Camberwell, London born centre half Albert “Bertie” Smith began his football career after the First World War, playing for Nunhead in 1921 before joining Herbert Chapman’s First Division Huddersfield Town, for whom he made his Football League debut at Preston North End in February 1923. He played 8 times in 1923-24 as Huddersfield Town won the League Championship, but remained a fringe player at Leeds Road, making no appearances as they retained the League title in 1924-25 and only one appearance, scoring his only goal for The Terriers against Blackburn Rovers in a 3-1 victory in April 1926, as they made it a hat-trick of League titles.
Released after 12 appearances in total, he joined Second Division Bradford City in the 1926 close season, and playing as a forward scored 5 goals in 18 appearances for The Bantams during 1926-27. However they were relegated to the Third Division and he joined non league Rhyl Athletic at the end of the season, joining Bangor City later in 1927. In 1928 he returned to Football League action joining Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, making 29 appearances for The Cherries in his single season in Dorset before returning to London to join non league Streatham Town.