Christian Smith (footballer)

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Christian Smith
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Smith in 2011
Personal information
Full name Christian Daniel Smith[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Crewe, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dulwich Hamlet
Youth career
2004–2006 Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Port Vale 1 (0)
2007Cambridge United (loan) 6 (1)
2007Northwich Victoria (loan) 3 (0)
2007–2008 Clyde 25 (0)
2008–2009 Wrexham 8 (1)
2009 York City 15 (2)
2009–2011 Wrexham 34 (6)
2010–2011Newport County (loan) 1 (0)
2011Barrow (loan) 5 (0)
2011Tamworth (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2012 Chester 31 (6)
2012–2013 Nantwich Town 14 (2)
2013 Airbus UK Broughton 0 (0)
2013 Stafford Rangers 2 (0)
2013 AFC Telford United 6 (0)
2013 Stafford Rangers 2 (0)
2013–2015 Chelmsford City 45 (6)
2015Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 12 (3)
2015 Bishop's Stortford 11 (2)
2015–2018 Maidenhead United 89 (5)
2018–2019 Wealdstone 20 (4)
2019– Dulwich Hamlet 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Christian Daniel Smith (born 10 December 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League South club Dulwich Hamlet.

A former Port Vale youth team player, he was a first team squad member in the 2006–07 season, also spending time on loan at Cambridge United and Northwich Victoria. In 2007, he signed with Clyde, moving on to Wrexham a year later. In 2009, he signed with York City, only to return to Wrexham later in the year. After loan spells at Newport County, Barrow and Tamworth, he left the club for a second time in 2011, after which he joined Chester. He helped the club to the Northern Premier League title in 2011–12. He signed with Nantwich Town in August 2012, before joining AFC Telford United in March 2013. He signed with Chelmsford City in June 2013. He was loaned out to Hayes & Yeading United in February 2015, and joined Bishop's Stortford permanently three months later. In November 2015 he joined Maidenhead United, and helped the club to the National League South title in 2016–17. He moved on to Wealdstone in November 2018, before joining Dulwich Hamlet in June 2019.

Career[edit]

Smith playing for York City in 2009

Born in Crewe, Cheshire, Smith started his career with the Port Vale youth system in 2004.[3] He was to train with the first team in the 2006–07 season and was first involved after being named on the bench in a 1–1 against Hartlepool United on 6 May 2006.[4][5] He made his debut, and only appearance, on 1 January 2007 against Scunthorpe United in a 0–0 draw after coming on as a 70th minute substitute.[6] He was loaned out to Conference National side Cambridge United on 25 January for a one-month period.[7] He made his debut in a 3–0 victory over Woking on 27 January and scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Stafford Rangers.[8] The loan was extended until 21 April in March,[9] but was recalled on 20 March.[10] He finished the spell with six appearances. He then joined Conference National team Northwich Victoria on loan on 22 March.[11] He made his debut in a 4–0 defeat to former club Cambridge on 25 March and finished the spell with three appearances. Smith finished the 2006–07 season with one appearance for Vale and the club announced on 9 May that he would be released when his contract expired on 30 June.[12]

Smith trialled with League Two team Bury before moving to Scotland to sign with Scottish First Division side Clyde in August.[13][14] He made his debut in the opening game of the 2007–08 season, a 3–2 defeat away to Greenock Morton on 4 August. Smith started in Clyde's first 11 matches of the season, before being handed a red card against Livingston on 29 September in the 88th minute, which led to him dropping out of the team due to suspension.[15] He made his return as an 81st-minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Morton on 20 October.[16] He was released by Clyde in June 2008 after making 32 appearances.[17]

Smith playing for Tamworth in 2011

He had a trial with newly-relegated Conference Premier side Wrexham in August 2008, and was offered an initial one-month contract.[18] He scored Wrexham's fourth goal in a 5–0 victory over Stevenage Borough on 9 August, his debut for the team.[19] He was offered two new contracts at Wrexham in December, but rejected these and left on 5 January 2009 following the expiry of his short-term contract.[20][21] He trialled with League Two side Macclesfield Town and was expected to sign a contract with the club, but this was delayed.[20] He eventually signed for Conference Premier rivals York City on a short-term contract until the end of the 2008–09 season on 15 January.[22] He scored on his debut with a shot from 30 yards, with York beating Lewes 3–0 on 17 January.[23] This was followed by Smith scoring York's goal with a header in a 2–1 defeat at Eastbourne Borough.[24] He was released by York following the end of the 2008–09 season,[25] after making 15 appearances and scoring two goals for the team.

