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Len Smith

Born on 9th February 1912 at North Fitzroy, Melbourne, son of Victor & Ethel May. Educated at Gold St Primary & Collingwood Technical School, he completed an apprenticeship with Alex Mackie in Victoria St Melbourne as a Turner & Fitter.

He obtained a job at the Brunswick rope-works of James Miller & Co. Pty Ltd.  He played VFL football for Melbourne & Geelong, also coaching Fitzroy, Richmond & Victoria. He married Florence Wiseman at Baptist Church, Hawthorn, in July 1933.

He Joined Dennis from Northcote in 1934 at the age of 22, he made his debut against Bell Ramblers in Round 2, scoring 27 & taking 2/26 with his leg spinners.  He played in 5 premierships and scored 5 centuries; he was known as a complete all-rounder, top order batsmen, Spin bowler and could field anywhere, in particular short leg.  In the finals of 1944/45, He scored 31 & took 4/8 in the semi.  In the Grand Final he went berserk making a magnificent 166 out of a total of 278 & taking 14/116 (7/80 & 7/36) against Prestonite.

He played from 1934/35 until 1963/64. It is estimated that he played in about 350 games, scored over 7000 runs and taking over 600 wickets.  Premierships: 1936/37, 1938/39, 1944/45, 1945/46 & 1954/55.  Centuries: 128, 156, 166, 107 & 122*.  Best Bowling: 9/16, 7/26, 7/47, 7/80, 7/36, 7/67 (inc. hattrick). Jika Batting award 2 times: 1945/46 & 1954/55.  He also won 2 Jika fielding awards in 1939/40 & 1942/43.

Len Smith a Dennis Legend.

Len passed away on 23rd July 1967, at the time he was Vice President of the Club. Since 1970 the Best Clubman award has adorned his name.