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Jimmy Smith (footballer born 1947)

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Full nameJames Smith
Date of birth20 January 1947(age 69)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionMidfielder

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Jimmy Smith (born 20 January 1947 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player.

During his career he played for Aberdeen where he was popularly known as "Jinky". He won a Scottish Cup runners up medal in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic in 1967 and played in the United Soccer Association's inaugural season for the Washington Whips in Summer 1967. In the final which Washington lost 6-5 to Los Angeles Wolves, Smith was sent off after 30 minutes. He went on to play for Newcastle United and Celtic. He transferred from Aberdeen to Newcastle in July 1969 for a fee of £80,000. He became a popular player amongst the club's supporters, with his mazy runs and flair that enthralled the St James' Park crowd. He also won four caps for Scotland.

Smith experienced a series of knee problems and was sent out on loan to Celtic in the hope it would recover him from the injury problems and allow him to regain form. He failed to do this, however, and was forced to retire at the age of 29.

His younger brother Joe also played for Aberdeen, winning a Scottish League Cup winners' medal in November 1976 when Aberdeen beat Celtic 2-0 in the final.




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