He had a trial with former club Wrexham in July and played in the second half of a 0–0 draw with Prestatyn Town in a pre-season friendly.[26] He was offered a contract to return to Wrexham in August.[27]

On 26 November 2010, Smith joined Conference Premier rivals Newport County on loan until January 2011, and made his debut a day later as a 70th-minute substitute in a 2–1 victory over Hayes & Yeading United.[28][29] This would prove his only Newport appearance. Upon his return to Wrexham in January he was suspended by manager Dean Saunders for insulting the club over Twitter.[30] He was sent out on loan to Barrow later in the month.[31] After five appearances he returned to Wales, then in March went on to join Tamworth on an emergency loan.[32] He made seven appearances for Tamworth and in his final appearance, a 2–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers on 30 April, he scored the opening goal of a result that ensured the team's survival from relegation.[33]

Released by Wrexham, he joined Chester of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in August, after impressing on trial.[34] The "Blues" stormed to the league title in 2011–12 with a tally of 100 points, and thereby won promotion into the Conference North. He left the club at the end of the season.[35] Following his release he spent most of the pre-season on trial with AFC Telford United.[36]

He signed for Jimmy Quinn's Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town in August 2012.[37] He moved on to Airbus UK Broughton in January 2013,[38] before joining AFC Telford United via Stafford Rangers in March 2013, who were struggling to avoid relegation out of the Conference Premier.[39] He returned to Stafford Rangers in mid-April, helping the club to win the Walsall Senior Cup with a 2–1 victory over Walsall.[40] He moved onto Dean Holdsworth's Conference South side Chelmsford City in June 2013.[41] He helped the "Clarets" to a 17th-place finish in 2013–14.

He was loaned out to Conference South rivals Hayes & Yeading United in February 2015. Hayes finished one place above the relegation zone at the end of the 2014–15 season. He signed with Bishop's Stortford just before the start of the 2015–16 season.[42] He switched to Maidenhead United in November 2015.[43] He went on to make 22 league appearances in the 2015–16 campaign as Maidenhead posted a seventh-place finish, and then played 24 league games in 2016–17 as Alan Devonshire's "Magpies" were promoted as champions.[44] He also scored the only goal of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup final against Hungerford Town.[45] He scored two goals in 36 appearances in the 2017–18 campaign as Maidenhead consolidated their National League status with a 12th-place finish. Smith played 12 times for the "Magpies" in the 2018–19 season, scoring one goal in the FA Cup, before joining Wealdstone on 21 November 2018.[46] He scored five goals in 23 appearances for the "Stones" during the 2018–19 season. In June 2019, Smith joined Dulwich Hamlet, along with Wealdstone teammate Jeffrey Monakana.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2019
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
Port Vale 2005–06[48] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[49] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2006–07[49] Conference National 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2006–07[49] Conference National 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Clyde 2007–08[50] Scottish First Division 25 0 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 30 0
Wrexham 2008–09[51] Conference Premier 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
York City 2008–09[51] Conference Premier 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Wrexham 2009–10[52] Conference Premier 28 3 1 0 0 0 29 3
2010–11[53] Conference Premier 6 3 0 0 0 0 6 3
Total 34 6 1 0 0 0 35 6
Newport County (loan) 2010–11[53] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Barrow (loan) 2010–11[53] Conference Premier 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Tamworth (loan) 2010–11[53] Conference Premier 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Chester 2011–12[54] NPL Premier Division 31 6 0 0 1 0 6[b] 0 38 6
Nantwich Town 2012–13[55] NPL Premier Division 14 2 0 0 0 0 3[c] 1 17 3
Airbus UK Broughton 2012–13[56] Welsh Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stafford Rangers 2012–13[40] NPL Premier Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 3[d] 1 7 1
AFC Telford United 2012–13[57] Conference Premier 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Chelmsford City 2013–14[58] Conference South 28 4 0 0 2[e] 0 30 4
2014–15[59] Conference South 17 2 4 1 1[f] 0 22 3
Total 45 6 4 1 3 0 52 7
Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 2014–15[56] Conference South 12 3 0 0 12 3
Bishop's Stortford 2015–16[60] National League South 11 2 1 0 1[g] 0 13 2
Maidenhead United 2015–16[61] National League South 24 1 3[h] 1 27 2
2016–17[56] National League South 24 2 0 0 0 0 24 2
2017–18[56] National League 31 2 2 0 3 0 36 2
2018–19[56] National League 10 0 2 1 0 0 12 1
Total 89 5 4 1 6 1 99 7
Wealdstone 2018–19[56] National League South 20 4 0 0 4[i] 1 24 5
Dulwich Hamlet 2019–20[56] National League South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 339 39 12 2 2 0 29 4 379 45
  1. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Four appearances in FA Trophy, two appearances in Cheshire Senior Cup
  3. ^ Appearances and goals in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances and goals in Walsall Senior Cup
  5. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy and one appearance in Essex Senior Cup
  6. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  7. ^ Appearances in Herts Senior Cup
  8. ^ Two appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, one appearance in Berks & Bucks Senior Cup
  9. ^ Two appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, two appearances in National League South play-offs

Honours[edit]

Chester

Stafford Rangers

Maidenhead United

References[edit]

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