Thomas Smith (Australian footballer)

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Thomas Smith
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Personal information
Full name Thomas George Smith
Nickname(s) TG [1]
Date of birth 1851
Place of birth Woolwich, England
Date of death December 1909 (age 60) [2]
Playing career
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1870–1876 Port Adelaide (Interclub) ≤ 34
1877–1881 Port Adelaide (SAFA) 69 [3]
Career highlights

Thomas George Smith (1851 – December, 1909) was an Australian football player. He was a foundation player of the Port Adelaide Football Club in 1870 and was also an inaugural player in the club's first SAFA season. During the first three seasons of the SAFA, Thomas Smith won Port Adelaide's best and fairest award every year.

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Early life

Thomas Smith was born in 1851 in Woolwich, England. His family brought him to Australia when he was three years old. [4]

Football

Thomas Smith was arguably the first star player for the Port Adelaide Football Club. He won three consecutive best and fairest for Port Adelaide during the first three years of the South Australian Football Association (later SANFL) from 1877 to 1879.

Later life

Outside of football Smith was a tailor who worked on Commercial Road Port Adelaide. [5] [6]

Personal life

Thomas Smith was a cousin to Australian artist Mortimer Menpes. [7]

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References

  1. "Obituaries of the Week". Observer . LXVI, (5, 260). South Australia. 25 December 1909. p. 38. Retrieved 28 June 2019 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. http://boards.ancestry.com.au/localities.oceania.australia.sa.general/2280/mb.ashx
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "DEATH OF MR. T. G. SMITH". The Express and Telegraph . XLVII, (13, 888). South Australia. 17 December 1909. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. "WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail . Adelaide. 21 December 1878. p. 11. Retrieved 17 February 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  6. http://boards.ancestry.com.au/localities.oceania.australia.sa.general/2280/mb.ashx
  7. "DEATH OF MR. T. G. SMITH". The Express and Telegraph . XLVII, (13, 888). South Australia. 17 December 1909. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)