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Billy Smith Squad Index
Information:
1951-52 Squad Number:
2
Position:
Left Back
Birthplace:
Aberdeen
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 10
Weight:
11st 2lbs
Signed:
18/07/1949
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
Billy was part of the Aberdeen side that claimed the club's first league championship in 1955. Aberdeen-born Billy joined the Dons from Sunnybank in 1949 and he went on to establish himself in the successful reserve side and also complete his time with the national service. Although he had been signed as an inside forward, Billy made his first team debut as a left back against East Fife on 2nd January 1952, replacing the legendary Don Emery in the side after Aberdeen had suffered three straight defeats.

As Aberdeen embarked on their league campaign in 1954, manager Dave Halliday and trainer Dave Shaw were keen to get a settled defence in place so the Dons could launch an assault on the top honours. Billy Smith was selected as the left back, alongside captain Jimmy Mitchell and the famed half back line of Allister, Young and Glen. With Scotland international Fred Martin in goal the Aberdeen rearguard was as tough as they come and provided the foundation for league success later that season. Billy was an ever-present in the side up until a fateful collision in the Dons Scottish Cup semi final meeting against Clyde at Easter Road in March 1955. Billy broke his leg in that game and he went on to miss the Dons closing matches of the season as they went on to lift the Scottish league title. Billy played in 25 of the Dons 30 league games that season and he went on to play 93 competitive matches for the club in his spell at Pittodrie. When Smith returned to action in 1956 after missing the entire 1955-56 season, he reverted to a right back role in competition with an ageing Jimmy Mitchell. Billy later moved on to Highland league side Deveronvale and he was back at Pittodrie, in 1961 as he almost inspired Deveronvale to a Scottish Cup shock at the Dons expense.

Reflecting on his Pittodrie career, Billy will be remembered as a tenacious defender who gave everything for the cause. Testimony of that came when the legendary Gordon Smith of Hibernian and 'Famous Five' fame hated playing Aberdeen as he would get little or no change out of namesake Billy who was often given the task of man-marking the Hibernian player. Former Dons keeper Fred Martin commented; "Gordon (Smith) hated playing against Billy as he knew he would be up against it. Billy was all over him like a rash. His gangly legs were everywhere and he always did well against the bigger players with reputations." Billy emmigrated to South Africa after finishing his playing days and resided in the Johannesburg area until he passed away on 24th April 2009.


