George Smith

Profile

George (G.W.) Smith was the first imported player to sign for Oldham in February, 1908. He had been vice-captain of the New Zealand “All Golds” touring team of 1907-08 and joined the “Roughyeds” at the conclusion of the tour. His debut was in a 7 – 5 victory at Central Park on February 19th, when a crowd of over 25,000 turned up to witness the match in which George’s touring team mate, the famous Lance B Todd, played his first match for Wigan.

Prior to his career in Rugby League, George had been a true Union “All Black” on their first tour in 1905 and it was on this trip that he became interested in the “Northern Union” game. Back in New Zealand he was also a champion sprinter and hurdler, as well as being a noted jockey. Already over 30 years old when becoming an Oldham player, he still had much to offer as an attacking winger, three times finishing a season as the club’s top try scorer, with his 1909-10 total of 37 being the fourth highest ever total, which included a try in the 13 – 7 Championship Final victory again versus Wigan.

After nearly a year out of the senior side he came back to play his last game for the club on March 7th, 1914, scoring a try in the 19 – 0 win over Leigh at Watersheddings.
George would again assist the club in the non competitive games played during the First World War and later went on to be the coach/trainer of the team.

In recognition of his fine all round sporting achievement, George was recently installed in the New Zealand sporting “Hall of Fame” and actually had his image portrayed on his county’s postage stamps in 1995 to celebrate the centenary of the formation of the Rugby League.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Wigan v Oldham Away February 19, 1908 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away February 22, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home March 7, 1908 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away March 21, 1908 League Championship
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
Oldham v Oldham Past Home April 20, 1908 Friendly
Hunslet v Oldham Neutral May 2, 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
Oldham v Leigh Home October 10, 1908 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away October 17, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 24, 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
Warrington v Oldham Away November 23, 1908 League Championship
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
Oldham v Hunslet Home December 12, 1908 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral December 19, 1908 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home December 25, 1908 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home December 26, 1908 Tour Match
Oldham v Barry Home January 1, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home January 2, 1909 League Championship
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
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 23, 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
Salford v Oldham Away September 11, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home September 18, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 25, 1909 League Championship
Treherbert v Oldham Away October 2, 1909 League Championship
Ebbw Vale v Oldham Away October 4, 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
Oldham v Warrington Home November 6, 1909 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 13, 1909 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home November 20, 1909 League Championship
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
Oldham v Ebbw Vale Home January 3, 1910 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away January 4, 1910 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 8, 1910 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away January 15, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 22, 1910 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away January 26, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home January 29, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home February 12, 1910 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away February 19, 1910 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away February 26, 1910 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Salford Home March 5, 1910 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away March 12, 1910 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 25, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 26, 1910 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away March 28, 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 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
Huddersfield v Oldham Away December 17, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home December 24, 1910 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 26, 1910 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 2, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home January 7, 1911 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away January 14, 1911 League Championship
Runcorn v Oldham Away January 21, 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 Leigh Home March 25, 1911 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away March 29, 1911 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 1, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home April 8, 1911 League Championship
Ebbw Vale v Oldham Away April 15, 1911 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away April 17, 1911 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral April 19, 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 Warrington Home October 28, 1911 League Championship
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
Wigan v Oldham Away November 18, 1911 Lancashire Cup
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 Bradford Northern Home December 26, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home December 30, 1911 League Championship
Oldham v Coventry Home January 1, 1912 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away January 6, 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 Huddersfield Home February 24, 1912 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home March 2, 1912 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home March 9, 1912 League Championship
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
Oldham v Runcorn Home March 30, 1912 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away September 14, 1912 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away September 21, 1912 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 5, 1912 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 2, 1912 Lancashire Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away February 15, 1913 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away March 1, 1913 League Championship
Normanton St Johns v Oldham Away March 8, 1913 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away March 21, 1913 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home March 7, 1914 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home September 11, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Wigan v Oldham Away September 18, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Huddersfield Home September 25, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Leigh Home October 2, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 9, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v St Helens Home October 16, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away October 23, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home October 30, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Leigh v Oldham Away November 6, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home November 13, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Wigan Home December 4, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Salford v Oldham Away December 11, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Halifax Home December 18, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1915 Wartime Friendly
Hull FC v Oldham Away January 1, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Oldham Present Home January 3, 1916 Special Friendly
Wigan v Oldham Away January 15, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Leeds Home February 5, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Batley v Oldham Away February 12, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home February 19, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Dewsbury Home March 4, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Dewsbury v Oldham Away March 11, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Wigan Home March 18, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Halifax v Oldham Away March 25, 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
Warrington v Oldham Away November 18, 1916 Wartime Friendly
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home November 25, 1916 Wartime Friendly