Alex Smith (footballer born 1944)

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Alex Smith
Personal information
Full name Robert Alexander Smith
Date of birth (1944-02-06) 6 February 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Billingham, Teesside, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961-1972 Middlesbrough 121 (1)
1972–1974 Bangor City (player-manager)
1974–1976 Darlington
Guisborough Town (player-coach)
Teams managed
1972–1974 Bangor City (player-manager)
Guisborough Town (player-coach)
Evenwood Town (assistant manager)
1996– Middlesbrough (kit manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Alexander Smith is the current kit manager at Middlesbrough, a football club in the English Coca Cola Championship. He was previously a football player for several years with the same club and a player manager of Welsh club Bangor City.

An apprentice fitter before he became a footballer, Smith was on the books at Middlesbrough for four years before he made his first team debut. His debut came as a substitute in a 4–2 win over Bristol City in March 1966. He was in and out of the side for much of his career. He was transfer listed in May 1967 but stuck around, turning down a move to Blackburn Rovers in September 1971.

Smith eventually left Teesside in June 1972, becoming player-manager of Welsh side Bangor City. He returned to league football with Darlington in 1974.

He later fixed his sights on Non-League football, where his posts included a stint as player-coach with the Guisborough Town side that reached the FA Vase final, as well as being assistant to former Middlesbrough defender Peter Creamer at Evenwood Town in 1991. He later ran a sports shop, before returning to Middlesbrough during the 1996–97 season as their kit manager.

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