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Key Facts

Full name
Bradley Richard Smith

Known as
Brad Smith

Born
3 December 1948 (age 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 124d
Last game: 26y 165d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth; North Melbourne; East Fremantle

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 1

Recruited from
East Perth (1974); North Melbourne (1976); East Fremantle (1979)

State of origin
WA

Brad Smith

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWANFL1966-1973, 1976-1978222690.31
North MelbourneV/AFL1974-197524120.5063%6.004.502.710
East FremantleWAFL1979-1980661.00
WAFL1966-1973, 1976-1980228750.33
V/AFL1974-197524120.5063%6.004.502.710
Total1966-1980252870.35

AFL: 8,632nd player to appear, 6,024th most games played, 4,626th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 665th player to appear, 427th most games played, 330th most goals kicked

A tough, vigorous defender or on-baller whose robust style of play was comparable to that of the best Victorians, West Australian Bradley Smith was an outstanding servant of the East Perth Football Club over 222 WANFL games during the late 1960s through to the 1970s. He was a ruck-rover when the Royals broke a long sequence of 'outs' by downing Claremont in the 1972 Grand Final. Smith, who represented Western Australia seven times, crossed to North Melbourne in 1974 and played 24 games in two seasons, including the losing VFL Grand Final of 1974 against Richmond.

He resumed with East Perth in 1976 and continued for three more seasons before being recruited as playing coach by East Fremantle in 1979. Smith's impact was both immediate and sizeable as he instilled significantly greater passion, steel and resolve into a talented team, inspiring them to take out the 1979 flag with a spectacular 43-point Grand Final win over arch rival South Fremantle.

Smith's legacy to the club was soured somewhat the following year, however, as he oversaw a dismal effort which was only marginally good enough to avoid the wooden spoon. Smith added six league games during his time with Old Easts for a final career tally of 228. Meanwhile his importance to the Royals was officially recognised in June 2006 with his selection in the club's 'Team of the Century 1945 to 2005'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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