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
02/01/1952
Aberdeen 2-1 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
05/01/1952
Airdrie 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 Start
12/01/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
12/04/1952
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee United
Dewar Shield SF 1L Start
19/04/1952
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
21/04/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee
Inter City Cup 2L Start
26/04/1952
Dundee United 4-1 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF 2L Start
05/05/1952
Dundee United 3-7 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF REP 6,500 Start
13/08/1952
Aberdeen 2-4 Heart of Midlothian
League Cup GC 33,000 Start
16/08/1952
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GC 40,000 Start
27/08/1952
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GC 22,000 Start
30/08/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers
League Cup GC 35,000 Start
06/09/1952
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
08/09/1952
Falkirk 5-5 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield F 9,000 Start
13/09/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
20/09/1952
Dundee 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
22/09/1952
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
Inter City Cup 1L 12,000 Start
27/09/1952
Aberdeen 2-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 Start
04/10/1952
St. Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 Start
06/10/1952
Dundee 2-0 Aberdeen
Inter City Cup 2L 10,000 Start
11/10/1952
Aberdeen 4-3 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
18/10/1952
Airdrie 4-7 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 Start
25/10/1952
Aberdeen 6-3 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
01/11/1952
Aberdeen 5-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
08/11/1952
Raith Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 Start
15/11/1952
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 15,500 Start
22/11/1952
Aberdeen 7-2 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
29/11/1952
Queen of the South 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 Start
06/12/1952
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 Start
13/12/1952
Aberdeen 3-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
20/12/1952
Aberdeen 4-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 Start
27/12/1952
Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
01/01/1953
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 21,000 Start
10/01/1953
Aberdeen 1-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
17/01/1953
Third Lanark 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 Start
24/01/1953
Clyde 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 Start
31/01/1953
Middlesbrough 6-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 5,000 Start
07/03/1953
Heart of Midlothian 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
28/03/1953
Aberdeen 2-2 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 Start
08/04/1953
Aberdeen 2-1 Third Lanark
Scottish Cup SF REP 25,219 Start
11/04/1953
Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
15/04/1953
Celtic 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 Start
08/08/1953
Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 50,000 Start
12/08/1953
Aberdeen 2-0 Airdrie
League Cup GB 28,000 Start
15/08/1953
East Fife 2-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 8,000 Start
22/08/1953
Aberdeen 5-2 Celtic
League Cup GB 30,000 Start
26/08/1953
Airdrie 4-3 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 9,000 Start
29/08/1953
Aberdeen 3-4 East Fife
League Cup GB 30,000 Start
05/09/1953
Aberdeen 0-3 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
14/09/1953
Keith Select 2-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial Start
26/09/1953
Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 Start
28/09/1953
Aberdeen 4-4 Stoke City
Testimonial 12,000 Start
03/10/1953
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 Start
17/10/1953
Aberdeen 5-0 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
24/10/1953
Ayr United 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly Start
31/10/1953
Clyde 2-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 Start
07/11/1953
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 Start
14/11/1953
Aberdeen 2-0 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 27,000 Start
17/04/1954
Rangers 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 45,000 Start
19/04/1954
Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 Start
06/08/1954
Aberdeen 3-2 Aberdeen Reserves
Friendly Start
14/08/1954
Aberdeen 4-0 Queen of the South
League Cup GB 18,000 Start
18/08/1954
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 23,000 Start
21/08/1954
East Fife 0-3 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 15,000 Start
28/08/1954
Queen of the South 3-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 10,000 Start
01/09/1954
Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian
League Cup GB 30,000 Start
04/09/1954
Aberdeen 5-1 East Fife
League Cup GB 28,000 Start
11/09/1954
Aberdeen 5-0 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
18/09/1954
Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 27,000 Start
25/09/1954
Aberdeen 3-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 Start
27/09/1954
Aberdeen 6-3 Huddersfield Town
Friendly 12,000 Start
02/10/1954
Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 Start
06/10/1954
Manchester City 4-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 18,604 Start
09/10/1954
Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 38,000 Start
16/10/1954
St. Mirren 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
23/10/1954
Aberdeen 4-1 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 14,500 Start
30/10/1954
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
06/11/1954
Aberdeen 2-0 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
13/11/1954
Raith Rovers 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 Start
20/11/1954
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 Start
27/11/1954
Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
04/12/1954
Kilmarnock 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 Start
11/12/1954
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 50,000 Start
18/12/1954
Aberdeen 3-0 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
25/12/1954
Stirling Albion 3-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 Start
01/01/1955
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 Start
03/01/1955
Hibernian 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 Start
08/01/1955
Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 Start
22/01/1955
Aberdeen 2-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 Start
29/01/1955
East Fife 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 Start
05/02/1955
Stirling Albion 0-6 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R5 7,568 Start
12/02/1955
Aberdeen 4-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 Start
19/02/1955
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
Scottish Cup R6 44,647 Start
26/02/1955
Queen of the South 2-6 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 Start
05/03/1955
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 48,723 Start
09/03/1955
Aberdeen 2-0 Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Cup QF REP 41,345 Start
12/03/1955
Heart of Midlothian 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 Start
19/03/1955
Falkirk 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
26/03/1955
Aberdeen 2-2 Clyde
Scottish Cup SF 32,590 Start
08/09/1956
St. Mirren 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 Start
15/09/1956
Aberdeen 2-1 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 Start
22/09/1956
Dundee 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 Start
24/09/1956
Aberdeen 3-2 Everton
Friendly 14,000 Start
29/09/1956
Aberdeen 3-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 Start
06/10/1956
East Fife 4-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 Start
13/10/1956
Aberdeen 2-3 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 Start
17/11/1956
Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 Start
19/01/1957
Aberdeen 1-0 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1956-57
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
1
0
0
1954-55
25
0
0
6
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
36
0
0
3
0
0
1953-54
9
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
3
0
1
1952-53
25
0
0
4
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
30
0
0
4
0
0
1951-52
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
4
0
1
Totals:
71
0
0
16
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
93
0
0
15
0
2
Total Appearances/Goals: 93 0