Dan Smith (footballer, born 1986)

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Dan Smith
Personal information
Full name Daniel Smith
Date of birth (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Sunderland 3 (0)
2006 Huddersfield Town (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2008 Aberdeen 9 (0)
2008 St Johnstone (trial) 3 (0)
2008–2009 Gateshead 11 (0)
2010 Blyth Spartans 0 (0)
2011–2012 Chester-le-Street Town
2012 Darlington 1883
2012–2013 Dunston UTS
2013 Seaham Red Star
2013–2014 Gateshead 0 (0)
2014– Holland Park Hawks 46 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:35, 18 March 2016 (UTC).

Daniel "Dan" Smith (born 5 October 1986) is an English professional footballer who is currently a free agent.

A full back, he previously played professionally in the Premier League for Sunderland, in the Football League for Huddersfield Town, and in the Scottish Premier League for Aberdeen. He also appeared in the Scottish Football League as a triallist for St Johnstone, and played in non-League football for Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Chester-le-Street Town, Darlington 1883, Dunston UTS and Seaham Red Star.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Smith was born in Sunderland,[1] and began his football career with his home-town club. He made his Sunderland first-team debut in the Football League Cup second round against Cheltenham Town in September 2005, in which he was sent off, receiving two bookings.[2] In January 2006, he joined Football League One club Huddersfield Town on a month's loan,[3] later extended for a second month,[4] during which he played eight League games.

After returning to Sunderland, Smith played in three Premier League matches at the end of the season, in the last of which he committed a bad tackle, described in The Independent as a "studs-up lunge", on Arsenal player Abou Diaby,[5] causing the player to suffer a fractured ankle and ruptured ankle ligaments. Arsenal initially threatened legal action over the incident,[6] and Diaby was out of action for eight months.[7]

Scotland[edit]

Despite having signed a new one-year deal with Sunderland during the summer of 2006,[8] Smith joined Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Aberdeen in August on a three-year contract.[9] He made his debut appearance in the Dons' 1–1 draw against St Mirren in the SPL.[10] After making just 13 appearances for the club, he was released at the end of the 2007–08 season.[11]

After trial spells at Port Vale[12] and Darlington, Smith turned out as a trialist for St Johnstone in their First Division match against Morton on 9 August 2008.[13] Following that match, Saints manager Derek McInnes confirmed that Smith would continue to train with the squad for a week,[14] and he played in the next two matches, but was not offered a contract.[15]

Later career[edit]

Smith joined Conference North side Gateshead on 20 November 2008.[16] He made ten starts, all but one in the league, and two substitute appearances,[17] and was released at the end of the season.[18]

In March 2010, Smith signed for Blyth Spartans, also of the Conference North, with a view to regaining fitness.[19] With the club in an injury crisis, he was named once on the substitutes' bench,[20] but never appeared for the club.[21] In the 2011–12 season, he played for Chester-le-Street Town in the Northern League second division.[22]

Smith was one of Martin Gray's first batch of signings as new manager of Darlington 1883, demoted to the Northern League First Division for 2012–13.[23] Smith was released by Darlington at the end of November[24] and signed for Dunston UTS in December.[25] On 27 February 2013, Smith joined Seaham Red Star.[26]

On 19 July 2013, Smith rejoined Gateshead, managed by his brother Anth, after a trial spell during pre season.[27] On 31 January 2014, Smith had his contract cancelled to allow him to pursue his career abroad.[28]

He landed in Australia where he joined Holland Park Hawks, captaining the side to consecutive promotions. The side is now playing in the Brisbane Flight Centre Premier League (3rd Tier Football in Australia)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lawrence hoping for recall". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne. 21 September 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dan's The Man!". Huddersfield Town F.C. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Smith Loan Extended". Huddersfield Town F.C. 15 February 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Rej, Arindam (2 May 2006). "Sunderland 0 Arsenal 3: Wenger furious as wild tackle cuts down Diaby". The Independent. London. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Brodkin, Jon (4 May 2006). "Wenger threatens to sue Smith over Diaby injury". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Gaunt, Ken (9 January 2007). "Liverpool 3 Arsenal 6". sportinglife.com. 365 Media Group. PA Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Phil (30 June 2006). "New deal for Black Cat Smith". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dons complete double signing". Aberdeen F.C. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dons blow chance of claiming top spot". Aberdeen F.C. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Orr, Ian (16 April 2008). "Ten set to leave Aberdeen as Jimmy Calderwood wields axe after Scottish Cup exit". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vale look at trialists". Sky Sports. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Saints surrender the lead twice at Cappielow". St Johnstone F.C. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Smith trains this week". St Johnstone F.C. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Re-shaped defence inevitable for Cup tie". St Johnstone F.C. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gateshead sign left back Dan Smith". Gateshead F.C. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Gateshead FC 2008/09". GFCStats: Unofficial Gateshead Football Club Statistics Database. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Gateshead FC Squad update 2009–10". Gateshead F.C. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Blyth Spartans 0 Northwich Victoria 1 (Match Reaction)". Blyth Spartans A.F.C. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Blyth Spartans 0 Northwich Victoria 1 (Match Report)". Blyth Spartans A.F.C. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Dan Smith". Blyth Spartans A.F.C. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "First Team 2011–2012". Chester-le-Street Town F.C. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  23. ^ Stoddart, Craig (4 June 2012). "Darlington make six new signings". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  24. ^ Luff, Kevin (29 November 2012). "Darlington make six new signings". Darlington 1883. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Dunston Pick Up Ex-Black Cat". Pitchero Non League. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Seaham Red Star sign former Sunderland Premier League player Dan Smith". Sportsbyte Sunderland. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Two More Added To The Squad". Gateshead F.C. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Player Update". Gateshead F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.