Player #455

Appearances:

130

Starts:

130

Goals:

25

Seasons:

5

Les J Smith
Les J Smith

Source: Football card #6 Les Smith issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series, second series.

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Les J Smith
Les J Smith

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Les J Smith

Position

Winger

From

1955-56

To

1959-60

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Les J Smith

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

27
28
29
30
31

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D2

Appearances

130
14
48
33
35
0

Starts

130
14
48
33
35
0

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

25
4
13
2
6
0

*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

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Leslie Joseph Smith

Birth Date

Saturday, 24 December 1927

Birth Place

Halesowen, Dudley

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Wolverhampton Wanderers

From

For

£25,000

On

February 1956

Previous Clubs

1947-56 Wolverhampton Wanderers |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

January 1960

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Les J Smith
Les J Smith

Source: Football card #6 Les Smith issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series, second series.

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Les J Smith
Les J Smith

Source: Football card #6 Les Smith issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series, second series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1956-60 £25k, 130 | 25 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Eric Houghton |
Joe Mercer |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 11 February 1956

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 11 February 1956

Arsenal (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Monday, 19 March 1956

Final Appearance

Monday, 20 April 1959

Nottingham Forest (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 20 April 1959

Honours

1956-57 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

8 March 2008, Aged 80

Les J Smith

Player #455 for Aston Villa, Leslie Joseph Smith, known as Les Smith, played as a winger for the club in the outside right position.

Les played for Villa between 1955-56 and 1958-59 making 130 appearances and scoring 25 goals.

Les was born in Halesowen, just 10 miles from Villa Park, on 24 December 1927 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 11 February 1956 aged 28.

Villa had signed Les from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £25,000 earlier in February 1956.

During his time with Villa Les won the 1957 FA Cup and was an ever present in the victorious 1956-57 FA Cup campaign including the 2-1 triumph over Manchester United in the final held at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 99,225 when Peter McParland scored twice to win Villa the Cup for a record seventh time.

Les also helped Villa reach the FA Cup Semi Final in 1958-59 but had the misfortune to experience relegation to the Second Division with Villa that same season despite scoring 6 goals in his 33 appearances.

Although Les joined Villa at a relatively late age, his career was cut short after an achilles injury forced him into retirement in 1960.

Les played his last game for the club on Monday, 20 April 1959 aged 31.

Les had played his Villa career under managers Eric Houghton and Joe Mercer.

Les passed away in Stourbridge on 8 March 2008 aged 80.