12 November 2009

Cecil Smyth

Name: Cecil Smyth
Born: 4 May 1941, Belfast
Died: 7 November 2008, Exeter (England)
Height: 5.06 ft
Weight: 10.08 st
Position: Right-Back

Club Honours: (with Distillery) City Cup Winner 1959/60; (with Exeter) Football League Division Four Fourth Place (promoted) 1963/64.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Distillery
58/59-61/62
-
-
*108(0)/?
-
-
Exeter City
62/63-68/69
Aug-62
-
270(3)/1
16(0)/0
14(0)/1
Torquay United
69/70-70/71
Aug-69
£2,500
22(1)/0
1(0)/0
-
Barnstaple Town
-
-
-
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
400(4)/1
17(0)/0
14(0)/1
* all games.

Biography:
Cec Smyth established himseld as a regular for Distillery while still a teenager, helping them to a City Cup success in 1959. He moved to the Football League with Exeter City in 1962 where he was regular right-back for eight seasons and aided them to promotion to the Third Division in 1964. He finished his professional career with Torquay United and later settled in Exeter where he worked for the prison service. A player who "visibly enjoyed" the game and was regarded as a great character, Cecil Smyth passed away in 2008 at the age of 67.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I lived in the same street as Cecil back in Belfast.
He once spoke to me and asked me if I was interested in taking a trial for Distillery football club and he arranged everything for me.
He was a great model for us young lads back then and I was deeply affected by his death.
RIP Cecil

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