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Key Facts

Full name
Albert Smedts

Known as
Alby Smedts

Born
9 January 1952 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 169d
Last game: 29y 204d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 17
St. Kilda: 23

Recruited from
Footscray (1980)

Alby Smedts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1976-19795140.0835%8.313.082.200
St. KildaV/AFL1980-19811000.0020%7.904.901.900
V/AFL1976-19816140.0733%8.253.382.150
Total1976-19816140.0733%8.253.382.150

AFL: 8,849th player to appear, 3,705th most games played, 6,726th most goals kickedFootscray: 653rd player to appear, 247th most games played, 544th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,242nd player to appear, 843rd most games played, 1,565th most goals kicked

From Narre Warren, Alby Smedts was a tough, resolute defender who could be relied on to keep extremely close tabs on his man. He commenced his senior football career with VFA side Waverley in 1972 and continued with the Panthers for four years. They slumped to relegation in his first season and were a second division team for the remainder of his stint. The 1976 season saw him joining Footscray, where he developed into an extremely handy player, playing 51 games and scoring four goals in four seasons. He found the going somewhat tougher at St Kilda, where he moved in 1980, and managed just 10 appearances and no goals over two seasons before retiring.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.