Smout, John

Birth Date

30th October 1941

Birthplace

Newton, Wales

Occupation

Goalkeeper

Biographical Text

Smout was a latecomer to the Football League when he signed for Crystal Palace as a 23-year-old in August 1965. He had previously played for his home town club in Newtown, Mid Wales.

He was to make just one league outing for Palace, before moving to Exeter City on a free transfer in June 1966.

He had to wait for his debut against Rochdale in November 1966, taking the place of keeper Ken Jones, but from then on he became the regular choice.

Smout was an ever present for the Grecians in 1967-68, but despite that, was released on a free transfer and he returned to play for Newtown, later becoming their player-coach.

Smout moved to Mid-Wales club, Berriew in 1972. He was still living in Newtown in 2011.

Appearances

75

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