No. 56 Ray Smith

Running defender who was the first Queenslander to play 100 AFL games. A product of the Sherwood State School and the Sherwood Football Club via Western Districts, he played senior football at 15. Enjoyed a unique football treble in Queensland, commencing in rugby union playing for the Reds U19s, playing at interstate level in Australian football onthree occasions, and adding representative rugby league after a mid-career stint in therival code.

He tasted premiership success in rugby league with Valleys in 1970. Played 104 games with Essendon (1971-75) and Melbourne (1975-76) and finished his career as a captain-coach in the VFA. Was recognised by the Brisbane Lions via the 'Ray Smith 100 - Game Honour Board, which hangs in the player rooms at the Gabba, while brothers Bruce and Tony were premiership players Kedron and wore the Maroon jumper with distinction.




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