Steve Smith (footballer, born 1874)

Stephen Smith (14 January 1874 – 19 May 1935)[1][2] was an England international football player in the late 19th century.

Steve Smith
Stephen Smith, 1895.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stephen Smith
Date of birth (1874-01-14)14 January 1874
Place of birth Abbots Bromley, England
Date of death 19 May 1935(1935-05-19) (aged 61)
Position(s) Outside left
Youth career
Cannock Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hednesford Town
1893–1901 Aston Villa 162 (35)
1901–1906 Portsmouth
1906–1908 New Brompton 71 (5)
National team
1895 England 1 (1)
Teams managed
1906–1908 New Brompton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Smith was born in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.[3] He played for Aston Villa from 1893 to 1901, helping them to win the Football League title in 1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99 and 1899–1900, as well as the 1895 FA Cup Final. Although Villa also won the cup in 1897 (thereby taking the "double"), Smith was not selected to play in the final although he made four appearances in the earlier rounds. He made one England appearance against Scotland in 1895.[3]

In 1901 he moved south to join Southern League club Portsmouth, helping them to regain the Southern League championship at the end of his first season.

Management careerEdit

In 1906 he was appointed to the role of player-manager of another Southern League club, New Brompton,[3] a position he held until 1908.[4]


One of the most effective players on the left wing since the time of Hodgetts. A particularly close dribbler, with a fine turn of speed, he was only robbed of the ball with difficulty, and with anything approaching a chance would centre most accurately. Being on the small side, he often suffered from the lungeous opponent, and while with the Villa received more than his share of hard knocks. Quiet and unassuming, he proved a most unselfish partner, and could always be relied upon to do his utmost. A modest winner and a good loser.

The Villa News and Record, 1 Sept. 1906


Aston Villa


  1. ^ Steve Smith at, Retrieved 24 September 2018
  2. ^ "England players: Steve Smith". englandfootballonline. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Manager History for Gillingham". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 April 2007.

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