Adam Smith (footballer, born 1992)

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Adam Smith
Personal information
Full name Adam Clifford Smith[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bristol Rovers
Number 21
Youth career
Middlesbrough
2010–2011 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Leicester City 0 (0)
2011Chesterfield (loan) 0 (0)
2012Lincoln City (loan) 0 (0)
2012Nuneaton Town (loan) 7 (0)
2014Stevenage (loan) 0 (0)
2014Cambridge United (loan) 1 (0)
2015Mansfield Town (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2017 Northampton Town 86 (0)
2017– Bristol Rovers 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:02, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Adam Clifford Smith (born 23 November 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bristol Rovers.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Sunderland, Smith joined Leicester City from Middlesbrough in 2010.

Early loan moves[edit]

On 16 September 2011 he was loaned to Chesterfield,[2] but was only a backup to Greg Fleming during his spell.

In early January 2012 Smith joined Conference Premier side Lincoln City on loan, again as cover, until the end of the season.[3]

On 25 October 2012, Smith signed for another Conference side in Nuneaton Town, on an initial one-month loan.[4] Smith made his senior debut on 27 October in a 1–1 draw with Barrow, and went on to appear in seven games for the club.

On 11 January 2014 Smith was loaned to Football League One side Stevenage, in a one-month deal to provide cover following injuries to senior goalkeepers.[5]

Cambridge United (loan)[edit]

On 25 April 2014, Smith moved to Conference Premier side Cambridge United on an emergency loan, following injuries to all of the club's senior goalkeepers.[6] Smith made his debut the next day, in a 2–0 defeat to Gateshead on the final day of the League season.[7] With Cambridge having already qualified for the 2013–14 Conference play-offs, Smith starred as Cambridge defeated Halifax Town 2-1 over two legs, Cambridge being 1–0 down after the first leg, to send the U's to Wembley and a chance at promotion to the Football League.[8] On 18 May 2014, Smith played the full match as Cambridge defeated Gateshead 2–1 in the 2014 Conference play-off Final, to earn promotion to League Two.[9]

Return to Leicester[edit]

On 27 June 2014 he signed a new two-year deal with Leicester.[10] Following an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Smith was on the substitutes bench for nine Premier League games during the first half of the 2014–15 season as cover for Ben Hamer, as well as featuring for the Leicester City U21s, keeping a clean sheet against Schalke in the Premier League International Cup.[11]

Mansfield Town (loan)[edit]

On 9 January 2015, Smith moved on a one-month loan to League Two side Mansfield Town after Leicester's signing of Mark Schwarzer moved Smith back down to third choice.[12] The following day, Smith made his Football League debut, starting in a 2–1 away loss against Burton Albion in which he came up against fellow Leicester City loanee Jacob Blyth.[13]

Northampton Town[edit]

On 26 June 2015, Smith signed a two-year deal with League Two club Northampton Town.[14]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

On 6 July 2017, Smith signed for League One club Bristol Rovers after leaving Northampton Town at the end of the season.[15] He made his debut in a 1-0 away defeat to Charlton Athletic on 5 August 2017. He looked to have made an amazing save from a Patrick Bauer header tipping it onto the post, however the linesman and the referee judged that the ball had crossed the line.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2015, Smith and teammates James Pearson and Tom Hopper made a sex tape with local women on Leicester's tour of Thailand, which was obtained by the Sunday Mirror. The three players apologised for making the video, which included a racial epithet towards the women.[17] However, the trio were sacked by the club on 17 June 2015.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nuneaton Town (loan) 2012–13[19] Conference Premier 7 0 0 0 ~ ~ 1[a] 0 8 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2013–14[20] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 ~ ~ 3[b] 0 4 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2014–15[21] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Northampton Town 2015–16[22] League Two 46 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 50 0
2016–17[23] League One 40 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 44 0
Northampton 86 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 94 0
Bristol Rovers 2017–18[24] League One 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 101 0 5 0 4 0 4 0 114 0
  1. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2014 and 31/01/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 8. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chesterfield sign Leicester City keeper Adam Smith". BBC Sport. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lincoln City complete signing of winger Conal Platt". BBC Sport. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Leicester City keeper Adam Smith joins Nuneaton on loan". BBC Sport. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Stevenage Loan For Stopper Smith". Leicester City FC. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Adam Smith joins United". Cambridge United FC. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gateshead 2–0 Cambridge United". BBC Sport. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Cambridge United 2–0 FC Halifax". BBC Sport. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cambridge United 2–1 Gateshead". BBC Sport. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Development Trio Sign Contract Extensions". Leicester City FC. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "U21 Report: Leicester City 2 Schalke 0". Leicester City FC. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Adam Smith: Mansfield Town sign Leicester City keeper". BBC Sport. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Burton 2–1 Mansfield". BBC Sport. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Adam Smith: Northampton Town sign sacked Leicester City keeper". BBC Sport. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rovers Sign Goalkeepers Adam Smith and Sam Slocombe". www.bristolrovers.co.uk. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rovers Suffer Opening Day Defeat at Charlton". www.bristolrovers.co.uk. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Leicester City trio apologise for behaviour on Thailand tour". BBC News. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Leicester City: Three players sacked over racist sex tape". BBC News. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Adam Smith at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Adam Smith in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Adam Smith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Adam Smith in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Adam Smith in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Adam Smith in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  25. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2018. 

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