John Smout, a goalkeeper from mid-Wales, made 75 league appearances for Exeter City in a two-year stay between 1966 and 1968. Signed from Crystal Palace, he was an ever-present in 1967/68 but left to return home to play for Newtown ahead of Peter Shearing’s return from Plymouth Argyle.He was a reatively latecomer to the Football League when he signed for Crystal Palace as a 23-year-old in August 1965 having previously played for Newtown in mid-Wales. He was to have 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 before taking the place of Ken Jones. Then a regular choice, he was an ever-present during 1967-68 before being released.
He returned to play for Newtown and was later player-coach before moving to Berriew.
John died in February 2019.