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Chelsea FC Profile: Doug Smale

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Full Name: Douglas Martin Smale

Born: Monday, 27th March 1916
Place of birth: Victoria, London, England
Height: 5' 7"
Died: 2006

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1937 to 1945

Born in Victoria in London, the outside-left started out in non-league football with Kingstonian before signing for Chelsea in 1936. However, he found chances at Stamford Bridge hard to come by and made just nine appearances before the war, but did tour South America with the club. Prior to his passing at the age of 92 in 2006, he was the oldest living ex-Chelsea player.

Playing Career:

Chelsea (Mar 1937 to Jun 1945) - cost: unknown - Retired

* Retired = Retired from playing at the end of Chelsea contract, or for reason stated

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Monday, 29th March 1937, Charlton Athletic 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 21 years 0 months 2 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 31st December 1938, Leicester City 3 - 2 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1936 / 37 600006
1937 / 38 200002
1938 / 39 100001


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Doug Smale made 9 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League29th Mar 1937Charlton Athletic10Chelsea45,860 match lost
League3rd Apr 1937Everton00Chelsea20,648 match drawn
League10th Apr 1937Chelsea01Bolton Wanderers23,271 match lost
League17th Apr 1937Brentford10Chelsea22,042 match lost
League24th Apr 1937Chelsea20Arsenal53,325 match won
League1st May 1937Liverpool11Chelsea8,278 match drawn
League28th Aug 1937Chelsea61Liverpool41,553 match won
League30th Apr 1938Wolverhampton Wanderers11Chelsea27,718 match drawn
League31st Dec 1938Leicester City32Chelsea13,180 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

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Chelsea FC Player Doug Smale

Games Won: 2
Win Percentage: 22.22%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 9 appearances, Doug Smale played alongside the following 20 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Len Allum (3)
Jimmy Argue (7)
Joe Bambrick (2)
George Barber (7)
Ned Barkas (2)
Harry Burgess (6)
Wilf Chitty (2)
Allan Craig (7)
George Gibson (5)
Bob Griffiths (1)
Johnny Jackson (1)
George Mills (5)
Billy Mitchell (6)
John O'Hare (6)
Joe Payne (2)
Bob Salmond (1)
Jack Smith (1)
Dick Spence (9)
Sam Weaver (9)
Victor Woodley (8)