Full Name: JIMMY SMITH
Date of Birth: 25/01/1899
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 76 kg ( 12-0 )
Debut: 18/08/1917, Round 14, Fitzroy
Last Game: 14/08/1926, Round 14, Essendon
Total Games: 132
Total Goals: 40
Honours: Premiership 1920-21, Victorian Representative Team 1920-22 Games 5.
James was a champion half-back-flanker who was fearless in his desire to win the ball. He was recruited from the Yarra Park school where he had been a fine all-round athlete. Tough and steady rather than flashy he read the play well. He originally came to Richmond as a forward, however it didn't take him long to find his feet as a half-back and was one of the star performers during the club's first successful Finals era. He was a member of the 1920 and 1921 Premiership sides and the 1919 Grand Final side. Playing in 11 Finals games for Richmond he was voted in the best three players - five times. He was Richmond's best player in the 1924 Final against eventual Premiers Essendon and the 1919 Grand Final. He spent a total of 10 seasons with Richmond and represented Victoria five times. James was awarded Life Membership in 1926. He also served on the Richmond Committee between 1927 and 1931. Born and bred in Richmond he died in 1974.
His son, Kevin, tried out for Richmond in the 1953 season.
Yarra Park School Team ( Honours - Captain 1914-16 ).
Stratford Captain/Coach 1927.