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Tommy Smith (footballer, born 1945)

English professional association footballer

Thomas Smith MBE (5 April 1945 – 12 April 2019) was an English footballer. He played as a defender. He was born in Liverpool.

Tommy Smith
Tommy Smith (1966).jpg
Smith in October 1966
Personal information
Full name Thomas Smith
Date of birth (1945-04-05)5 April 1945
Place of birth Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Date of death 12 April 2019(2019-04-12) (aged 74)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1960–1962 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1978 Liverpool 467 (36)
1976Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 17 (0)
1978 Los Angeles Aztecs 12 (0)
1978–1979 Swansea City 36 (2)
Total 532 (38)
National team
1965–1968 England U23 10 (2)
1971 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1978 Los Angeles Aztecs
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Smith was best remembered for his time at Liverpool for 16 years from 1962 to 1978. He was known for his firm defensive style. Manager Bill Shankly once said of him: "Tommy Smith wasn't born, he was quarried." He was also nicknamed the "Anfield Iron". His most memorable moment for the club probably came when he scored Liverpool's second goal in the 1977 European Cup Final against Borussia Mönchengladbach. He also played at club level for Tampa Bay Rowdies, Los Angeles Aztecs and Swansea City. He played once for England, in 1971.

Smith had dementia in his final years. He died on 12 April 2019, at the age of 74.[1]

HonoursEdit

Liverpool[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Tommy Smith: Liverpool great dies, aged 74". BBC Sport. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. "Profile". LFChistory.net. Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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