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Eric Smith

Position Right half
Born 29 Jul 1934, Glasgow (Scotland)
Height 165 cm
Weight 72 kg
International Caps Scotland: 2 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Glasgow Celtic 01 Jun 1953 01 Jun 1960     £10000
Leeds United 01 Jun 1960 01 Jun 1964 72 3 £0
Greenock Morton 01 Jun 1964 01 Jun 1966      

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1960 - 1961 182 1  0  0  0 
1961 - 1962 411 2  3  0  0 
1962 - 1963 6  0  0  0  0 
1963 - 1964 0  0  1  0  0 
Total 653 3  4  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

Eric Smith joined Celtic from junior football in Glasgow and was a member of the Cup-winning side of 1956. With two Scottish caps to his name, he was picked up by Leeds in summer 1960 but broke his leg early on and missed 4 months. He came back into the side, keeping his place until early in the 1962/63 season and he returned to Scotland in summer 1964. He worked as coach for Morton and out in Cyprus before returning to manage Morton and then Hamilton. In the late 1970s, he managed a club side out in the Gulf. He died in 1991.

Kim says: He's my cousin

Malcolm Derrick says: I first met Eric whilst we were serving our National Service together from 1955 to 1957. Initially we were posted to 6 Training Regiment of the Royal Engineers at Norton Camp, Worcester. As my family home was only 22miles away in Northfield, Birmingham, Eric and I would sometimes visit my parents, at the same time enjoy a home cooked meal by way of a change from army food. As the proud owner of a 1937 Ford popular car I used to transport some of the pro footballers based on our camp to Birmingham Airport in order to fly to Scotland for their weekend games. Players including Dave McKay(then playing for Hearts), Bobby Walker(Hamilton), Ralph Brand(Rangers) and of course Eric(Celtic). Needless to say the poor old car, which by this time was a good 18yrs old used to struggle, but we still used to make it. On one occasion Eric who one weekend was due a 48 hour pass, and was looking forward to seeing his girlfriend when getting home, and not wishing to subject himself to a military haircut persuaded me to give him a trim, but having done my best it was decided that maybe the camp barber may after all have been a better bet. After demob in 1957 I lost contact with Eric. The nearest I got to seeing him again was during a visit to Glasgow when Eric was manager of Hamilton. I was deeply saddened to learn that he had died in 1991, but I will always have fond memories of the time I new him and played with him in our squadron team during our army days.



 

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