Following on from our earlier post about Alex Jackson, we have another Huddersfield Town legend, Billy Smith, who spent most of his professional career with The Terriers.
Smith holds the accolade of being the first ever player to score from a corner in England, and went on to score 126 goals for the club during a long career.
In 1920 he missed the club’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa, after he was sent off for fighting against Stoke. Billy Kirton would score in the 100th minute to clinch it for Aston Villa (we have Billy’s medal out on loan which you can view here.)
Two years later Smith redeemed himself, scoring in Huddersfield’s 1922 FA Cup final win over Preston at Stamford Bridge.
He earned three England caps, and was part of the England side who lost 5 – 1 to Scotland’s Wembley Wizards. The Scotland side included his Huddersfield teammate Alex Jackson.
After his Huddersfield career finished in 1934, he had a short period as Rochdale player-manager.
This postcard was signed by Smith during his time at Huddersfield.