Our new 'Huddersfield Town greats' mini-series will focus on five of the most iconic, legendary players to have adorned the blue and white stripes during the club's 106-year history.
After yesterday's profile of all-time leading goalscorer George Brown, today we look at the man to have made more appearances for Town than any other player in the club's history. That, of course, was a certain William 'Billy' Smith.
Born in Tantobie, County Durham, Smith spent most of the infant stages of his football career at a club close to home in Hobson Wanderers, who were based near Gateshead.
He joined Town in 1913 after a trial period and scored his first goal for the club in the October of that year against Hull City.
It was merely a sign of things to come.
Nearly 21 years later, when he bagged his last goal in blue and white against Sheffield United in February 1934, Smith had amassed a staggering 574 appearances and 126 goals to boot.
At present, that tally places him in fourth position on the club's all-time goalscoring list, with only Andy Booth (150), Jimmy Glazzard (154) and Brown (159) managing more.
Blessed with a long, raking stride, Smith was a nifty, agile individual who played as what would now be ostensibly considered as a winger. In his era, the station he took up on the field was the outside left, or indeed the right, such was his talent.
He formed a notable relationship down the left flank, however, with Clem Stephenson and his elusive nature allowed him to lay on opportunities aplenty for his team-mates, proving he was no one-trick pony.
Smith was a player that combined hard work and dedication with the spectacular, with his goal record underlining that.
Speaking of the spectacular, Smith was the first player in the history of the game to score directly from a corner, an achievement he gained when scoring against North London giants Arsenal in October 1924.
The influential forward was part of the side that secured promotion from Division Two to the top flight in 1919/1920 but Smith was to suffer personal heartache during that campaign as his silly red card in a league match with Stoke City on the Easter Monday prevented him from playing any part in the FA Cup final.
Without Smith's ingenuity on the left, Town fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Stamford Bridge face-off, with another Billy - Kirton - scoring a 100th-minute winner to consign Town to defeat.
He would atone for his error just two years later.
Town faced Preston North End in the last final staged at Stamford Bridge, prior to the opening of Wembley Stadium and came away with a 1-0 win of their own to seal their one and only FA Cup final triumph thanks to Smith's second-half penalty in a final which was to be remembered for North End 'keeper James Mitchell becoming the only player in the history of the competition to wear spectacles in the final.
The goalscorer had won the penalty and brushed himself down to stroke the ball beyond Mitchell, despite the Lilywhites' No.1's attempts to put off Smith.
Smith had gone full circle in terms of emotions; from the extreme low of two years previously to firing his side to glory and sealing a crucial piece of Town's history.
It acted as inspiration for years to come as Town embarked on their famous triumvirate of Division One titles before winning the Charity Shield and a West Riding Cup medal to add to his bulging collection.
Like so many of the Town team from that era, Smith also received international recognition and secured three England caps in total as well as representing the Football League on the same number of occasions.
He was one of five Town players to take part in the memorable "Wembley Wizards" clash at Wembley which saw England thumped 5-1 by Scotland, with Smith lining up alongside Bob Kelly, Roy Goodall, and Tom Wilson for the Three Lions, while hat-trick hero Alex Jackson was on the Scottish side.
His amazing spell at Leeds Road finally came to an end in July 1934 as he moved to Rochdale to take up a player-manager position with Rochdale, before becoming the trainer and then manager at Spotland until November 1935.
After his final game with the Terriers, Smith was presented with the Football League's Long Service medal, rewarding the tremendous feat of becoming the oldest player to have ever appeared for the club.
Sadly, Smith died at the age of just 55 but his legacy would certainly live on, with his son Conway going on to play for Town - his hometown club - before spells at QPR, Halifax Town and non-league Nelson.
Amazingly, Conway's prolific form in front of goal ensured yet another record for the legend of his father as the duo became the first father-son combination to score over 100 goals each.
Huddersfield Town greats: Malcolm 'Mally' Brown - click here to read our profile
Huddersfield Town greats: Ramon 'Ray' Wilson - click here to read our profile
Huddersfield Town greats: George Brown - click here to read our profile
Saturday: Andy Booth
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