Player profile

Sammy Smyth

Birthdate: 25 February 1925
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Other clubs: Distillery (1942-44), Linfield (1944-47), Dundela (1947), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1947-51), Stoke City (1951-52), Bangor (1955)
Bought from: Stoke City
Signed for LFC: £12,000, December 1952
International debut: 04.10.1947 vs Scotland
International caps: 9/5 - 08.03.1950
Liverpool debut: 03.01.1953
Last appearance: 24.04.1954
Debut goal: 07.02.1953
Last goal: 19.04.1954
Contract expiry: January 1955
Win ratio: 29.55% W: 13 D: 6 L: 25
Games/goals ratio: 2.2
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 44 / 20
Total LFC games/goals: 44 / 20

Player profile

Belfast-born inside-forward Smyth played for his hometown club Linfield before moving to Wolves in July 1947. His highlight there was scoring a goal in a 3-1 victory in the 1949 FA Cup final against Leicester City. After four years, 115 appearances and 43 goals at Molineux, he was transferred to Stoke City where he scored 19 goals in 44 games for the struggling first division club. Smyth joined Liverpool when he was 27-years-old and went straight into the team. He made his debut on 3 January 1953 when Liverpool visited the club he had just signed from. But it was no happy return. Stoke won 3-1 and Liverpool lost their next two matches as well to give them an unenviable record of just three points from the last 22 and in very real danger of relegation to the Second Division. After just one League victory in 15 games, Smyth scored in the next three matches, all of which were won. The seven goals he managed to score from 18 games were a big factor in Liverpool just climbing to safety by the end of the season.

But a year later, an even better strike-rate, 13 from 26 games, couldn't prevent relegation despite a late rally which saw four victories in six games. The club's proud record of being a first division club for nearly 50 years was at an end. Smyth wanted to focus on his business in his native Northern Ireland so Liverpool had to cope without their top-scorer in the Second Division. Manager Don Welsh was disappointed in losing Smyth but wished him well: “Sammy is quite rightly looking to his future and we accept that. We will miss him, but we’ll get by without him.” Smyth was a bookmaker and then opened his own sports shop business.

Appearances per season

1952-1953 18000018
1953-1954 26000026

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

3Manchester City
3Bolton Wanderers
3Cardiff City
2Aston Villa
2Manchester United
2Newcastle United
1Preston North End
1Huddersfield Town
1Charlton Athletic
1Stoke City
1Sheffield United
1Sheffield Wednesday

Goals per season

1952-1953 700007
1953-1954 13000013

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalGoal minute period
31-15 minutes
316-30 minutes
331-45 minutes
446-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
476-90 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
20Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

103.01.1953Stoke CityVictoria GroundLeague

Milestone Goals

12207.02.1953MiddlesbroughAyresome ParkLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1952-1953 * Striker
1953-1954 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.