Smart, Dick

Birth Date

19th June 1921


Bishop Auckland, Durham



Biographical Text

Rarely a regular in the team, but always dependable when selected, Dick Smart played for Exeter City between 1946 and 1952. He joined the club from Stanley United in County Durham  and later played for Bideford.

Dick joined Exeter City from Northern League Stanley United in August 1946 after manager George Roughton had spent several months trying to secure his services following Dick’s 86 goals in the 1945/46 season.

Making his debut in the final match of the 1946/47 at Walsall on 24 May 1947, Dick made 8 league starts (2 goals) in 1947/48 and 20 appearances (6 goals) in 1948/49. He then enjoyed his most productive season (with respect to goals) in 1949/50 when he netted 13 league goals from 25 starts followed by another four goals from 17 league outings in 1950/51.

Playing his greatest number of league games in a season in 1951/52, Dick concluded his time at St James’ Park by scoring eight times from 32 starts. With his overall league record standing at 33 goals in 103 league appearances, Dick was released in the summer of 1952 and signed for Bideford ahead of moving to Ilfracombe Town in October 1953. 

Dick died in 2003.







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