Smith: Leonard (Len)
Born: Birmingham: 1903
Debut v Derby County (a): 28-04-1923
5’10” 12st 6lb (1925)
Smith was born one hundred yards from Villa Park but was not picked up by Aston Villa.
Instead he joined Non-League Redditch and had trials with Leeds towards the end of the
1921-22 season, signing for United in May 1922. He deputised for Harry Sherwin, Jim Baker
and Josh Atkinson and, while never a regular, he still played his part over four seasons. He
moved to Bristol Rovers in June 1926, but in March 1928 cancelled his contract to take up a
commercial appointment, having scored once in forty-five League appearances. He re-emerged
in 1929 with Merthyr Tydfil for the Welsh club’s last-ever season in the Football League,
making twenty-five League appearances. In May 1930 he joined Second Division Wolverhampton
Wanderers but did not make the first team. He moved into Non-League with Evesham Town in the
summer of 1931 and Witley Wanderers in September 1932.