Manager #2

Games Managed:

From:

To:

Win Rate:

Points per Game:

Seasons:

364

1926-27

1933-34

48%

1.63

8

Billy Smith

From

Saturday, 28 August 1926

To

Saturday, 5 May 1934

Billy Smith

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

1926-27
1927-28
1928-29
1929-30
1930-31
1931-32
1932-33
1933-34

Age*

33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Position

10th
8th
3rd
4th
2nd
5th
2nd
13th

Games

364
43
45
48
46
44
45
45
48

Won

175
18
19
27
24
25
29
24
18

Drew

67
7
9
5
5
10
9
9
13

Lost

122
18
17
16
17
9
16
12
17

Win %

48%
42%
42%
56%
52%
57%
44%
53%
38%

Lost %

34%
42%
38%
33%
37%
20%
36%
27%
35%

Unbeaten %

66%
58%
62%
67%
63%
80%
64%
73%
65%

Goals For

813
82
84
115
105
131
107
96
93

Goals Vs.

652
85
77
85
88
83
75
73
86

Goal diff

161
-3
7
30
17
48
32
23
7

Goals / game

2.23
1.91
1.87
2.4
2.28
2.98
2.38
2.13
1.94

Conc / game

1.79
1.98
1.71
1.77
1.91
1.89
1.67
1.62
1.79

Clean sheets

21.98%
25.58%
33.33%
18.75%
13.04%
18.18%
15.56%
33.33%
18.75%

Points / game

1.63
1.42
1.47
1.79
1.67
1.93
1.53
1.8
1.4

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

W.J. Smith

Full Name

W.J. Smith

Birth Date

1893

Birth Place

Unknown

Birth Country

Unknown

Arrival

From

Administration Staff

Aged

17

In

1910

Replaced

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Departure

Restructure

Aged

41

In

May 1934

Replaced by

Jimmy McMullan

Key Players

1914-29 Frank Moss |
1919-31 Dicky York |
1919-30 Arthur Dorrell |
1919-27 Billy Kirton |
1919-34 Billy Walker |
1919-33 Tommy Smart |
1921-29 Len Capewell |
1921-35 Tommy Mort |
1923-29 Vic Milne |
1923-33 Teddy Bowen |
1923-35 Alec Talbot |
1926-36 Billy Kingdon |
1926-36 Jimmy Gibson |
1927-36 Joe Beresford |
1927-34 Joe Tate |
1927-36 Pongo Waring |
1929-35 George Brown |
1929-47 Eric Houghton |
1931-37 Dai Astley |
1931-36 Danny Blair |
1931-37 Harry Morton |
1932-47 Ernie Callaghan |

Game from

#1351

Game to

#1714

First Game

Saturday, 28 August 1926

Division One

Newcastle United

St James' Park

Lost

0-4

Supported by

1926-34 Harry Cooch |

Final Game

Saturday, 5 May 1934

Division One

Everton

Goodison Park

Drew

2-2

Served under

1926-34 Chairman, J. E. Jones |

Honours

Managed the Villa

Runners Up

1930-31 | Runners Up Division One |
1932-33 | Runners Up Division One |

Died

Billy passed away in 1957 aged 64, a somewhat forgotten and unsung hero of a dynamic period in Villa's history.

Previous Clubs Managed

Villa was Billy Smith's first 'managerial' post

Playing Career

Unknown

Unknown

Villa Career

Games

364

Win Rate

48%

Loss Rate

34%

Unbeaten Rate

66%

Points per game

1.63

Subsequent Clubs

Retired

League finishes

1926-27 | 10th Division One |
1927-28 | 8th Division One |
1928-29 | 3rd Division One |
1929-30 | 4th Division One |
1930-31 | Runners Up Division One |
1931-32 | 5th Division One |
1932-33 | Runners Up Division One |
1933-34 | 13th Division One |

FA Cup finishes

1926-27 | 3rd Round |
1927-28 | 5th Round |
1928-29 | Semi Final |
1929-30 | Quarter Final |
1930-31 | 3rd Round |
1931-32 | 4th Round |
1932-33 | 4th Round |
1933-34 | Semi Final |

League Cup finishes

n/a

European finishes

n/a

Billy Smith

Manager #2 for Aston Villa, W.J, Smith, known as Billy Smith was appointed Secretary of the club in 1926 to replace long term and highly successful secretary George Ramsay and took on the duties of leading the management committee from the 1926-27 season. Billy 'managed' Villa between 1926-27 and 1933-34 taking charge of 364 games.