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Key Facts

Full name
Laird Smith

Known as
Laird Smith

Born
16 July 1913

Died
27 February 1999 (aged 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 61d
Last game: 32y 26d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Richmond

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 18
Richmond: 8

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1939)

Laird Smith

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1934-193857771.3558%17.332.898
RichmondV/AFL1939-1941, 194566731.1171%7
V/AFL1934-1941, 19451231501.2265%17.332.8915
Total1934-1941, 19451231501.2265%17.332.8915

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,220th player to appear, 1,784th most games played, 634th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 708th player to appear, 260th most games played, 80th most goals kickedRichmond: 384th player to appear, 241st most games played, 105th most goals kicked

Equally at home on a wing, a half forward flank or roving Laird Smith, who hailed from Melbourne High School, played reserves football for South Melbourne prior to commencing his senior VFL career with St Kilda in 1934. Over the course of the ensuing five seasons he proved himself a highly capable player with good goal sense, as his tally of 77 goals in 57 games attests.

The 1939 season saw Smith at Richmond where his 66 appearances in four seasons, during which he kicked 73 goals, included the losing grand final of 1940 against Melbourne. He did not play VFL football between 1942 and 1944 whilst on military service. He captain-coached Cheltenham in 1946.

Laird Smith later carved out a noteworthy career as a football administrator including stints as secretary of both the Geelong (1947 to 1951) and St Kilda (1952 to 1956) Football Clubs.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://www.tigerlandarchive.org/tiki-index.php?page=Laird+Smith

Footnotes

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