Wilf Smith

Defender, Football player

1946 –


Who is Wilf Smith?

Wilfred Samuel 'Wilf' Smith is a former professional footballer, who played in The Football League for six different teams between 1963 and 1978.

Born in Neumünster, Germany, Smith moved to England with his family when he was a child. They also took the decision to Anglicise their surname from Schmidt to Smith at this time. He joined Sheffield Wednesday after leaving school, and captained both Sheffield Boys and England youth.

Smith initially joined Wednesday as an apprentice in 1962, but turned professional with them in September 1963 when he turned 17. In all he made 206 League appearances for The Owls, scoring four times, before leaving to join Coventry City in 1970. He played 135 League matches in a five-year stay with the Sky Blues, but he found himself loaned out to both Brighton & Hove Albion and Millwall in his final season with the Midland club.

He rounded off his footballing career with a 20-month spell at Bristol Rovers between March 1975 and November 1976, followed by nineteen months at Chesterfield. He played a total of 432 Football League games, and scored nine goals during his career.

After hanging up his boots, Smith moved into retail, and in 1994 he was reputed to have become a millionaire through his off-the-field business.

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on July 23, 2013


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