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G.O Smith

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G.O Smith transformed the role of the centre-forward from that of an individual striker into a unifier of the forward line, indeed the whole team.
 The Dictionary of National Biography
He was a maker rather than a scorer of goals.
The Times 

G.O Smith was widely held to be the greatest centre forward of his age and the greatest player of the 19th century.
Smith was an amateur who played for Oxford University , Old Carthusians and Corinthians. 
He made a total of 20 appearances for England (scoring 11 goals), between 1893 and 1901.

Match







Goal

1

25.02.93

England

6

1

Ireland

Perry Bar

1

Smith, playing as inside right, scored England’s 4th goal on 43 minutes. 20 years, 92 days on debut.


2

12.03.94

Wales

1

5

England

Racecourse


Smith was at centre forward.


3

07.04.94

Scotland

2

2

England

Celtic Park


John Goodall was at centre forward, Smith reverting to inside right.


4

05.03.95

England

1

1

Wales

Queen's Club


Smith was at centre forward. He played the rest of his internationals in this position. 


5

07.03.96

Ireland

0

2

England

Solitude, Belfast

2

Smith scored England’s first on 40 minutes, there were 3 years between his 1st and 2nd international goals.


6

16.03.96

Wales

1

9

England *

Cardiff Arms Park

4

Smith’s first game as captain saw him score England’s 1st (15 min) and 5th (44 min).


7

04.04.96

Scotland

2

1

England*

Celtic Park



8

20.02.97

England*

6

0

Ireland

Trent Bridge, Nottingham



9

29.03.97

England*

4

0

Wales

Bramall Lane, Sheffield



10

03.04.97

England*

1

2

Scotland

Crystal Palace










11

05.03.98

Ireland

2

3

England*

Solitude, Belfast

5

Almost 2 years since his previous international goal Smith equalised with England’s opening goal on 37 minutes.


12

28.03.98

Wales

0

3

England*

Racecourse

6

Smith opened the scoring in the 9th minute.


13

02.04.98

Scotland

1

2

England

Celtic Park


Charles Wreford-Brown replaced Smith as captain.


14

18.02.99

England *

13

2

Ireland

Roker Park, Sunderland

10

Smith put England 4-0 ahead in the 32nd minute and added 3 rapid goals (59, 60 and 63) at which point England led 11-0.


15

20.03.99

England*

4

0

Wales

Ashton Gate, Bristol



16

08.04.99

England*

2

1

Scotland

Villa Park

11

Smith opened the scoring on 25 minutes, his  1st goal against Scotland in 5 starts.



17

17.03.00

Ireland

0

2

England*

Lansdowne Road, Dublin



18

26.03.00

Wales

1

1

England *

Cardiff Arms Park



19

07.04.00

Scotland

4

1

England*

Celtic Park



20

30.03.01

England*

2

2

Scotland

Crystal Palace




* denotes that Smith was captain. His record as captain was:


P

W

D

L

14

9

2

3

  A 64% win rate.


 The British Home Championships in seasons when Smith was captain:


season

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pos.

1895-96*

3

2

0

1

12

3

2

1896-97

3

2

0

1

11

2

2

1897-98*

3

3

0

0

9

3

1

1898-99

3

3

0

0

19

3

1

1899-00

3

1

1

1

4

5

3


*captain in 2 games.

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