Player #101

Appearances:

188

Starts:

188

Goals:

42

Seasons:

8

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Source: Football card Steve Smith issued by Ogden’s Cigarettes under the General Interest series, 1902.

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Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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Steve Smith

Position

Winger

From

1893-94

To

1900-01

IMAGE CREDIT

Steve Smith

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Seasons

Age*

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

188
15
31
11
19
11
28
37
36

Starts

188
15
31
11
19
11
28
37
36

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

42
2
16
2
4
2
4
7
5

*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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Stephen Smith

Birth Date

Wednesday, 14 January 1874

Birth Place

Abbotts Langley, Hertfordshire

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Hednesford Town

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Cannock & Rugeley Colliery |
Cannock Town |
Rugeley Ceal FC |
Hednesford Town |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Portsmouth

For

Free

On

1901

Subsequent Clubs

Portsmouth |

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Source: Football card Steve Smith issued by Ogden’s Cigarettes under the General Interest series, 1902.

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Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Source: Football card Steve Smith issued by Ogden’s Cigarettes under the General Interest series, 1902.

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Villa Career

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

1893-01 Aston Villa, Free, 188 | 42 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 28 October 1893

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 28 October 1893

Burnley (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 28 October 1893

Final Appearance

Monday, 22 April 1901

Derby County (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 22 April 1901

Honours

1893-94 League Champions |
1894-95 FA Cup Winners |
1895-96 League Champions |
1896-97 League Champions |
1896-97 FA Cup Winners |
1898-99 League Champions |
1899-00 League Champions |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

19 May 1935, Aged 61

Steve Smith

Player #101 for Aston Villa, Stephen Smith, known as Steve Smith, played as a winger for the club in a position then known as an outside left.

Steve represented Villa between 1893-94 and 1900-01 making a total of 187 appearances across his 7 seasons with the Villa.

Steve was born in Abbotts Langley on 14th January 1874 and made his debut as a 19 year old on 28th October 1893.

Villa had signed Steve from Hednesford Town and he went on to help Villa secure 5 League Championships in 1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1898-99 and 1899-00 as well as winning 2 FA Cups with the club in 1894-95, 1896-97 (the latter completing the league and cup double) and 2 Charity Shields.

Steve was a core member of the Villa side that delivered unprecedented success through the 1890s with 5 title winning seasons.

Steve was an ever present in the 1894-95 FA Cup run to the final hosted at Crystal Palace, London where a crowd of 42,562 saw Villa vanquish West Bromwich Albion once again.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Smith:

“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.”

Steve’s final game for Villa came on the 22nd April 1901 aged 27 after which he moved on to Portsmouth.

Steve played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Steve passed away in Benson, Oxfordshire on 19th May 1935 aged 61