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J R Smith
J R Smith
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J R Smith (Centre Forward, 1921-22) - John Reid Smith joined Kilmarnock in 1919 and scored 40 goals in 60 games for them including the winner in the 1920 Scottish Cup final. J R moved to Cowdenbeath in 1921 after a disagreement. At Central Park, he consolidated his reputation by crashing home 32 goals in 32 League games inclusive of 4 hat-tricks. In the Scottish Cup, he grabbed a club record 7 goals in a 9-1 win over Vale of Atholl. He was also chosen as a reserve for the Scottish League. In 1922, Rangers signed Smith for a fee of 3,000. J R only played in 5 League games for Rangers before he moved to Bolton Wanderers. He played in the famous 'white horse' Cup final at Wembley when Bolton beat West Ham to win the FA Cup Smith scored Bolton's second goal - the first man to score in both Hampden and Wembley Cup finals. 3 years later, he won a second FA Cup winners medal with Bolton. He later played with Bury and Rochdale. His career in the English League encompassed 338 games and 184 goals. J R Smith died in Cardiff aged 45 in 1946.

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