Mackail-Smith playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
|Full name||Craig Anthony Robert Mackail-Smith|
|Date of birth||25 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Watford, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Current club||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1999–2000||St Albans City|
|2000–2003||St Albans City||45||(2)|
|2004–2007||Dagenham & Redbridge||106||(38)|
|2011–||Brighton & Hove Albion||74||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:40, 5 March 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Craig Anthony Robert Mackail-Smith (born 25 February 1984) is a footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion as a striker. He has also played for England C and at full international level for Scotland. He was the winner of League One Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.
Mackail-Smith started his career with the youth system at St Albans City in 1999, scoring two goals in 30 starts and 15 substitute appearances. He was released at the end of the 2003 season and joined Arlesey Town where he played for only one season, a highlight of which was knocking Dagenham & Redbridge out of the FA Trophy.
Dagenham & Redbridge
He later joined Dagenham & Redbridge in 2004 when the club was in the Football Conference, When he was at the club he scored 14 times in the league he picked up five yellow cards and he was also substituted three times. then on 29 January 2007 he was signed by Peterborough United with Dagenham retaining 15% of any future transfer fee.
Mackail-Smith had a slow start to life as a Peterborough United striker, playing only rarely in his first season in League Two. But when the side had reached league 1 he took up a regular forward position in the first team and he linked up well with the then Peterborough United striker Aaron McLean, Mclean would later move to Hull City in 2010.
Steve Claridge posted a scouting report on 23 September 2008 on Mackail-Smith he described him as a "a rampaging Nordic Viking with his long blond hair", and he was impressed by the way he would pick up the ball and run at defenders, attacking at every opportunity in what Claridge described as a positive way. Mackail Smith managed to rack up 35 goals for the club during the 2010–11 season. The 35 goals that he scored during that season made him the most prolific scorer in England for the season and also bagged him the coveted prize of Football League One Player of the Year Award.
His then manger Darren Ferguson described him as a hard working front man who has an excellent goal to game ratio. When Mackail Smith was interviewed by BBC Sport in June 2011 he was quoted in saying that“ I want to play at the highest level I can attain and I want to play in the Premier League” and he continued to say that “Though obviously it all depends on what kind of club comes in for me”. On 29 May 2011 Mackail-Smith scored the second goal in the 3–0 win against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford to clinch promotion for Peterborough United to the Championship. Prior to Mackail-Smith leaving for Brighton, Mackail Smith was the subject of bids from Premier League clubs including Queens Park Rangers.
In total Mackail-Smith scored 99 goals over 211 games in all competitions for Peterborough United.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 4 July 2011 Mackail-Smith joined Brighton & Hove Albion for an initial £2.5million, possibly rising to £3.25million, signing a four-year deal. Mackail-Smith's first goal for Brighton was a winner against Portsmouth. Mackail-Smith then scored four goals in his next seven matches, including a double in a 3–3 home draw against Leeds United.
However, Mackail-Smith then hit a goal drought and struggled to score, hitting just one goal between October 2011 and February 2012, on 29 November against Derby County, although he was still a key player of Brighton's campaign, and was credited with more assists than any other player in the squad during that time.
In one match, a 2–0 win over Bristol City in January, he was elbowed in the face in the penalty area and had to come off with a black eye. He played Brighton's next match despite still having a heavily swollen eye. Mackail-Smith ended his goal drought by coming off the bench against the team he scored two against earlier in the season, Leeds United, to score at close range from a corner. Mackail-Smith's goal put Brighton 1–0 up and they eventually won the match 2–1.
On his 28th birthday he scored at the Amex Stadium for the first time in five months in a 3–0 win against Ipswich Town, and scored again the next weekend in a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers. In total, Mackail-Smith scored 10 goals for Brighton, and he revealed his disappointment at his goal haul, which he largely put down to adapting to Brighton's passing style of football.
Mackail-Smith enjoyed a better start to the 2012-13 season, scoring four goals in two games, firstly against Barnsley and then scoring two spectacular goals against Burnley which saw him score a fantastic overhead kick during a 3–1 victory for the Seagulls.
Mackail-Smith has a unique record of scoring against Leeds United in every match he has played against them in his career. This includes 5 goals in 3 Brighton-Leeds matches.
While with Dagenham & Redbridge, Mackail-Smith received his first international recognition being called up to play for the England C team, winning seven caps and scoring four goals. He helped England C win the 2005–06 European Challenge Trophy, scoring two goals.
Mackail-Smith qualified to play for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born grandmother Margaret and confirmed his interest in playing for Scotland if called up. On 24 March 2011, he received his first senior international call-up from Scotland boss Craig Levein for a friendly with Brazil on 27 March. He made his international debut when he came on as a substitute for Kenny Miller in the 87th minute. He scored his first international goal against Liechtenstein on 8 October 2011 in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier, and played in the match against Spain in Alicante on 12 October 2011, winning a penalty from which David Goodwillie scored, in a match that Spain won 3–1.
|1.||8 October 2011||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz||Liechtenstein||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
- As of 24 March 2013
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||2004–05||Conference National||40||12||2||0||—||1[a]||0||43||12|
|Peterborough United||2006–07||League Two||15||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||8|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2011–12||Championship||45||9||3||0||2||1||—||50||10|
Peterborough United F.C.
- League One play-offs
- Winner (1): 2010–11
- League One
- Runner-Up (1): 2008–09
- League Two
- Runner-Up (1): 2007–08
Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.
- 2007-08 FA Cup Topscorer: 7 goals
- 2010-11 League One Topscorer: 27 goals
- League One Player of the Year: 2010–11
- PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11 League One
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