On the day that commemorates Huddersfield Town’s third consecutive league title, it is the perfect opportunity to take a look at a club legend: Billy Smith.
Born in Tantobie, Billy Smith joined the West Yorkshire club after a successful trial in 1913. At that stage, very few anticipated that Smith would go on to become Huddersfield Town’s record appearance maker.
Over the course of a 21 year period at the club, spanning three decades, Billy Smith made a record 574 appearances for the club.
Although the elusive right winger is known for the amount of appearances he made, he is also the fourth highest scorer in Huddersfield Town’s all-time goalscoring list. Only Andy Booth, Jimmy Glazzard and George ‘bomber’ Brown have scored more than Billy Smith did.
Billy Smith’s time at the club is not only infamous for his loyal service, it also coincided with Huddersfield Town’s most successful period in their history.
During Smith’s time at the club, Huddersfield Town were an unrelenting force in domestic league football. Not only did the West Yorkshire side win three consecutive league titles, in the same period of time, they also finished runners up on three occasions.
The success was also visible in the FA Cup, Billy Smith was part of the FA Cup winning side of 1922. During that time, Town were also were finalists three times during that decade and semi finalists on two ocassions.
In July 1934, finally Billy Smith left the club to join Rochdale as a player-manager. However, at that point, he left the Huddersfield Town as a club legend and England international.