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Rover of the Day: Cecil Smith

15 June 2020

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Cecil Smith, born June 16, 1907 (there are no players born on June 15).

A native of Hounslow, Cecil had an unusual career at Brentford, making a sole appearance in each of his three seasons with the Bees.

In November 1936, the half-back signed for Rovers, but despite playing in all their remaining games that season he couldn’t prevent them being relegated from Division Two.

He was a regular performer for Rovers, who were back in Division Three (North) in 1937-38 but the following season he found himself behind Bob McFarlane and Adam Mitchell for the half-back role.

He left Rovers at the end of the 1938-39 season and seems to have drifted out of football. He died in 1990, aged 83. His Rovers record was 76 appearances and two goals.


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