Bob Smith

Bob Smith
Bob Smith
League 220
FAI Cup 31
City Cup 40
Leinster Cup 30
Totals 321
Total Appearances: 32
Total Goals: 1
Position: CH
Nationality: SCO
Debut: 15-Nov-36, League, (H) v. Dolphin


After a first-day win at the inaugural Oriel Park game in 1936, the opening season Shield Competition turned out to be a disaster. 26 players got starts in the 11 games, during which the defence conceded 32 goals. The arrival of keeper Charlie Tizard, from Northampton Town, and centre-half Bob Smith, from Scottish club St Johnstone, at the beginning of the League in early November made for a big improvement.

For the remaining 32 games the goals against column read a much more respectable 43. There were no trophies in the inaugural Oriel Park season but three sets of runner medals were collected in the League, Leinster Cup and Dublin City Cup. Bob’s performances at the heart of the defence earned his selection on the League of Ireland team, alongside International team mates Billy O’Neill and Joey Donnelly, for the St Patrick’s Day 3-2 success over the Yugoslavia League at Dalymount Park.

Bob had started his Scottish League career with his home town club Cowdenbeath and he had been four seasons at St Johnstone before arriving in Dundalk. He spent the following year with Sligo Rovers and was with Waterford for the 1938-39 year.


3 Runners Up: League, City Cup and Leinster Cup 1936-37.

1 League of Ireland cap