Lindsay Smith (English footballer)

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Lindsay Smith
Personal information
Full name Lindsay James Smith[1]
Date of birth (1954-09-18) 18 September 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1978 Colchester United 211 (16)
1977 Charlton Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
1978 Millwall (loan) 5 (0)
1978–1982 Cambridge United 174 (7)
1981–1982 Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
1982–1984 Plymouth Argyle 76 (5)
1984–1986 Millwall 55 (5)
1986–1989 Cambridge United 102 (16)
1989–1990 Bury Town ? (?)
Total 629 (49)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lindsay James Smith (born 18 September 1954), is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender in the Football League.


Born in Westminster, Smith began his career at Colchester United. He made his debut against Grimsby Town at the age of 16 years 214 days on 20 April 1971, becoming Colchester's youngest player to appear in the league, a record that currently stands.[2] He went on to make 211 league appearances for Colchester, being named in the PFA Team of the Year for 1976–77 whilst with the U's. He also had loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Millwall. He was signed by Cambridge United in 1978 and where he made 174 league appearances. He was loaned out to Lincoln City during this time. He moved to Plymouth Argyle in 1982 and then to Millwall in 1984, before returning to Cambridge in 1986. He later made appearances for Bury Town.[3]

Smith had an unusual skill-set for someone who played most of his career as a defender. Originally a spindly teenager, he was known for his dribbling skills, often coming on as substitute on the left wing. He was then tried as a midfielder and then as an overlapping left back. However, as his body matured, he became strong in the air and he was used by Colchester as a central defender, and occasionally even as a target man up front. His occasional forays up the left wing from his position in central defense caught many teams by surprise.



Cambridge United[4]



  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Records". Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Lindsay Smith Profile". Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Tier Three (League One) Honours". 
  5. ^ "Individual Awards". 

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