Wrexham AFC are saddened to hear of the passing of legendary former player Ray Smith, at the age of 77.
The former centre forward was a mainstay in the Wrexham sides of the late 1960's and early 1970's making over 150 Football League appearances scoring 60 goals. Ray is perhaps best remembered for scoring what was dubbed 'The Goal That Silenced the Kop' by opening the scoring in an FA Cup tie against Liverpool in January 1970.
Signed in 1967 by manager Alvan Williams, Smith moved to North Wales from Southend United with whom he'd begun his career. Born in London he settled in Wrexham spending five seasons at the Racecourse Ground having joined for an £8,000 fee.
Having made his debut for the club in August 1967 against Luton Town, Smith went on to finish as the club's top scorer in the 1967/68 campaign with 18 goals. Affectionately known as 'Smudger' by supporters, Ray will be deeply missed by all those lucky enough to see him play, and Wrexham AFC mourns the loss of a vital part of the club's rich history.
After moving on in 1972 he spent a year with Peterborough United before returning to the area with Bangor City and remained in North Wales for the remainder of his life.
There will be a private funeral on February 15th but Ray will pass the Racecourse Ground one final time before the service begins at 11am.
We offer our condolences to Ray's family and friends at this difficult time.
Thank you for everything and RIP, Ray Smith.