Gordon Smith (footballer born September 1954)
|Full name||Gordon Duffield Smith|
|Date of birth||29 September 1954|
|Place of birth||Kilwinning, Scotland|
|Playing position||Forward / Midfielder|
|1980–1983||Brighton & Hove Albion||109||(22)|
|1982||→ Rangers (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gordon Duffield Smith (born 29 September 1954 in Kilwinning) is a former football player who played for Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion. After retiring as a player, he worked as a football agent and BBC football pundit before being appointed chief executive of the Scottish Football Association in 2007, a post he held until his resignation on 19 April 2010. Smith then worked as the director of football of Rangers during the 2011–12 season.
Smith started his career with Kilmarnock. He was known as Casper (after the ghost) for the way he 'ghosted ' past defenders in his path. He was sold to Rangers in 1977 for £65,000. In his first season with Rangers, Smith won the domestic treble, scoring 27 goals from midfield.
He was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion in 1980 for a record transfer fee of £440,000. He returned to Rangers on loan in December 1982, playing in the 1982 Scottish League Cup Final defeat by Celtic. Smith made three appearances during his loan spell, without scoring.
Smith played for Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final, which they drew 2–2 with Manchester United. Smith had a chance to win the cup for Brighton, but his shot was saved by United goalkeeper Gary Bailey.
After Brighton he joined Manchester City, before a short spell with Oldham Athletic. Smith then went to play in Austria with Admira Wacker, and in Switzerland with FC Basel, and he then finished his career back in Scotland with Stirling Albion.
Smith had a spell as assistant manager of St. Mirren between 1990 and 1993 before beginning careers in the media and as a football agent. He represented many players, including Scotland players Paul Lambert and Kenny Miller. Smith published an autobiography in 2005, entitled "And Smith Did Score", the royalties from which he donated to children's charities.
Smith relinquished his career as an agent to take up the position of Scottish Football Association chief executive, which had been vacated by David Taylor moving to UEFA, in June 2007. Soon after being appointed SFA chief executive, he suggested in a book that there was "an agenda against Rangers", the team he formerly played for. Smith's controversial and somewhat chequered spell as CEO of the Scottish FA ended when he resigned in April 2010 due to personal reasons. After leaving the SFA, Smith wrote a weekly column in the Scottish edition of the Daily Express newspaper and featured on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.
In June 2011, Smith was appointed Director of football at Rangers by their new owner Craig Whyte, tasked with assisting new manager Ally McCoist. He left this role in February 2012, soon after the club entered administration.
Smith was declared bankrupt in October 2012.
- Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
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- Ferguson, John (1 June 2013). "Revealed: Former SFA chief executive and Rangers legend Gordon Smith declared bankrupt after stacking up debts of £644,411". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 1 June 2013.