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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith

Birthdate: 12 March 1902
Birthplace: Old Kilpatrick, Scotland
Date of death: 1975
Other clubs: Clydebank (1925-26), Rangers (1926-27), Ayr United (1927-29), Tunbridge Wells Rangers (1932-33), Bristol Rovers (1933-35), Newport County (1935-36), Notts County (1936-37), Dumbarton (1937-39)
Bought from: Ayr United
Signed for LFC: £5,500, 18.09.1929
Liverpool debut: 21.09.1929
Last appearance: 31.10.1931
Debut goal: 21.09.1929
Last goal: 16.09.1931
Contract expiry: July 1932
Win ratio: 37.1% W:23 D:14 L:25
Games/goals ratio: 1.63
LFC league games/goals: 61 / 38
Total LFC games/goals: 62 / 38

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James Terence Smith is a legendary goalscorer in Ayr United‘s history as he made the Guinness Book of Records for holding the British seasonal record of 72 goals, four in friendlies, two in the Scottish Cup and a phenomenal 66 in 38 matches as Ayr won the Scottish Second Division Championship in the 1927/28 season. Smith was introduced into the Liverpool side for the sixth first division fixture of the 1929/30 season. He scored twice on his debut against Manchester United and played in 38 consecutive League and cup games before the season ended, scoring 23 times. Smith grabbed another 14 League goals a year later but lost his place halfway through the season, usually being replaced by Dave Wright. Wright continued to be selected ahead of Smith when the 1931/32 season opened and Smith was restricted to just three more appearances for the club. His final game was in a defeat at Sheffield United on the last day of October 1931, the last of his 62 appearances for Liverpool, in which he had scored an impressive total of 38 goals.

Smith‘s career took a decidedly downward turn after Liverpool. He played one season as an amateur for Tunbridge Wells Rangers in the Eastern Section of the Southern League before joining third division south team Bristol Rovers where he struggled to hold a regular place. Smith scored ten goals in 26 League games for third division Newport County in the 1935/36 season. He just touched down at Notts County before returning to his homeland to Dumbarton in 1937. He had a much happier time once back in the Scottish Second Division and scored 36 goals in 49 league games. He took over as Dumbarton‘s manager in 1939. He was appointed as director in 1941 as the club could no longer afford a manager and stayed in that capacity until 1943.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 61 1 0 0 0 62
1929-1930 37 1 0 0 0 38
1930-1931 21 0 0 0 0 21
1931-1932 3 0 0 0 0 3

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Total Opponent
4 Sheffield United
4 Aston Villa
3 Middlesbrough
3 Derby
3 Portsmouth
3 Sunderland
3 Leeds United
3 Newcastle United
3 Manchester City
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Arsenal
3 Birmingham City
3 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Grimsby Town
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Leicester City
2 Burnley
2 West Ham United
2 Everton
2 Manchester United
1 Cardiff City
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Chelsea
1 Blackpool
Total Competition
61 League
1 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 38 0 0 0 0 38
1929-1930 23 0 0 0 0 23
1930-1931 14 0 0 0 0 14
1931-1932 1 0 0 0 0 1

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Total Competition
38 League
Total Open play/Penalty
38 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 21.09.1929 Manchester United Old Trafford League
50 01.11.1930 Manchester City Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 60 21.09.1929 Manchester United Old Trafford League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Clydebank 1925-1926 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rangers 1926-1927 Scotland Division 1 2 0 2 0
Ayr United 1927-1928 Scotland Division 2 38 66 38 66
Ayr United 1928-1929 Scotland Division 1 33 26 33 26
Ayr United 1929-1930 Scotland Division 1 5 5 5 5
Tunbridge Wells Rangers 1932-1933 Southern League Eastern Section N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bristol Rovers 1933-1934 England Third Division South 11 6 12 7
Bristol Rovers 1934-1935 England Third Division South 14 7 19 10
Newport County 1935-1936 England Third Division South 26 10 27 10
Notts County 1936-1937 England Third Division South 4 1 4 1
Dumbarton 1937-1939 Scotland Division 2 36 49 36 49
Total 169 170 176 174
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