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Stephen Smith


These were the days before agents and transfer deadline day dramas. Steve Smith was working nights in a coal mine in Cannock Chase and playing for Hednesford Town. Aston Villa financial secretary Frederick Rinder travelled to the pit and reputedly secured Smith's signature underground. 
Outside left Smith was at Villa for 8 years and made 1 England appearance. 

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