Steve Smith (footballer, born 1874)
|Full name||Stephen Smith|
|Date of birth||14 January 1874|
|Place of birth||Abbots Bromley, England|
|Date of death||19 May 1935(aged 61)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Smith was born in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire. 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.
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