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Key Facts

Full name
Keith Smith

Known as
Keith Smith

Born
31 May 1914

Died
12 June 1997 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 55d
Last game: 31y 121d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 15, 2, 9

Keith Smith

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1936-1940, 1942-194593450.4838%12.834.003
Total1936-1940, 1942-194593450.4838%12.834.003

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,430th player to appear, 2,614th most games played, 2,209th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 504th player to appear, 159th most games played, 168th most goals kicked

Keith Smith was a handy half forward flanker who played 93 VFL games and scored 45 goals for South Melbourne from 1936 to 1940 and 1942 to 1945. His last match was the infamous 1945 ‘Bloodbath’ grand final against Carlton, which the Blues won. Smith kicked South’s first goal of the match, and later registered a second. He was reported for allegedly striking Jim Mooring, but was exonerated at the tribunal. He also badly injured both thighs during the game, which may have helped precipitate his retirement. Some sources attest that Keith Smith played for Port Melbourne prior to commencing his VFL career but I have been unable to uncover any evidence of this.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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