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Posted: Fri 30 Dec 2016
Author: TUFC

Former Gull passes away at the age of 84

The Club has learned that former player Harry Smith has died at the age of 84.

Smith was a popular Plainmoor stalwart of the 1950s and 60s, and played left-back in United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Leeds in January 1955. It was just one of the many appearances he made in a nine year stay at Plainmoor from 1953-61.

Smith joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur, but left to join Torquay United in 1953.

He made his Torquay debut in a 3–1 win away to Walsall on 5 December 1953, with the regular left-back Jimmy Drinkwater out of the side. The following season he played against Huddersfield at home in the FA Cup 4th round tie in front of a then record crowd of 21,908, which Huddersfield won 1–0.

Smith was a regular in the Torquay side of 1956-57 that just missed out on promotion to Division Two on goal difference to Ipswich Town.

He played 188 league games for Torquay, scoring just once, before leaving in July 1961 to join Bristol City. He returned to Torquay to settle down, where he became an avid pigeon racer whilst working at Frank Manns fruit and vegetable wholesaler. Harry and his late wife June helped run Chelston FC in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Smith, who had lived at Abbeywood Nursing Home for the last three years, leaves a son Mark and daughter Deborah.

His funeral will be held at Torquay Crematorium on Friday, January 13th, at 2:45pm.

A minute's applause will be observed before our home game against Boreham Wood on January 7.

The Club would like to pass on its condolences to Harry’s family and friends at this sad time.