Norman Smith (English footballer)


Norman Smith (English footballer)
Norman Smith
Personal information
Full name Norman Smith
Date of birth 15 December 1897
Place of birth Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Date of death 18 May 1978
Place of death Newcastle, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924-1927 Huddersfield Town 24 (0)
1927-1930 Sheffield Wednesday 19 (0)
1930-1932 QPR ? (?)
1932-? Kreuzlingen ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Norman Smith (15 December 1897–1978) was a footballer and later manager. He was born in Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

During his playing career he played for sides including Huddersfield Town & Sheffield Wednesday.

Stan Seymour appointed Smith as his assistant at Newcastle United in 1939 and he helped contribute to the club's success in the 1950s. The loyalty he had shown by staying at the club for twenty-two years was rewarded in 1961 when he was appointed the new manager of the club, following Charlie Mitten's sacking. His record as manager was fairly poor, winning just twelve games out of thirty-five. However he had the respect of the fans for staying with the club for so long and showing a passion for the club. This did not stop him from being replaced a year later in 1962 by Joe Harvey, ending his brief spell as manager.

The club was in mourning sixteen years later in 1978, when Smith suddenly died. He was on his way home from Newcastle's stadium St James' Park after watching the team play.



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