Full Name: DAVE BETRAM MILLER SMITH
Date of Birth: 14/09/1884
Date of Death: 29/07/1963
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 82 kg ( 12-13 )
Debut: 08/06/1914, Round 8, Melbourne
Last Game: 08/06/1914, Round 8, Melbourne
Total Games: 1
Total Goals: 3
David was born and bred in Richmond, however he went to Essendon due to Richmond still being a member of the VFA. He was a champion footballer with Essendon as either a centre-half-forward, centre-half-back or ruckman. He had a good turn of speed, was a long kick and a strong mark. His kicking style was so good that he was photographed kicking the ball and it was used as a guide for schools and universities throughout Australia. He spent 10 seasons with Essendon and was captain of their 1911 Premiership side. He played briefly with Richmond in 1914 before retiring. He was also a champion cricketer who represented Australia in two Test matches scoring 30 runs. In his first class career he scored 1764 runs which included three centuries and a highest score of 146. He played District Cricket with Richmond scoring 2402 runs and winning the Batting Average Trophy in 1908/09 and 1909/10. He was club captain between 1910 and 1915. His father, George Smith was Richmond's first captain in the VFA, and also a champion player with Carlton during their VFA days. His brother Jack Smith is a member of Richmond's 1905 premiership side. David died in 1963.
Sherwood 1901-02 ; Essendon 1903-11, 1913, Games 142, Goals 112 ( Honours - Premiership 1911, Captain 1911, Leading Goalkicker 1908 Goals 26 ).