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Bilston player should be in Bugle column

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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WE are regular readers of The Bugle and have been following, with interest , the section on local footballers.

As this section has now reached the 'R' s' and presumably 'S's' to follow, I thought I would let you know about my brother-in-law Harry Arthur Smith. He was born in Ettingshall – then Bilston (now in Wolverhampton) on October 10, 1932.

He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur but left to join Torquay United in 1953 without breaking into the Baggies' first team.

He made his Torquay debut on December 5, 1953, in a 3-1 away win at Walsall.

He played 188 league games for Torquay before leaving in July 1961 to join Bristol City.

There he played just once for the Ashton Gate side before leaving football to settle down in Torquay.

Harry continues to live in Torquay, in a care home as he now has Alzheimer's.

He lost his wife, June, on January 2, although his son and daughter are in contact with him, as are his family in Wolverhampton.

Harry has already appeared in The Bugle in a football team photo from Stonefield School in Bilston in the 1950s (or 1940s).

We are really hoping to see his name in the footballers', section, as although he never returned to live in the Midlands he is now asking to "come home".

Mrs Sheila Smith and brother

Harold Edward Smith,

12 George Street,



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