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David Smith's 80 years of service to beloved Brimscombe

By lauracfell  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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DEVOTED David Smith has been watching his beloved Brimscombe and Thrupp play football since he was eight years old.

The one-club man is now 90 years old which means he has dedicated more than 80 years of his life to Brimscombe.

A very young Smith watched Brimscombe play the likes of Gloucester City and Chepstow before finally running out on to the pitch himself aged 15 to play sides from the forces.

He played for the club until the age of 40 before serving time as both chairman and president. Smith has since watched as his sons and grandsons have all played for the club.

Born and bred in Brimscombe, Smith believes the long-standing club is very special indeed.

Smith said: “It is one of the oldest clubs in Gloucestershire.

“There is a lot of history and tradition and it has been around since 1887.

“There weren’t many clubs around then and my father told me at the turn of the century he used to watch Brimscombe play Swindon with everyone travelling by coach and horse.

“I signed up for the RAF during the war which took me away from the club but I have some great memories.

“I remember scoring seven goals against Forest Green Rovers in one season, four at The Lawn and three at home.”

Smith, who worked as an executive officer for the Ministry of Defence, moved away from Brimscombe to Stonehouse when he married.

Smith’s oldest son Ian was a goalkeeper and his younger son Neil a hard-working midfielder for Brimscombe.

Grandson Peter served time at Forest Green and now runs Brimscombe Reserves while his other grandsons Ben and Chris have also made appearances at the Meadow.

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