Originally from Naracoorte in the South-East of South Australia, Malcolm Smith attended Magill Primary School.
He made his league debut in round one 1956. Norwood were narrowly defeated by West Torrens at Thebarton 10.18 to 11.14. A few days later he played in the Anzac Day clash against Port Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval.
His playing opportunities at Norwood were limited however, due to country employment as a wool classer, and he only played a few games in the Reserves for the remainder of 1956.
He then gained coaching experience in the United Church Football Association, and in the Norwood-North Association as captain-coach of Hectorville Football Club.
Smith began his coaching career at Norwood with the Colts (Under 17's) from 1970-1973. He was very well respected at the club, and worked tirelessly in school coaching and country recruitment.
He had two stints coaching the Norwood's under 19 team (1974-76, 1979-82).
Smith guided the under 19's to the 1980 premiership with Tomkins medallist Duncan Fosdike as captain and vice captain Tom Warhurst .
Other well known players to have been coached by Smith over the years included, Ugo Colasante, Richard Neagle, Dean Renfrey, Michael Taylor and Keith Thomas.
A long time employee of Metro Meats, Smith also found work for a number of young players who boarded at the Norwood Football Club residence, Carmel Court
R Cialini, R Walsh March 2020