Matt Smith (footballer, born 1982)

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Matt Smith
Matt Smith, Mohammad Adnan.jpg
Smith after winning the Grand Final with Brisbane Roar in 2012
Personal information
Full name Matthew Terence Smith
Date of birth (1982-10-14) 14 October 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Chichester, England
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Bangkok Glass
Number 4
Youth career
UWE Hartpury University, Gloucestershire
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2005 Chichester City 18 (5)
2006–2007 Cirencester Town 0 (0)
2007 Palm Beach 25 (2)
2008–2010 Brisbane Strikers 24 (3)
2009–2010 North Queensland Fury (loan) 11 (0)
2010–2014 Brisbane Roar 112 (5)
2015– Bangkok Glass 5 (2)
National team
2012– Australia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Terence "Matt" Smith (born 14 October 1982) is an English-Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Bangkok Glass in the Thai Premier League. Smith started his Australian professional football career with North Queensland Fury during the 2009/10 A-League season and then signed a two-year contract with Brisbane Roar at the start of the A-League 2010/11 season.

Club career[edit]

Born in Chichester, England, Smith started his career playing University football in England, where he represented several different Universities before being signed by Championship club Portsmouth. Smith moved to Australia for one year in 2004 and returned in 2006, during which time he attended Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and completed his Masters degree in Sports Management. He also captained the Hartpury senior side to the BUSA National Championship in 2007.[citation needed] He moved to Australia and played for Palm Beach before moving to Brisbane Strikers. He was signed on an injury replacement loan at North Queensland Fury to replace Scottish defender Scott Wilson.[1]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 16 April 2010 it was announced that Smith joined the Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal after his contract with North Queensland expired due to ownership changes.[2] On 6 September 2011, the Roar announced that Smith would replace departed midfielder Matt McKay as captain of the club.[3] On 10 September 2012, Smith signed a new 3-year contract at the Roar, extending his stay until the end of the 2015/16 season.[4]

Bangkok Glass[edit]

It was announced in December 2014 that Smith would leave the Brisbane Roar and join Bangkok Glass for an undisclosed fee.[5]

Personal[edit]

Smith married Aicha Bendjelloul on May 17 in a civil ceremony in Brisbane, Australia. They then celebrated with family and friends by hosting a party on the Thai island of Koh Samui.[6]
Together, they have 3 children Iyla, Ava and Owen.[7] Smith is qualified with a BA Degree in Marketing and Leisure Management and a Masters in Sports Management from Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

Honours[edit]

All including Brisbane Roar:

A-League statistics[edit]

As of 24 October 2014
Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
North Queensland Fury 2009–10 11 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 11 0
Brisbane Roar 2010–11 33 2 33 2
2011–12 27 0 5 0 32 0
2012–13 14 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14 29 3 29 3
2014–15 3 0 1 1 0 0 4 1
Total 106 5 1 1 5 0 112 6
Career Total 117 5 1 1 5 0 123 6

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

References[edit]

PFA A-League Team of the Year

Matt Smith makes every moment count

Brisbane Roar dominate Fox Sports team of the year 2010/11

Brisbane Roar come back from the dead to win 2010/11 Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium

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