Willie Smith

Willie Smith
Willie Smith
● Willie Smith, 1956 (HA)

probably born in Scotland

William Ross Smith was born on Sunday, 9th October, 1932, in Armadale, West Lothian.

The 5' 10 (12st 7lbs) goalkeeper signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Thursday, 2nd April, 1953, having most recently been with Linlithgow Rose.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 28th November, 1953, in a 2-1 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

Willie kept his first clean-sheet on Saturday, 10th April, 1954, in a 4-0 win at home to Hamilton Academical in the SFL First Division.

He registered the last of his 16 clean-sheets on Saturday, 19th January, 1957, in a 3-0 win away to Raith Rovers in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 9th March, 1957, in a 2-1 win at home to Airdrieonians in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 70 occasions.

His club-list included Winchburgh Albion, Linlithgow Rose, Partick Thistle, Queen of the South, Berwick Rangers, Eyemouth United and Bathgate Thistle.

Willie died on Saturday, 29th October, 2011, aged 79.

compiled from our All Games criteria.
# Age Clean-Sheet Match
1 21y, 6m, 1d clean-sheet 10.04.1954 Hamilton Academical [h] W4-0 (SFL Division A - game 27)
2 23y, 0m, 27d clean-sheet 05.11.1955 St Mirren [h] W2-0 (SFL First Division - game 8)
3 23y, 1m, 5d clean-sheet 14.11.1955 Tottenham Hotspur [h] W1-0 (Friendly)
4 23y, 3m, 26d clean-sheet 04.02.1956 Alloa Athletic [h] W2-0 (Scottish Cup 5th Round)
5 23y, 5m, 24d clean-sheet 02.04.1956 Heart of Midlothian [h] W2-0 (SFL First Division - game 27)
6 23y, 6m, 14d clean-sheet 23.04.1956 Celtic [h] W2-0 (SFL First Division - game 31)
7 23y, 6m, 19d clean-sheet 28.04.1956 Aberdeen [a] W4-0 (SFL First Division - game 33)
8 23y, 6m, 29d clean-sheet 08.05.1956 Queen's Park [a] W2-0 (Glasgow Charity Cup Semi Final)
9 23y, 10m, 2d clean-sheet 11.08.1956 Falkirk [a] W2-0 (League Cup Section 4 - game 1)
10 23y, 10m, 16d clean-sheet 25.08.1956 Falkirk [h] W2-0 (League Cup Section 4 - game 4)
11 23y, 11m, 13d clean-sheet 22.09.1956 Queen's Park [h] D0-0 (SFL First Division - game 2)
12 23y, 11m, 27d clean-sheet 06.10.1956 Dundee [n] D0-0 (League Cup Semi Final)) aet
13 24y, 1m, 8d clean-sheet 17.11.1956 Hibernian [h] W3-0 (SFL First Division - game 8)
14 24y, 1m, 17d clean-sheet 26.11.1956 Tottenham Hotspur [h] W2-0 (Friendly)
15 24y, 2m, 13d clean-sheet 22.12.1956 St Mirren [h] W2-0 (SFL First Division - game 13)
16 24y, 3m, 10d clean-sheet 19.01.1957 Raith Rovers [a] W3-0 (SFL First Division - game 20)
Willie Smith's clean-sheet ratio
16/70 ← success rate → 22.9%
Thistle's clean-sheet ratio
1545/6656 ← success rate → 23.2%
@ 25-Jun-2022


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