Player #279

Appearances:

450

Starts:

450

Goals:

8

Seasons:

15

Tommy Smart
Tommy Smart

Source: Football card #674 Tommy Smart issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Tommy Smart

Position

Full Back

From

1919-20

To

1933-34

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Tommy Smart

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Seasons

Age*

22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

450
15
42
45
43
45
32
33
30
38
36
25
25
39
2
0

Starts

450
15
42
45
43
45
32
33
30
38
36
25
25
39
2
0

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

8
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
4
1
1
0
1
0
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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Thomas Smart

Birth Date

Sunday, 20 September 1896

Birth Place

Blackheath, Staffordshire

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Halesowen Town

From

For

£300

On

January 1920

Previous Clubs

Blackheath Town |
Halesowen Town |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Brierley Hill Alliance

For

Free

On

May 1934

Subsequent Clubs

Brierley Hill Alliance |

Tommy Smart
Tommy Smart

Source: Football card #674 Tommy Smart issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Villa Career

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

1920-34 £300, 450 | 8 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Billy Smith led Management Committee |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 14 February 1920

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 14 February 1920

Everton (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Monday, 26 April 1926

Final Appearance

Saturday, 18 March 1933

Blackpool (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 18 March 1933

Honours

1919-20 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

10 June 1968, Aged 71

Tommy Smart

Player #279 for Aston Villa, Thomas Smart, known as Tommy Smart and nicknamed Tic played as a full back for the club.

Tommy played for Villa between 1919-20 and 1932-33 making 450 appearances.

Tommy was born in Blackheath, just 8 miles from Villa Park, on 20 September 1896 and he made his debut appearance for Villa on 14 February 1920 aged 23.

Tommy made 4 appearances in that season’s successful FA Cup campaign including playing in the FA Cup Final victory over Huddersfield Town in front of a crowd of 50,018 at Stamford Bridge.

Tommy’s first season brought his first and sadly only trophy for the club during a long and distinguished career.

Villa had signed Tommy from Halesowen Town AFC for a fee of £300 in January 1920.

Such was Tommy’s impact on the first team and the remarkable relationship he struck up with left back Tommy Mort (who would join Villa in the 1921-22 season), that they became known as “Death and Glory” with Smart famed for his tackles and barrel-chested, 13st 8lbs and 6ft 2ins frame.

Tommy was a permanent fixture at right-back for Villa through to the 1931-32 season when his age, 36, saw him give way to the decade younger Danny Blair.

Tommy left Villa a couple of seasons later in May 1934 to join Brierley Hill Alliance.

Tommy had played under both the George Ramsey and the Billy Smith led Management Committees.

Tommy passed away on 10th June 1968 aged 71.