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Bobby Smith (footballer born 1953)

Bobby Smith
Personal information
Full nameRobert Nisbet Smith[1]
Date of birth(1953-12-21)21 December 1953
Place of birthDalkeith, Scotland
Date of death22 February 2010(2010-02-22) (aged 56)
Playing positionLeft back
Midfielder
Youth career
Musselburgh Windsor
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1972–1978Hibernian152(19)
1978–1986Leicester City181(21)
1982Peterborough United (loan)5(0)
1982Hibernian (loan)5(0)
1986–1987Hibernian10(0)
1987–1989Dunfermline Athletic66(1)
1989–1990Partick Thistle30(1)
1990–1991Berwick Rangers26(0)
Total475(42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bobby Smith (21 December 1953 – 22 February 2010) was a Scottish association football player, who played most prominently for Hibernian and Leicester City. Smith was primarily a midfielder, but could also play at full back.[2] Smith made 200 appearances in all competitions for both Hibs and Leicester.[1]

Smith started his professional career with Hibs, where he played a part in the successful teams of the early and mid-1970s.[1] Smith attracted the attention of Rangers manager Jock Wallace by scoring a spectacular goal for Hibs against Rangers in a 1976 match.[1] Wallace became Leicester City manager in 1978, and signed Smith for an £85,000 transfer fee later that year.[1] Smith helped Leicester win promotion to the top division twice during his spell with the club.[1] He regularly captained Leicester during his eight years there.[3]

He was loaned to Peterborough and Hibs during the 1982–83 season, and then returned to Hibs on a "permanent" basis in 1986.[1] After leaving Hibs for the final time in 1987, Smith played a prominent defensive role for a Dunfermline side that gained promotion to the Premier Division,[2] but was released at the end of that season.[4]

After ending his career with spells at Partick Thistle and Berwick Rangers, Smith became a taxi driver,[4] and later ran a pub in Dalkeith called Smith's Bar.[1] Smith died in February 2010 after suffering from cancer, less than a week after former teammate Alan Gordon died from the same illness.[1][5]

References

External links

  • Newcastle Fans profile
  • Sporting Heroes.net profile
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