January 22, 1955
Few amateur footballers earn the distinction of appearing regularly for a Football League side, but one who has done so in recent seasons is Harry Smith, the clever young Chester wing half or inside forward.
Mr. Smith’s successes have not escaped notice in higher circles, and he has already had a trial for the English amateur side, in addition to having gained county amateur honours many times.
Harry is a native of Chester, and his introduction to senior football came after he had progressed gradually through the junior sides at the Stadium, where he made an early appearance in the Chester and District League eleven. While still on Chester’s books, he was allowed to assist Connah’s Quay Nomads, and he earned rapid recognition with the Coast F.A. XI for a series of first-rate displays with that side.
Among the trophies he earned with Nomads was a Welsh Youth Cup-winner medal, a Welsh F.A. Amateur Cup-winners medal and a Welsh Amateur Cup runners’ up medal. He also spent two seasons with Liverpool Football Club, and was a regular member of the Anfield Road club’s third eleven.
Harry eventually returned to the Stadium ranks, and three seasons ago he made his League debut at Barrow. Since then he has made may first-team appearances, and has also collected “caps” from the Cheshire FA, the Northern Counties FA, and FA Amateur eleven. His selection for the North v South trial came as no surprise, and, with normal luck, as he is only 24, he should earn English amateur honours before many seasons have passed.
Harry has never shown any desire to join the professional ranks of football, as he believes that he can enjoy his game more as an unpaid performer. In addition, he is quite happy in his work as a local milk roundsman. Just to ensure that time does not hang heavily, he serves occasionally on the ground staff at the Stadium, where he has proved to be as great an asset off the field of play as he is on it.
Harry stands 5ft. 8ins, and weighs 10st. 10lb.
It is rather remarkable that although he is so young he has been a Chester player for 10 years. He may well go on to break all previous records of service at the Stadium.
(Source: Cheshire Observer: January 22, 1955)