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Wallace Smith (footballer)

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Full nameWallace Smith
Date of birth1881
Place of birthCoventry, England
Date of deathJuly 1917
Place of deathWorksop, England
Playing positionStriker

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Wallace Smith (1881 July 1917), also known as Wally Smith, was an English footballer who played for six clubs during his career, including three league clubs.

Smith was born in Coventry in 1881. He moved to Northamptonshire with his family when he was five-years-old. He returned to West Yorkshire when he started his playing with Rothwell Town, where he was their leading goal-scorer. He moved on to Kettering Town where he continued to find the net, scoring 23 goals in his third and final season. He moved on to Southern League side Northampton Town in 1904 for one season.

He was then signed for £50 in March 1905 by Bradford City. He scored the only goal on his debut in a 1 0 win over Leeds City on September 2, 1905, finishing the 1905 06 season as top goal-scorer with 20 goals, including a goal in the 5 0 victory against First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. He again topped the scoring charts for City the following season with 14 goals as City came fifth.

In 1907 08 he and Frank O'Rourke formed a lethal partnership to guide City to the Division Two title. Smith finished with 20 goals, one behind O'Rourke, including four against Chesterfield in an opening day 8 1 win. Smith struggled in Division One and he failed to find the net in 16 games, leaving in January 1909 for Leicester Fosse. His Leicester career lasted just six games as they finished bottom of Division One, with his former club staying up on goal average.

Instead he moved to Hull City for the start of the 1909 10 season, when they narrowly missed out on promotion. Smith was forced to retire through injury in 1912 and died in his Worksop home five years later.

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