town FC). The pair were the first father and son duo to each score one hundred Football League goals. Grandfather of Robert Smith (Huddersfield Town AFC)
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 0lbs [1928 & 1929].


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

Management Career

Club(s) Joined Rochdale AFC as their player-manager in July 1934, retiring from playing a year later. Remained as manager until November 1935.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 426th players (429) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
First match No. 128, 13 March 1922, England 1 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 26 years 294 days.
Last match No. 159, 31 March 1928, England 1 Scotland 5, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 32 years 313 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1921-22, 1927-28;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information, but newspaper reports confirm that he became a licensee in Halifax, The Wellington Inn, certainly in early 1939. By the end of the year, he was a newsagent and they were living in Doncaster. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.230.


Billy Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Billy Smith - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home - British Championship 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 1 1 0.667 2.00 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 1 1 0.667 2.00 33.3 -1


Billy Smith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1921-22 2 1 0 1 1 1 =0 1 1 0.50 0.50 50.0 =0
BC 1927-28 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0 0 1.00 5.00 0.00 -1
BC All 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 1 1 0.667 2.00 33.3 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 1 1 0.667 2.00 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 1 1 0.667 2.00 33.3 -1


Billy Smith - Match History
 Club: Huddersfield Town A.F.C. - 3 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full capsx

Age 26
1 128 13 March 1922 - England 1 Wales 0, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start ol
2 129 8 April 1922 - England 0 Scotland 1, Villa Park, Birmingham HL Start ol

gap of 5 years 357 days...

Age 32
3 159 31 March 1928 - England 1 Scotland 5, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start ol