Alan Smith (footballer, born 1962)

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Alan Smith
Alan Smith 2014.jpg
Smith in 2014
Personal information
Full name Alan Martin Smith
Date of birth (1962-11-21) 21 November 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Hollywood, Worcestershire, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1981–1982 Alvechurch
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 Leicester City 200 (76)
1987–1995 Arsenal 264 (86)
Total 464 (162)
National team
1988–1992 England[1] 13 (2)
1990–1992 England B 4 (4)
-- England C - (-)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Martin Smith (born 21 November 1962 in Hollywood, Worcestershire) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.[2]

Smith played for Leicester City before joining Arsenal where he won two Golden Boots. He also was capped thirteen times for England.[2][3]

Smith currently is a sporting pundit and commentator and the club patron of Alvechurch F.C..[2][4]

Playing career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

A striker, Smith started his career at non-league Alvechurch in north Worcestershire. He then signed professional forms with Leicester City in June 1982. In his first season, he scored 13 goals in a partnership with Gary Lineker, as the Foxes won promotion to the First Division. He spent five seasons at Leicester, scoring 84 goals in 217 appearances. He was transferred to Arsenal in 1987.

Arsenal[edit]

His first league goal for the club came on 29 August 1987, when he netted a hat-trick in a 6–0 game versus Portsmouth at Highbury.[5] Within this Smith's first season with the Gunners he went on to lift the League Cup of 1987.[citation needed] Smith then scored the first goal in Arsenal's 2-0 victory at Anfield in May 1989 which saw them lift that season's league championship. With Arsenal he then won another league title in 1991 as well as a League and FA Cup Double two years later. He also struck the sole goal in Arsenal's 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final victory against Parma.[6] Smith was Arsenal's top scorer for four consecutive seasons, and the First Division top scorer of the 1988–89 season with 23 goals. He also went on to win another Golden Boot in 1991.[7][3]

Several clubs, including Watford, had expressed an interest in signing Smith just before he announced an end to his playing days in July 1995.[8] He received just one yellow card throughout his entire career.[9]

Whilst at and away from Highbury, Smith scored a sum of 115 goals for Arsenal. All in all Smith has been ranked at 27th within the club's listing of the 50 greatest Gunners of all time.[2][10]

Media career[edit]

Smith is currently a regular co-commentator and sometimes studio pundit for Sky Sports. In 2011, he commentated on the Champions League final alongside Martin Tyler. On 30 June 2011, EA Sports announced that Smith would replace Andy Gray as Martin Tyler's partner in commentating in FIFA 12. This partnership continued in the subsequent FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16, FIFA 17 and the most recent installment FIFA 18.

Playing style[edit]

Tall and slim, Alan Smith was well known for his headers,[11] but during his career he demonstrated all round skills, including a deft first touch and the ability to chest the ball down or head it on for teammates to run onto.[12] Though primarily left-footed, he scored a number of goals with his right foot.[13]

He scored in a number of important games for Arsenal, including the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup final and scored one goal in Arsenal's decisive victory at Anfield in 1989.[2] As a striker Smith has been compared as similar to former Arsenal marksman Olivier Giroud.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Source:[15]
Club statistics
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 1982–83 Second Division 39 13 1 1 1 0 41 14
1983–84 First Division 40 15 1 0 2 1 43 16
1984–85 First Division 39 12 4 2 2 1 45 15
1985–86 First Division 40 19 1 0 1 0 42 19
1986–87 First Division 42 17 1 1 3 2 46 20
Total 200 76 8 4 9 4 217 84
Arsenal 1987–88 First Division 39 11 3 1 8 4 50 16
1988–89 First Division 36 23 2 0 5 2 43 25
1989–90 First Division 38 10 2 0 4 3 44 13
1990–91 First Division 37 22 8 2 4 3 49 27
1991–92 First Division 39 12 1 1 2 0 4 4 46 17
1992–93 Premier League 31 3 7 1 7 2 45 6
1993–94 Premier League 25 3 2 1 5 1 9 2 41 7
1994–95 Premier League 19 2 1 0 3 1 4 1 27 4
Total 264 86 26 6 38 16 17 7 347 115
Career Total 464 162 34 10 47 20 17 7 564 199

Honours[edit]

Arsenal[2]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alan Smith". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Greatest 50 Players - 27. Alan Smith". Arsenal.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "Arsenal's Alan Smith". Getty Images. 
  4. ^ "Club Personnel". Alvechurch FC.club. 
  5. ^ "Arsenal appearances 1987/88". Arseweb.com. 
  6. ^ "uefa.com – UEFA Cup Winners' Cup". UEFA. 1 June 1994. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Young, James (4 April 1993). "Football: FA Cup semi-final: Guy Hodgson meets the men at the sharp end in today's Spurs-Arsenal FA Cup semi-final at Wembley: Alan Smith – Arsenal – Sport". The Independent. 
  8. ^ Young, James (21 June 1995). "Rioch signs Bergkamp to signal new era – Sport". The Independent. 
  9. ^ "GGM 42: Last-gasp Linighan clinches FA Cup | History". Arsenal F.C. 16 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "France striker Olivier Giroud deserves a lot more respect – Alan Smith". Squawka.com. 
  11. ^ "Alan Smith's footballing memories". telegraph.co.uk. 
  12. ^ "Best Arsenal players: the 11 greatest ever". FourFourTwo. 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  13. ^ Football History TimeMachine (2016-10-02), ALAN SMITH - Arsenal legend, retrieved 2017-09-25 
  14. ^ "Wenger - Giroud reminds me of Alan Smith". Arsenal.com. 
  15. ^ "Alan Smith: Leicester City career stats". FoxesTalk Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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