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Irish League Lives: How Jim Smyth spent 18 months out of the game in a bid to leave Portadown before Glentoran rescued his career

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Former Portadown and Glentoran full-back Jim Smyth now assists at Dundonald foodbank

Former Portadown and Glentoran full-back Jim Smyth now assists at Dundonald foodbank

Former Portadown and Glentoran full-back Jim Smyth now assists at Dundonald foodbank

Coming from east Belfast, it was Jim Smyth's dream to play for Glentoran.

As a boy, standing on the terracing at The Oval, he looked on in awe as he watched John Hill, Billy McKeag, Jim Weatherup and Johnny Jamison strut their stuff.

Having played for Orangefield School and the 52nd Boys' Brigade, Jim joined Clarawood Boys in the Dundonald League. He was duly spotted by Gibby Mackenzie, who knew a thing or two about snapping up players from junior football.


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