John Smith Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: John Smith
  • Born: November 15th, 1951
  • Position: Forward
  • Reg Status: Trialist only
  • Career Totals: 1 appearance

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1966-67 1 0 0 0 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Totals: 1 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 04/03/67 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 04/03/67 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  1 - 1


John Smith made his one and only appearance for Clydebank on 4 March 1967 in a 1-1 draw against Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park. A late Frank Russell goal in 85 minutes salvaged a draw for a Clydebank team containing trialists Walter Lees at centre half, Bobby Slaven at centre forward and John Smith himself at inside left. They also had recently signed Jim Gray playing his second game at outside right. It seems harsh that all three trialists were judged on this one game, and perhaps their appearance owed more to Clydebank’s injury list at this time, although Lees and Slaven were regularly touted in the press for moves to more fashionable clubs.

John Smith himself was an amateur, playing for Fernhill Athletic, who in 1967 were just a Saturday morning boys park team, and like Clydebank had only recently been founded. They did go on to produce a Scottish Internationalist in Steve Archibald and more importantly a Clydebank legend and marvellous whole hearted servant in Norrie Hall.

John Smith may hold one claim to fame with his single appearance for Clydebank. Despite all the future Bankies Babes, at 15 years 4 months and 17 days John Smith holds the record as the youngest Bankies debutant.


March 4th, 1967
Alloa Athletic 1 - 1 Clydebank FC

League (Division 2)


  • Date of Birth

    John was born on this date

  • First Team Debut

    Alloa Athletic 1 - 1 Clydebank FC
    League (Division 2)

    This draw ended Alloa's run of five defeats. But honours of the day went to Clydebank's Frank Russell who had an inspired 90 minutes. In fact, the second half was something of a duel between Russell a