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Bobby Smith

Posted on 19 September 2010  - 12:00

It is with great regret that we announce the death of Bobby Smith, our legendary centre-forward from our great Double-winning side of 1960-61.

Bobby Smith

It is with great regret that we announce the death of Bobby Smith, our legendary centre-forward from our great Double-winning side of 1960-61.

Bobby died at an Enfield hospital yesterday evening (Saturday, September 18) following a short illness. He was 77.

Born at Lingdale, North Yorkshire, Bobby started out as an amateur with Chelsea in 1948 and turned full professional two years later. He made his senior debut at the age of 17 and moved to Spurs in December, 1955.

A brave and powerful striker with a good deal of skill, he immediately helped us move away from the relegation zone and would go on to play a major role in the most glorious years in our history.

He was the leading goalscorer in our ‘Double' side with 33 League and Cup goals and scored in both our FA Cup Final triumphs of 1961 and 1962. He played a crucial role in our victorious European Cup Winners' Cup campaign of 1963.

Bobby was also an England international, recording an impressive 13 goals in 15 appearances for his country.

After 208 goals in 317 senior games for Spurs, he transferred to Brighton and Hove Albion in May, 1964.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Bobby Smith at this very sad time.