- Trevor Smith (footballer)
Infobox Football biography
playername = Trevor Smith
fullname = Trevor Smith
dateofbirth = birth date|1936|4|13|df=y
dateofdeath = death date and age|2003|8|9|1936|4|13|df=y
countryofdeath = England
position = Centre half
youthyears = 1951–53
youthclubs = Birmingham City
years = 1953–64
clubs = Birmingham City
caps(goals) = 365 0(3)
nationalyears = 1955–59
nationalteam = England U-23
nationalcaps(goals) = 015 0(0)
Smith was born in
Brierley Hill, Staffordshireand attended Quarry Bank Secondary Modern School. In 1951 he captained the local schools' representative side, Brierley Hill, Sedgley and District, to its first final of the English Schools' F.A. Trophy, losing to Liverpool Schools 5–3 on aggregate. A feature of the first leg, according to the Brierley Hill local newspaper, was the "solid play of the two centre-halves, Parkes for Liverpool and Smith for the home team", ["County Advertiser and Herald" (12 May 1951), cited in cite book |author=Kerrigan, Colm |title=A history of the English Schools' Football Association 1904–2004 |publisher=Yore Publications |date=2004 |isbn=1-874427-941] while the match programme from the second leg described him thus::"In Trevor Smith, a tall and weighty boy (nearly twelve stones) who captains the side and plays at centre half, Brierley Hill have a sheet anchor. Few centre forwards have been happy against him this season and, in addition to his stopper role, he finds time to distribute the ball effectively to his forwards." [Match programme, E.S.F.A. Trophy Final second leg, 23 May 1951, section quoted in cite news |url=http://www.blackcountrybugle.co.uk/blackcountrybugle-sport/displayarticle.asp?id=73207 |title=The year Brierley Hill Boys just missed out on football glory |work= Black Country Bugle|date=28 October 2004 |accessdate=2008-10-03]
When he left school he signed for Birmingham City as an amateur, and played for the team that won the European Youth Cupcite news |title=Obituary: Trevor Smith |author=Ponting, Ivan |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20030915/ai_n12704214 |work=
The Independent|date=15 September 2003 |accessdate=2007-07-11] (now called Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup) [cite web |url=http://www.youthcup.ch/youthcup_geschichte_css/siegerliste_byfc_bis_2006.html |title=Siegerliste ab 1939 |work=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup official site|language=German |accessdate=2008-10-03] the following year. He turned professional on reaching his 17th birthday in April 1953, and made his first-team debut for Birmingham, then in the Second Division, six months later, scoring an own goal in a 4–2 win at Derby.cite book |author=Matthews, Tony |title=Birmingham City: A Complete Record |year=1995 |pages=p. 125 |publisher=Breedon Books |location=Derby |isbn=978-1-85983-010-9] Apart from interruptions due to injury or to National Serviceobligations, he was a regular choice for the first team from then on.
Smith's career at Birmingham coincided with probably the best period in the club's history. Under the management of Arthur Turner, they won promotion to the First Division in 1954–55, reached the FA Cup Final and their highest ever finishing position (sixth place) the following season, and then the FA Cup semifinal in 1957, only to lose to Manchester United's "
Busby Babes". They went on to play on the losing side in two successive Inter-Cities Fairs Cupfinals, [cite web |url=http://www.rsssf.com/ec/ec195960det.html#fc |title=Fairs' Cup 1958-60 |author=Zea, Antonio |coauthors=Haisma, Marcel |date=27 June 2007 |publisher=RSSSF |accessdate=2007-07-11] [cite web |url=http://www.rsssf.com/ec/ec196061det.html#fc |title=Fairs' Cup 1960-61 |author=Zea, Antonio |coauthors=Haisma, Marcel |date=27 June 2007 |publisher=RSSSF |accessdate=2007-07-11] under Smith's captaincy. The club's success during this period was built on a solid defence, comprising a first-choice selection of international players Gil Merrick, Jeff Hall, Ken Green and Smith himself, together with wing-halves Len Boydand hard-man Roy Warhurst.
Smith represented his country at schoolboy and youth levels, and won no fewer than 15 caps at Under-23 level. [cite web |url=http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eng-u23-intres-det.html |title=England - U-23 International Results- Details |author=Courtney, Barrie |date=27 March 2004 |publisher=RSSSF |accessdate=2007-07-11] He was selected to represent England B against their West German counterparts when still only 18. [cite web |url=http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eng-b-intres-det.html |title=England - International Results B-Team - Details |author=Courtney, Barrie |date=21 March 2004 |publisher=RSSSF |accessdate=2007-07-11] He had all the attributes necessary for a top-class centre-half. Tall and powerfully built, he was good in the air and in the tackle and read the game well, [cite news |title=Trevor Smith |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article878582.ece |work=
The Times|date=20 August 2003 |accessdate=2007-07-11] combining an uncompromising physical game with good technique.When the great Billy Wright retired from international football, the 23-year-old Smith was chosen to take his place, making his England debut against Wales at Ninian Parkon 17 October 1959. A calf injury sustained early on which hampered his movement meant he failed to do himself justice,cite web |url=http://www.englandfootballonline.com/MatchRsl/SumsGiller1955-60.html |title=England Postwar Lineups and Match Highlights Part 3: 1955-56 to 1959-60 |accessdate=2007-07-09 |author=Giller, Norman] but he kept his place for the next match, against Sweden later that month. England performed poorly overall against the Swedes, Smith and his defence failed to cope with Swedish forward Agne Simonsson, and he was not chosen for his country again; Brian Clough's England career was also restricted to these same two games.
