Arthur Smith (footballer, born 1915)

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Arthur Smith
Personal information
Full name Arthur Hoyle Smith
Date of birth (1915-05-08) 8 May 1915 (age 104)
Place of birth Walmersley, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1934 Bury
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1938 Bury 4 (0)
1938–1939 Leicester City 10 (2)
Total 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Arthur Hoyle Smith BEM (born 8 May 1915) is an English former professional footballer. At 103, he is the oldest surviving former professional footballer, and is a month older than George Haigh, who was first thought to be the oldest.[1]

In 1938, he joined Leicester City on a free transfer. In his first season with Leicester, he made eight appearances, and in his second, he made two more, with a brace against Manchester City.

From 1935 to 2015 (with the exception of five years' war service in the British Army), Smith was the organist and choirmaster at Christ Church, Walmersley.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nelson, Craig (6 April 2017). "Could ex-Bury winger be oldest living former Football League player?". Bury Times. Retrieved 8 July 2017.