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Rovers saddened by former boss' passing

The thoughts of everyone at Blackburn Rovers are with Jim Smith's family and friends at this sad time

10 December 2019

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Rovers are saddened to learn of the passing of former manager Jim Smith.

Born in Sheffield, Smith was a wing-half during his playing days, representing Halifax Town, Lincoln City, Boston United and Colchester United.

He combined his playing duties alongside a management role at the latter two clubs, which brought success to both teams.

He would oversee Colchester's promotion from the Fourth Division at the end of the 1973-74 season before taking over from Gordon Lee at Rovers in June 1975.

Rovers, who were newly promoted to the Second Division at the time, survived the 1975-76 campaign under Smith's guidance and improved in each of his two following seasons at Ewood Park.

Smith departed for First Division side Birmingham City in March 1978 and would later go on to manage Oxford United (two spells), Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Derby County.

He passed away today [Tuesday 10th December], aged 79.

The thoughts of everyone at Blackburn Rovers are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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