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George Smith
Born (1921-02-07)7 February 1921
Fleetwood, England
Died 14 July 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 92)

George Beacher Smith[1] (7 February 1921 – 14 July 2013) was an English footballer who played in the inside forward position. He played for Manchester City and Chesterfield between 1946 and 1958.[2]

Smith was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire. He signed for Manchester City in May 1938, but had to wait until 1946 before making his debut in an official first-team match because of World War II. He went on to play 166 league games for City, and scored 75 goals. In October 1951, he moved to Chesterfield, where he spent the rest of his professional career. He played 250 league games and scored 98 league goals for the Spireites. After leaving Chesterfield in 1958, he joined non-league Mossley.[2]

After finishing his playing career he assumed management responsibilities. In 1964 he became Manager of football team Prestwich Heys A.F.C., currently a semi-professional football club based in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England.

Army & FA Representative XIsEdit

During the Second World War he also played in Army and FA representative sides, and was badly injured by a gunshot wound whilst in South Africa.


  1. Hugman, Barry (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 571. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 George Smith, Post War English & Scottish Football League A-Z Player's Database (Neil Brown). Retrieved on 14 February 2010.

Further readingEdit

  • Rippon, A (2005) Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain During the Second World War ISBN 0-7509-4030-1

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