Jimmy Smy was bought as an inside forward who was to understudy the existing forwards with a view to taking over from them, but unfortunately, he never got the chance to forge a career at Spurs.
The locally born striker attended the Eldon Road School, started playing his football with Lower Edmonton and his school, before Smy played as an amateur for Hampstead Town in the Athenian League (whom he captained) and represented Middlesex, the Football Association and the Athenian League and his side were top of the Athenian league when he signed for Tottenham in 1926, with the inside forward signing professional on 22nd January 1929.
Smy played his first match very soon after, but although he was at the club for two years, he was used as a stand-in for Billy Cook, but never really established himself at Tottenham and did not go on to have a career in the professional game. After leaving White Hart Lane in 1931, Jimmy returned to the non-league scene with the Kent teams Northfleet United and Sittingbourne some three years later. While at Northfleet United, Smy played against Tottenham Hotspur Reserves on 4th March 1933 and was known to have played for Sittingbourne for at least three years, taking the role of captain at the club in the 1936-37 season.
When he had finished
playing, Jimmy emigrated to Australia on the 29th July
1983, where he married Jane Roberts there and the couple
had a daughter, Jennifer, and have two grandchildren,
Sarah and Linda.
Jimmy Smy died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 29th July 1997.