3 July 1908

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On 3 July 1908 the death occurred of the Southampton centre forward, George Smith.

The following obituary appeared in Birmingham’s Sporting Mail on the following day:

“The death took place last night at Southampton of George Smith, the centre-forward of the Southampton Club. He had only been ill a few days, the cause of death being pneumonia, following a cold contracted by playing cricket. Smith was a native of Preston, and from there went to Blackburn, subsequently joining Aston Villa. He was very popular with the Aston crowd, and did excellent service for the club. Before joining Southampton Smith was for some little time a member of the Plymouth Argyle eleven. Last season he was one of the best forwards on the Southampton side, and in the English Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge played a capital game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Smith had only been married a few weeks.”

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