July 22, 1947
At a fee which is understood to be the biggest ever paid by a cross-Channel club to a Northern Ireland junior club, Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the transfer of Sammy Smyth, the Dundela, former Linfield and Irish amateur international inside forward.
Smyth, who is 22 years of age, is the son of Jimmy Smyth, who kept goal for Derry City and Dunmurry. His departure from Windsor provided one of the sensations at the back-end of last season that closed in mid-June.
Previously an amateur, much speculation as to his destination ended with his signing professional forms for Dundela.
Crossing the Channel before the start of the new season (he sails next Monday) gives him the unique experience of signing for and leaving his first professional club with kicking a ball for them.
(Source: Northern Whig: July 22, 1947; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited)