Smith, Archie

Birth Date

23rd October 1924


Larkhall, Lanarkshire



Biographical Text

One of a number of Scots in the side at the time,  Archie Smith played for Exeter City between 1948 and 1952. He joined the club from Hamilton Academical and later played for Barnstaple Town. He struck a rich vein of form in 1950/51 when he scored 21 times on the way to scoring a total of 43 league goals in 115 outings for the Grecians.

Having been with Larkhall Rangers and  Royal Albert, Archie scored 22 goals for Hamilton Academical in 1947/48. Receiving offers from both Albion Rovers and Arbroath, he decided to move to Exeter City in May 1948 and made his debut scoring twice against Norwich City in the third game of the 1948/49 season before going on to score 7 times from 20 league starts during his first term with the club.

Heading into his second season Archie didn’t play until the tenth league fixture of the season against Port Vale in October but was a regular thereafter as he tallied nine goals from 31 starts followed by his best-return of 21 league goals from 41 outings in 1950/51. Making 23 appearances during the following campaign, and netting on six occasions, Archie left St James’ Park in July 1952 to sign for Barnstaple Town in July 1952 before receiving an immediate offer to continue in the Football League with Carlisle United where he scored 8 goals in 31 appearances prior to later signing for North Shields.

Archie died on May 16 1995.







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