Smart, Richard

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.

Exeter City manager George Roughton had spent many months trying to sign Dick Smart  and he was eventually successful in August 1946, securing the forward’s signature from Northern Amateur League club, Stanley United where he had netted 86 goals for Stanley in the 1945/46 season.

He made his debut for Exeter City in the final match of the 1946-47 season, a 2-1 defeat at Walsall on 24 May 1947. Finally scoring 33 goals in 103 league matches his best season for the Grecians was 1949/50 when he netted 13 league goals from 25 starts.

He was released at the end of the 1951/52 season and signed for Bideford ahead of moving to Ilfracombe Town in October 1953. Richard Smart died in 2003.







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