By the early 1960s, Birmingham were past their best. The Cup Final team had dispersed, league form was poor, but the new
League Cupcompetition provided some relief. In 1963 they reached the final against local rivals Aston Villa, who were hot favourites having won the league meeting two months earlier by four clear goals. However, under the captaincy of the inspirational Smith, Birmingham won the home leg by a comfortable 3–1 margin, and a goalless draw in the away leg gave them their first major trophy.
At the start of the 1964–65 season, Smith lost his place through injury, and when he recovered he moved to Walsall of the Third Division for a fee of £18,000. He was able to make only 13 appearances for the club before
arthritisforced his retirement in 1966 at the age of 29. Walsall were critical of Birmingham, believing they had knowingly sold them an unfit player. After leaving the game Smith went into the licensed trade, first with a pub in Tamworth, then as manager of off-licences in Birmingham and later in Dagenham. He retired to Walton-on-the-Nazein Essexand died 18 months later of lung canceron 9 August 2003 at the age of 67. [cite web |url=http://www.tendringpct.nhs.uk/documents/communication/trevor%20smith.doc |format=DOC |date=1 March 2004 |title=Death from smoking - one family's story |accessdate=2007-07-11 |publisher=Tendring Primary Care Trust]
* [http://www.englandstats.com/playerreport.php?pid=894 Profile] at englandstats.com
NAME = Smith, Trevor
ALTERNATIVE NAMES =
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Professional footballer
DATE OF BIRTH =
PLACE OF BIRTH =
Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, England
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Trevor Smith — may refer to: *Trevor Smith (field hockey player), Australian Olympic field hockey player *Trevor Smith (footballer), Birmingham City and England footballer *Trevor Smith (cricketer), English cricketer *Trevor Smith (musician), musician and sound … Wikipedia
Trevor Howard — For the footballer, see: Trevor Howard (footballer) Infobox actor name = Trevor Howard imagesize = 166px caption = birthname = Trevor Wallace Howard Smith birthdate = birth date|1913|9|29|df=y birthplace = Cliftonville, Kent, England deathdate =… … Wikipedia
Trevor Peake — (born 10 February 1957 in Nuneaton) is a retired English footballer. He was a member of Coventry City s FA Cup winning team in 1987and is current assistant academy director of Leicester City.Coaching careerPeake spent his final season at Luton… … Wikipedia
Trevor — Infobox Given Name Revised| name = Trevor | imagesize = | caption = pronunciation = gender = Male | meaning = Big Village Prudent region = | origin = Welsh, Irish related names = footnotes = (insert reference)Trevor can be a male given name or a… … Wikipedia
People with the surname Smith — Smith is one of the most widely distributed surnames in the English speaking world. Following is a list of notable people with the surname Smith:People known primarily as having the surname Smith Common combinations of given name and surname… … Wikipedia
Bobby Thomson (footballer born 1937) — Infobox Football biography playername = Bobby Thomson fullname = Robert Gillies McKenzie Thomson dateofbirth = March 21, 1937 cityofbirth = Dundee countryofbirth = Scotland dateofdeath = cityofdeath = countryofdeath = height = position = Forward… … Wikipedia
Jeff Hall (footballer) — Infobox Football biography playername = Jeff Hall fullname = Jeffrey James Hall dateofbirth = birth date|1929|9|7|df=y cityofbirth = Scunthorpe countryofbirth = England dateofdeath = death date and age|1959|4|4|1929|9|7|df=y cityofdeath =… … Wikipedia
Neil Roberts (Australian footballer) — Neil Roberts Personal information Birth 15 June 1933 (1933 06 15) (age 78) Recruited from Melbourne High School Height and weight 185cm / 84.5kg Playing career¹ Team(s) … Wikipedia
Colin Watson (footballer) — Colin Watson Personal information Birth 12 October 1900(1900 10 12) Recruited from South Warrnambool Height and weight 180 cm / 82.5 kg Death … Wikipedia
David Williams (Welsh footballer) — Not to be confused with Dave Williams (Welsh footballer). David Williams Personal information Full name David Williams Date of birth … Wikipedia