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Chelsea FC Profile: James Smith

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Full Name: James Harold Smith

Born: Tuesday, 16th December 1930
Place of birth: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Died: Friday, 7th January 2022 (aged 91)

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1951 to 1955

Playing Career:

Chelsea (Apr 1951 to May 1955) - cost: unknown
Leyton Orient

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 8th September 1951, Chelsea 2 - 1 Fulham

Age on debut: 20 years 8 months 23 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 10th October 1953, Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1951 / 52 16400020
1952 / 53 100001
1953 / 54 200002


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1951 / 52 300003

* 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. James Smith made 23 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League8th Sep 1951Chelsea21Fulham47,582 match won
League15th Sep 1951Chelsea21Huddersfield Town25,165 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Sep 1951Wolverhampton Wanderers53Chelsea35,184 match lost scored 1 goal
League29th Sep 1951Chelsea21Sunderland49,762 match won
League6th Oct 1951Middlesbrough00Chelsea30,010 match drawn
League13th Oct 1951Chelsea13West Bromwich Albion34,917 match lost
F.A. Cup3rd Mar 1952Leeds United15Chelsea30,504 match won
F.A. Cup8th Mar 1952Sheffield United01Chelsea43,677 match won
League12th Mar 1952Chelsea10Newcastle United42,948 match won
League15th Mar 1952Bolton Wanderers30Chelsea31,448 match lost
League22nd Mar 1952Chelsea10Stoke City36,880 match won
F.A. Cup5th Apr 1952Arsenal11Chelsea68,084 match drawn
F.A. Cup7th Apr 1952Arsenal30Chelsea57,450 match lost
League12th Apr 1952Preston North End10Chelsea28,081 match lost
League15th Apr 1952Aston Villa71Chelsea29,882 match lost scored 1 goal
League19th Apr 1952Chelsea41Burnley26,349 match won
League21st Apr 1952Manchester United30Chelsea37,434 match lost
League26th Apr 1952Charlton Athletic11Chelsea20,851 match drawn
League30th Apr 1952Chelsea02Tottenham Hotspur46,574 match lost
League3rd May 1952Derby County11Chelsea8,582 match drawn
League3rd Jan 1953Portsmouth20Chelsea31,571 match lost
League3rd Oct 1953Chelsea22Sunderland56,685 match drawn
League10th Oct 1953Sheffield Wednesday20Chelsea32,217 match lost

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Chelsea FC Player James Smith

Games Won: 8
Win Percentage: 34.78%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 23 appearances, James Smith played alongside the following 25 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Jack Allister (3)
Ken Armstrong (18)
Sidney Bathgate (14)
Roy Bentley (21)
Frank Blunstone (2)
Bobby Campbell (8)
Jimmy D'Arcy (10)
Bill Dickson (18)
Bob Edwards (1)
Billy Gray (21)
John Harris (15)
Jimmy Leadbetter (2)
Jim Lewis (2)
Phil McKnight (10)
John McNichol (2)
Frank Mitchell (1)
Ralph Oelofse (2)
Ernie Randall (2)
Bill Robertson (22)
Jack Saunders (9)
Bobby Smith (15)
Les Stubbs (1)
Charlie Thomson (1)
Sid Tickridge (21)
Stan Willemse (9)