Bio
David W. Smith
Born: 1926-11-10
Intl. since: 1968-01-01
Hometown: Stonehouse
Country: England
Speaks: English
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David Smith served as a football league referee from 1959 to 1974 and as a FIFA referee from 1968 to 1974.

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He is be best remembered as the referee for the centenary 1971-72 FA Cup Final between Leeds United and Arsenal and for taking charge of a match in the 1972 European Championships.

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David Smith, who was a goal keeper in his youth, passed away in December 2010 at the age of 84.

Did you know
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  • When players called some indiscretion on the field, many thought that their name was to be taken when David went to his pocket, only for him to pull out the hanky and wipe his nose.
  • Davids final match at the very top was the infamous Manchester derby played between Man Utd v Man City on April 27, 1974. With eight minutes left City was one goal up and that meant that United would be relegated, fans spilled on to the pitch. David took all the players off and when he brought them back again a hail of missiles followed and the fans came on again. Back in the dressing room, Smith abandoned the game once he heard that other results meant United would go down anyway, and the result was allowed to stand.
    source: Crispin Northey / stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk
Statistics
Statistics for DAVID W. SMITH
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 1 0 1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1 3 4
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.11 0 0.06
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.11 0.33 0.22
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 9 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR DAVID W. SMITH
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 1973 - 1974
2nd roundHonvédLokomotiv Plovdiv1973-11-073 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundRWD MolenbeekEspanyol1973-10-031 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1972 - 1973
2nd roundArgesReal Madrid1972-10-252 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
1st roundRWD MolenbeekFabril Barreiro GD1972-09-140 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1972
1/4 finalsHungaryRomania1972-04-291 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Unknown
ScotlandWales1970-04-220 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1970 qualifiers - Europe
FranceSweden1969-11-013 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1969 - 1970
1st roundSportingLinzer ASK1969-09-244 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
British Championship
ScotlandNorthern Ireland1969-05-061 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)