Arthur Smith

Profile

“Mad” Arthur Smith, so nick-named because of his forceful and enthusiastic performances on the field of play, was a West Country man who played his first Rugby with the Yorkley and Cinderford clubs before becoming an Oldham player at the start of the 1905-06 season.

A robust and energetic forward, his style was well suited to the more fluent Northern Union game and he was soon amongst the honours, picking up a Lancashire Cup winners medal after scoring a try in the 1907 final victory over Broughton Rangers. Lancashire county honours followed and he was selected for what is now regarded as the first ever “test rated” international against the New Zealand “All Golds” on January 25th, 1908, retaining his place for the full series. The following season he again played in the full series against the first “Kangaroos”, accompanied in the British pack by Oldham team mate, Billy Longworth.

Arthur gave eight and half years of great service to Oldham before moving on to Halifax in January 1914. He did return to play a few more matches for the club in the non-competitive First World War period.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Warrington v Oldham Away September 9, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 16, 1905 RL Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away September 20, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home September 23, 1905 RL Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 30, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Morecambe Home October 7, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home October 14, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home October 21, 1905 RL Championship
Salford v Oldham Away October 28, 1905 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Widnes Home November 4, 1905 RL Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 11, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 18, 1905 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home November 25, 1905 RL Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 2, 1905 RL Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away December 16, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home December 23, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home December 25, 1905 RL Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away December 30, 1905 RL Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home January 6, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home January 13, 1906 RL Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away January 20, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home January 27, 1906 RL Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away February 3, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Salford Home February 10, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Millom Home February 12, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home February 17, 1906 RL Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away February 24, 1906 RL Championship
Pontefract v Oldham Away March 3, 1906 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Bradford Home March 10, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home March 17, 1906 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Halifax Home March 24, 1906 RL Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away March 31, 1906 RL Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away April 4, 1906 RL Championship
Bradford v Oldham Away April 7, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home April 14, 1906 RL Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away April 16, 1906 RL Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away April 21, 1906 RL Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away April 26, 1906 RL Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away April 28, 1906 RL Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home September 1, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 8, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home September 15, 1906 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away September 22, 1906 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 24, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 29, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 27, 1906 Lancashire Cup
Barrow v Oldham Away November 5, 1906 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away November 10, 1906 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away November 12, 1906 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away November 17, 1906 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home December 8, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home December 15, 1906 League Championship
Bradford v Oldham Away December 18, 1906 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away December 22, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1906 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away December 26, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home December 29, 1906 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 1, 1907 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away January 5, 1907 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away January 12, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home January 19, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home February 4, 1907 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away February 9, 1907 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 16, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home February 23, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Home March 2, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home March 9, 1907 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away March 11, 1907 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away March 23, 1907 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away March 27, 1907 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away March 30, 1907 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Wigan v Oldham Away April 1, 1907 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away April 2, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home April 6, 1907 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Neutral April 13, 1907 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Halifax v Oldham Neutral April 20, 1907 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Neutral April 27, 1907 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Merthyr Tydfil v Oldham Away September 7, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 14, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Ebbw Vale Home September 21, 1907 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 23, 1907 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 28, 1907 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 5, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 12, 1907 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home October 19, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home October 26, 1907 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v St Helens Home November 9, 1907 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 16, 1907 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v New Zealand Home November 23, 1907 Tour Match
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Neutral November 30, 1907 Lancashire Cup
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away December 7, 1907 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away December 9, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home December 14, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home December 25, 1907 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away December 26, 1907 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 28, 1907 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away January 1, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home January 4, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home February 1, 1908 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away February 19, 1908 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away February 22, 1908 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away February 29, 1908 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leeds Home March 7, 1908 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away March 14, 1908 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Ebbw Vale v Oldham Away March 25, 1908 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away March 28, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home April 4, 1908 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away April 11, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 18, 1908 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Neutral May 2, 1908 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Neutral May 9, 1908 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away September 5, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home September 12, 1908 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 19, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home September 26, 1908 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 3, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home October 10, 1908 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away October 17, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home November 7, 1908 Lancashire Cup
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away November 14, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home November 21, 1908 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home November 28, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home December 5, 1908 Lancashire Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away December 9, 1908 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral December 19, 1908 Lancashire Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away January 4, 1909 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away January 9, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home January 16, 1909 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 30, 1909 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away February 13, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home February 20, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home February 27, 1909 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v St Helens Home March 6, 1909 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 13, 1909 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Swinton Home March 16, 1909 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home March 20, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home March 27, 1909 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Barrow v Oldham Away April 1, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home April 3, 1909 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away April 10, 1909 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away April 12, 1909 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away April 17, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home April 21, 1909 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral May 1, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 25, 1909 League Championship
Treherbert v Oldham Away October 2, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home October 9, 1909 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 16, 1909 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Hull FC Home October 23, 1909 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away October 30, 1909 Lancashire Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away November 27, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home December 4, 1909 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Neutral December 13, 1909 Friendly
Oldham v St Helens Home December 18, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home December 25, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 27, 1909 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away January 1, 1910 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away January 4, 1910 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away January 15, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 26, 1910 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 2, 1910 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away April 4, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Treherbert Home April 9, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home April 16, 1910 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral April 23, 1910 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away September 3, 1910 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away September 10, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home September 17, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Coventry Home September 24, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Ebbw Vale Home October 1, 1910 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 8, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home October 15, 1910 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 22, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home October 29, 1910 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 5, 1910 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Halifax Home November 12, 1910 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away November 19, 1910 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Huddersfield Home November 26, 1910 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Neutral December 3, 1910 Lancashire Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away December 7, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home December 10, 1910 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away December 13, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 26, 1910 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away December 31, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home January 7, 1911 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away January 21, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home January 28, 1911 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away February 4, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home February 11, 1911 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away February 18, 1911 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home February 25, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home March 4, 1911 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home March 11, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home March 18, 1911 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 21, 1911 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leeds Home April 8, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home April 22, 1911 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral May 6, 1911 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away September 2, 1911 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away September 9, 1911 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away September 12, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home September 16, 1911 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 23, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 30, 1911 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away October 7, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home October 14, 1911 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away October 21, 1911 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Swinton Home October 28, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home November 4, 1911 Lancashire Cup
Runcorn v Oldham Away November 8, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home November 11, 1911 Tour Match
Oldham v Widnes Home November 25, 1911 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Neutral December 2, 1911 Lancashire Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away December 7, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home December 9, 1911 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away December 11, 1911 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away December 16, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home December 23, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home December 25, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home December 30, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Coventry Home January 1, 1912 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home January 13, 1912 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 27, 1912 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away February 10, 1912 League Championship
Coventry v Oldham Away February 17, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home March 2, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away March 13, 1912 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 16, 1912 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 23, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away March 27, 1912 League Championship
Oldham v Runcorn Home March 30, 1912 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away April 1, 1912 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Neutral April 13, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Dewsbury v Oldham Neutral April 27, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Huddersfield v Oldham Neutral May 11, 1912 Friendly
Oldham v Halifax Home January 4, 1913 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home January 18, 1913 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away January 25, 1913 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away March 1, 1913 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away March 21, 1913 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 22, 1913 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home March 24, 1913 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away November 29, 1913 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 26, 1913 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away December 27, 1913 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away January 1, 1914 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home January 3, 1914 League Championship
Oldham v Oldham Present Home January 3, 1916 Special Friendly
Oldham v Dewsbury Home March 4, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Wigan Home March 18, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Batley Home April 1, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away April 8, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Hull FC Home April 15, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 29, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Swinton v Oldham Away April 6, 1917 Wartime Friendly