Smith Jack Image 2 Portsmouth 1934


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Whitburn, Tyneside born inside forward Jack Smith played for North Shields Athletic in 1913 but after the end of the First World War joined Second Division South Shields, making his Football League debut at Tottenham Hotspur in September 1919. He soon became a regular scorer for South Shields and over the next 9 seasons scored 90 goals in 278 appearances, before being signed by First Division Portsmouth in January 1928.

In his first full season with Pompey they reached the 1929 FA Cup Final but were beaten 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers at Wembley. He was first called into the England squad in November 1930 but was a non playing reserve against Wales. His first cap came in October 1931 at Windsor Park, Belfast, scoring in a 6-2 victory over Ireland. He then scored again a month later in a 3-1 victory over Wales at Anfield and scored twice a month thereafter in a 7-1 victory over Spain at Highbury, which proved his final England international.

He was back at Wembley for the 1934 FA Cup Final but Portsmouth were again beaten, this time by 2 late Fred Tilson goals for Manchester City. He joined Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in May 1935 after 69 goals in 299 appearances for Pompey, scoring twice in 46 appearances before joining Clapton Orient at the end of October 1936. He made only 7 appearances at Brisbane Road and retired when he was released from his contract by Clapton Orient in February 1937.

One of four footballing brothers, the others being Sep (Leicester City), Tom (Leicester City) and WH (Portsmouth).

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