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Alex Smith

Postby J.S.Norway » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:43 pm

Liverpool signed Alex Smith from Buckie Thistle in February 1937. He left during Summer 1938 after 1 league game. Did he play for other clubs?
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Re: Alex Smith

Postby ScottishFA » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:08 am

See the short announcement in the Aberdeen Press and Journal, 10 January 1947, when he was appointed manager of Buckie Thistle.

He played for Buckie Thistle, Forres Mechanics and Liverpool, but lost a leg in Burma during the war. He was awarded the Military Cross.
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Re: Alex Smith

Postby ScottishFA » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:56 am

I also found an obituary on the Buckie Heritage site, reproduced from the local paper of 23 January 1974:

Death of north sportsman and prominent figure in professional life - The
death took place of Alex Smith a well-known north sportsman and prominent
figure in professional life in the Buckie area. He died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
last Thursday aged 59. Prior to the war he was a very accomplished footballer
playing for Buckie Thistle, Forres Mechanics before signing for Liverpool. He was
commissioned in the army during WWII serving first with the 5/7 Gordon
Highlanders and later the 10th Gurkha Rifles ending up as a Major and being
awarded the MC for Gallantry. He lost a leg in Burma, which ended his football
career.
He retained an interest in football, however, and was manager of Buckie Thistle
for a short time though cricket became his main interest. He was to large extent
responsible for keeping cricket alive in Buckie and despite his handicap played
regularly and was a very active official. He spent much of his time at Linzee
Gordon Park tending to and repairing the wicket. In addition he wrote the weekly
report in the local paper. He was an accountant.
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Re: Alex Smith

Postby J.S.Norway » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:55 pm

Thank you!! There was once a book who said he went to Crewe in 1938. But he is not in The Football League reg. list.
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