Smout, John

Birth Date

30th October 1941


Newtown, Montgomeryshire



Biographical Text

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.





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John smout passed away either today or yesterday x goalkeeper of yours thought you would like to know.


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