bert smith - fact file

1916 - 1929        midfield

Born on 7th March 1892 in Higham, Kent, England.

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A mixture of ball-winner and schemer in midfield, Bert Smith used his ability to break up opposition's attacks and start Tottenham going forward.

Smith was a guest player as a forward during World War I, but on joining the club he was moved into a half back berth where he became an established Spurs player and went on to great success. 

Bert's early career was spent in his local area playing for Vanbrugh Park and Crawford United before stepping up to feature for Athenian League side Metrogas.  Huddersfield Town spotted him and he signed professional with the Terriers in 1913. 

Unfortunately, the war interrupted his Huddersfield career and he went on to play for the British Army side against the French army, also making his first appearance as a guest for Tottenham against Arsenal in 1916.  On resumption of football after the war had ended, Spurs secured his services for 150 in the close season in 1919.  Smith made an immediate impact and his presence in the first team (missing only two matches) helped Spurs to a return to Division One and propelled him into the England reckoning, featuring in a trial match for the South against England at WBA FC.  On this occasion, Bert was not selected, but a year later, he was playing for the South against England, but this time at White Hart Lane, where his display earned him his England debut against Wales in 1921, just before he was a key player in Tottenham's FA Cup Final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.

The following season Smith was among the players selected from the trial match when the South played England at Craven Cottage and in May 1922, he played his second and last international against Wales again.  Despite featuring in another trial game for the South v the North at Leeds in 1922, he was not chosen again.

Having given the midfield of the Tottenham team a solid core for a number of years, Bert stayed with Spurs until 1929-30, turning out for the reserves and A team before moving on to coach the Northfleet United nursery side in 1930.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 1913 ?? 13th September 1913  v  Fulham (away) ?? ??
Northfleet ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Guest) ?? ?? 2nd December 1916  v Arsenal  (War time league) ()  - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Summer 1919 150 30th August 1919  v Coventry City  (Division Two) (away)  Won 5-0 319 10
Sheppey United ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
291 League appearances; 9 goals
28 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals

Honours
England international
2 full caps;  0 goals
Under-21 caps; goals
FA Cup winners medal 1920-1921  (THFC)
Second Division Championship winners medal  1919-1920  (THFC)
Charity Shield winners medal 1920-1921  (THFC)

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