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Jim Smith RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:57 pm

The Bald Eagle Jim Smith has passed away at 79. Former manager of a number of clubs including Blackburn and Derby.
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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by evensteadiereddie » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:01 pm

He always came across as a decent bloke.
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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by bobinho » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:13 pm

Yep, he certainly did.

When I lived in Nelson many years ago, my next door neighbour was related to him in some way.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:15 pm

evensteadiereddie wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:01 pm
He always came across as a decent bloke.
Met him once at a reserve game when he was at Blackburn.

He was once asked when he was Derby manager why he’d signed Paul McGrath. He said it was because he didn’t have an agent and he didn’t have a mobile phone.
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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by ElectroClaret » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:18 pm

Seemed quite respected in football circles, people usually commented on his coaching and managerial skills. One of the old school.

RIP

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Post by elwaclaret » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:23 pm

RIP Jim Smith

I always liked Jim Smith. One of the old school managers. He used to go mental on the bench, and a lovely shade of red in frustration.... but no matter how things were going remained a Gentleman and was always willing to chat football, and one of many who had a huge soft spot for Burnley despite his M65 connections.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by conyoviejo » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:23 pm

R.I.P. Jim Smith

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Post by IanMcL » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:28 pm

I remember us beating 'Jim Smith's' Derby, in the cup!

However, in those days, it was Derby County.

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Post by beddie » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:34 pm

Another one from the "Old School" lost. Great character. R.I.P. Jim.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by Stan Tastic » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:12 pm

In his autobiography he recalled phoning John Bond, Burnley manager at the time, about striker Billy Hamilton's availability.

He was stunned to hear Bond telling him that all Hamilton did was score goals.

Needless to say he signed the striker that could only score goals and he didn't disappoint.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:26 pm

Stan Tastic wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:12 pm
In his autobiography he recalled phoning John Bond, Burnley manager at the time, about striker Billy Hamilton's availability.

He was stunned to hear Bond telling him that all Hamilton did was score goals.

Needless to say he signed the striker that could only score goals and he didn't disappoint.
He partnered Hamilton with John Aldridge at Oxford two years after Brian Miller had tried to bring Aldridge to Burnley from Newport.

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Post by FCBurnley » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:33 pm

Knew Jim very well. Or paths crossed more than once. RIP Jim

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Post by timshorts » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:03 pm

One of a number of ex boston united players and managers who made it to the top flight almost simultaneously.
Sad news. RIP Eagle.

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Post by Ashingtonclaret46 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:11 pm

Sad to read this news. RIP Jim Smith.

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Post by Wile E Coyote » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:14 pm

he once had his birmingham team in at half time and gave them a bo**ocking as they were 0-3 down, Brum had just got a young Argentine player called Tarantino, smith drew a ball and a goal on a blackboard and said slowly, "Ball goal, ball, goal" and dew some arrows pointing from one to the other.

"Si boss, I understand " said Tarantino.
"I know you do son " smith replied, Its the other 10 talentless fu**ers who don't"
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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by tim_noone » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:15 pm

Wile E Coyote wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:14 pm
he once had his birmingham team in at half time and gave them a bo**ocking as they were 0-3 down, Brum had just got a young Argentine player called Tarantino, smith drew a ball and a goal on a blackboard and said slowly, "Ball goal, ball, goal" and dew some arrows pointing from one to the other.

"Si boss, I understand " said Tarantino.
"I know you do son " smith replied, Its the other 10 talentless fu**ers who don't"
:lol: :lol:

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by claptrappers_union » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:39 pm

I was only thinking of Jim Smith on Saturday. I caught a bit of Soccer AM and the there was an Oxford fan on as a guest and mentioned him.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by Pstotto » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:52 pm

Boxing Day 77 or 78. 3-0 down to Rovers at half-time and Jim Smith walking across the pitch and clapping their fans and me going to school in a Rovers enclave...

It's not a treasured memory.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:10 pm

Pstotto wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Boxing Day 77 or 78. 3-0 down to Rovers at half-time and Jim Smith walking across the pitch and clapping their fans and me going to school in a Rovers enclave...

It's not a treasured memory.
Was 1977, came back to 3-2 as well and probably should have got a point in the end

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by Pstotto » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:14 pm

Yeah but only after Rovers missed a penalty that would have made it 4-0. In those days I took Burnley's results personally.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by Silkyskills1 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:37 pm

That was the game where some of their fans claim the whole ground was filled with their fans. I think some still believe it.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:10 am

Silkyskills1 wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:37 pm
That was the game where some of their fans claim the whole ground was filled with their fans. I think some still believe it.
As they are on most things, they are wrong.

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Re: Jim Smith RIP

Post by houseboy » Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:05 pm

Wile E Coyote wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:14 pm
he once had his birmingham team in at half time and gave them a bo**ocking as they were 0-3 down, Brum had just got a young Argentine player called Tarantino, smith drew a ball and a goal on a blackboard and said slowly, "Ball goal, ball, goal" and dew some arrows pointing from one to the other.

"Si boss, I understand " said Tarantino.
"I know you do son " smith replied, Its the other 10 talentless fu**ers who don't"
Great story. Tarantino was a great player, one of quite a few who wound up here from the outstanding Argentine side that won the '78 world cup.

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