Players - Jock Smith

Jock Smith
Birthdate: 19 December 1865
Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Scotland
Date of death: 23 January 1911
Other clubs: Summerton Athletic, Kilmarnock (1885-87), Newcastle East End (1887), Kilmarnock (2 / 1887-88), Newcastle East End (2 / 1888-89), Sunderland (1889-92), The Wednesday (1893-94), Newcastle United (1894-95), Loughborough
Bought from: Sunderland
Signed for LFC: May 1892
Liverpool debut: 03.09.1892
Last appearance: 25.03.1893
Debut goal: 03.09.1892
Last goal: 25.03.1893
Contract expiry: 02.08.1893
Win ratio: 72.73% W:8 D:0 L:3
Games/goals ratio: 2.2
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
League games / goals: 0 / 0
Total games / goals: 11 / 5

Player Profile

Smith was said to be "a grand acquisition" for newly-formed Liverpool, "possessing rare speed and good dribbling powers." Inside-right Smith played ten games in the Lancashire league for Liverpool and scored five goals. Smith later scored 12 goals in 35 games for second division Newcastle United, that had been merged from his former club, Newcastle East End, and Newcastle West End in 1892. On 23 January 1911 when Smith was 55 years of age he committed suicide two days after one of his children had died. “Suicide whilst in a depressed state of mind” was the verdict returned at an inquest held at the Newcastle Central Police Station. Newcastle gave his widow a benefit match at St James' Park.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 1 0 0 10 11
1892-1893 0 1 0 0 10 11
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
2 Fleetwood Rangers
2 South Shore
2 Rossendale
1 West Manchester
1 Higher Walton
1 Bury
1 Blackpool
1 Northwich Vict.
Total Competition
10 Lancashire League
1 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 0 0 0 5 5
1892-1893 0 0 0 0 5 5
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Competition
5 Lancashire League
Total Open play/Penalty
5 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other
Related Articles
Liverpool Football Echo report

Liverpool Football Echo match report on Liverpool v. Southport Central on 17.09.1892.

Related Quotes

"Then let Smith not dally so long with the ball; let him either pass or shoot. He is playing a good game at present, but for a little dilatoriness."

Liverpool directors on John Smith in the programme notes against Cliftonville in April 1893

Smith, the ex-Sunderland man, is a grand acquisition, possessing rare speed and good dribbling powers, and if he does not develop selfish tendencies he and Wyllie will make an excellent wing.

Field Sport on John Smith in 1892