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George Smith (footballer born 1915)

Personal information
Full nameGeorge Caspar Smith
Date of birth23 April 1915
Place of birthBromley-by-Bow, England
Date of death31 October 1983(age 68)
Place of deathBodmin, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionCentre half

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George Caspar Smith was an English footballer who was born in Bromley-by-Bow, East London on 23 April 1915 and played as a centre half. He died in 1983.

He appeared in one wartime international for England (against Wales in May 1945) for which caps were not awarded although the England teams then were probably stronger than some pre-war sides. He also played in armed services representative sides which were Great Britain elevens in all but name. According to George Allison, Arsenal's manager, wartime football was 'better in quality than pre-war League football'.

After retiring from playing, Smith had a successful career as both an F.A. coach and manager. His league win ratios at Crystal Palace and Portsmouth FC were 43% and 36% respectively.

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