Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  The late Jack Smith was a life member of Metro

The death has occurred in Hobart of Jack Smith, a life member of Metro.

Jack was the father of former Football Federation Tasmania CEO, David Smith.

Jack was 82 and is survived by his widow, Irene, sons David and Andrew, and their children.


David is, of course, now the technical director of Northern New South Wales.

Andrew became a teacher and is now a school head in South Africa.

Jack was born in Sheffield, England, and became involved with Metro when the family moved to Claremont in Tasmania and David and Andrew started playing football for the club.

He was a conscientious member of the Metro committee for numerous years, including the years in the late 1960s when the club philosophy changed somewhat and it was decided to blood youngsters rather than rely on older, more experienced players, including those from overseas.

Former Metro stalwart and player Dave McDonald described Jack as man of integrity who, once he had given you his word, stuck to it.

“Jack was a really good committeeman,” McDonald said after today’s funeral.

“If anything needed doing, he’d get stuck in and do it, even though he was a very busy man at his work.

“He didn’t play favourites and he’d be in everything and he never missed a committee meeting.

“Jack’s wife, Irene, was a nurse with St John’s Ambulance and she helped the club as well.”

Andrew and his family came from South Africa for the funeral today.

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+2 #3 Anonymous 2012-04-05 15:29
All the best Mr Smith! A pleasure to know your son David whom obviously learnt his good manners & attributes from you & his mum!!
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+12 #2 George Krambousanos 2012-04-03 12:46
My condolences to David and his family , although I never meet your dad , the chats we had about him tells me you have lost a father but also a friend , be strong and never forget the good times .
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+20 #1 Anonymous 2012-04-03 10:35
I remember as a kid Mr Smith telling me to put boots down my socks if I couldn't afford shin pads. Later on I realsied he was saying "books". That must have been early 70s. Can remember that day vividly - my first day of soccer and my first coach. RIP Mr Smith.
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