Jim Smith (footballer, born 1940)

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Jim Smith
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Personal information
Full name James Michael Smith
Date of birth (1940-10-17)17 October 1940
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Date of death 10 December 2019(2019-12-10) (aged 79)
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Oaksfield[1]
1957–1959 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1961 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1961–1965 Aldershot 74 (1)
1965–1968 Halifax Town 113 (7)
1968–1969 Lincoln City 54 (0)
1969–1972 Boston United 123 (13[2][3][4])
1972–1973 Colchester United 8 (0)
Total 372 (8)
Teams managed
1969–1972 Boston United (player-manager)
1972–1975 Colchester United (player-manager)
1975–1978 Blackburn Rovers
1978–1982 Birmingham City
1982–1985 Oxford United
1985–1988 Queens Park Rangers
1988–1991 Newcastle United
1991–1995 Portsmouth
1995–2001 Derby County
2002 Coventry City (assistant manager)
2002–2004 Portsmouth (assistant manager)
2004–2005 Southampton (assistant manager)
2006–2007 Oxford United
2008 Oxford United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Michael Smith (17 October 1940 – 10 December 2019) was an English footballer and manager.

Career[change | change source]

As a player, he made 249 appearances in the Fourth Division of The Football League, representing Aldershot, Halifax Town, Lincoln City and Colchester United, and played for three-and-a-half years for Boston United of the Northern Premier League.

He began a long managerial career with Boston United, and went on to take charge of clubs in all divisions of the Football League and in the Conference National.

Death[change | change source]

Smith died on 10 December 2019 at the age of 79.[5]

Managerial statistics[change | change source]

Team From To Record Notes
G W L D Win %
Boston United (player-manager) 9 August 1969 10 May 1972 197 107 39 51 54.31 [6][7][8]
Colchester United (player-manager) 1 October 1972 20 June 1975 127 49 44 34 38.58
Blackburn Rovers 20 June 1975 12 March 1978 114 41 41 32 35.96
Birmingham City 12 March 1978 15 February 1982 182 59 73 50 32.41
Oxford United 1 March 1982 11 June 1985 167 89 36 42 53.29 [1]
Queens Park Rangers 11 June 1985 4 December 1988 167 67 62 38 40.11
Newcastle United 4 December 1988 26 March 1991 121 44 39 38 36.36
Portsmouth 1 June 1991 1 February 1995 199 81 64 54 40.70
Derby County 15 June 1995 7 October 2001 281 99 101 81 35.23
Oxford United 22 March 2006 1 November 2007 82 34 26 22 41.46
Oxford United (caretaker) 30 November 2008 21 December 2008 4 2 0 2 50.00
Total 1,475 577 495 403 39.12

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jim Smith". Rage Online. Archived from the original on 29 November 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  2. "Season 1969/70 – Statistics". Boston United FC. Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  3. "Season 1970/71 – Statistics". Boston United FC. Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  4. "Season 1971/72 – Statistics". Boston United FC. Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. Pritchard, Richard (10 December 2019). "Oxford United legend Jim Smith dies aged 79". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  6. "Boston United's Season 1969/70". Boston United Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  7. "Boston United's Season 1970/1". Boston United Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  8. "Boston United's Season 1971/2". Boston United Ken Fox. Retrieved 6 January 2011.