Tom Smith was an integral member of the FA Cup winning team of 1901 and his wing play and hard work as a willing runner up and down the line, produced a number of goal for others.
A flying winger at Preston North End, Tom developed a reputation for speedy wing-play, with quite a few tricks in his play and it was unfortunate that an injury robbed him of a continued run in the side, finding that his namesake had replaced him in the team when he regained fitness.
The insecurity of not knowing whether he would be playing from one week to another, Spurs secretary moved to secure his services and the regular place in the Tottenham team gave Smith the confidence to sparkle in his right wing berth.
Always a pacy player, there was a fair amount of thought that went into his game, with a deliberation in his delivery that complemented the speed of foot. Picking out a fellow team-mate was his priority and his ability to dip a cross onto the head of Bill Joyce, John Cameron or David Copeland often caught out opposition defences.
The signing of Tom Pratt in 1899 brought a new partnership that proved fruitful to both players who had been together at Deepdale and the club as Smith set them up and Pratt knocked them in to take Spurs to the Southern League title in 1900. Also contributed seven goals in 28 games in the Championship winning season.
Went on to play for Carlisle United and ended his playing days at Maryport Tradesmen in 1909. An all-round sportsman, Tom also played rugby for Fothergill and cricket for Marysport Cricket club.
His sons also played cricket with him and one, E. D. Smith refereed the 1946 FA Cup final between Derby County and Charlton Athletic.
Tom Smith died on 26th April 1937.