David Smith (footballer, born 1968)

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David Smith
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-03-29) 29 March 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Left back / Winger
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town (commercial manager)
Youth career
1984–1986 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1993 Coventry City 154 (19)
1993 AFC Bournemouth (loan) 1 (0)
1993–1994 Birmingham City 38 (3)
1994–1998 West Bromwich Albion 102 (2)
1998–2002 Grimsby Town 112 (9)
2002–2003 Swansea City 4 (1)
Total 411 (34)
National team
1988–1989 England U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Smith (born 29 March 1968) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. Between 1986 and 2003, he played for Coventry City, A.F.C. Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Grimsby Town and Swansea City, making more than 400 appearances in the Football League and Premier League. He won 10 caps for the England under-21 team.

Since 2004 he has been employed as the commercial manager at Grimsby Town.


Smith started his career at Coventry City after signing professional terms with the club in 1986. He had previously failed trials at Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Luton Town, Swindon Town, and Bristol Rovers before becoming an apprentice at Coventry City in 1984. Four years on he made his debut as a teenager in the Premier League against Manchester United at Old Trafford, this ended in a 1–0 defeat. Smith became a regular in the side and earned several England under 21 caps. He soon became a Sky Blue's fan favourite due to his fast and exciting wing play.

After a loan spell at A.F.C. Bournemouth where he made one league appearance in 1993 he moved to Birmingham City where he spent a season before moving to local rivals West Bromwich Albion under Alan Buckley. He spent four years at the club.

Grimsby Town[edit]

Smith re-joined Alan Buckley halfway through the 1997–1998 season. He scored on his debut for the club in a 4–0 win over Brentford in a league match at Blundell Park. Smith helped Grimsby Town win the Auto Windscreens Shield.

One of his most notable moments at Grimsby Town was when he scored in the first-leg of the Division 2 play-off semi-final against Fulham in the 1997–1998 season, a careless pass by Fulham's Wayne Collins enabled Smith to latch on and score an equaliser.[1] He also was in the team that won the Second Division play-offs, gaining promotion to the First Division.[2]

On 31 August 1998, he was instrumental in the thrashing of his old club, he provided two assists and a goal in the 5–1 home tie against West Bromwich Albion, he took a corner for Peter Handyside to head home from close range in the 6th minute, then on 17 minutes Smith's free kick was met by Richard Smith and Wayne Burnett placed a half-volley past Alan Miller, then in the 27th minute Jack Lester beat two men down the right before the striker crossed the ball for Smith to score.[3]

On 19 August 2000, he scored an equaliser in the 84th minute in the 1–1 draw against Portsmouth, Smith was unmarked and sent a left-foot volley past goalkeeper Russell Hoult after a Kevin Donovan cross from the right.[4]

On 2 March 2002, he scored the 5th goal in the 88th minute for the 'Mariners' in the 5–2 victory against promotion-chasing Crystal Palace, after some well worked movement by Danny Butterfield he passed to Smith who slotted the ball home.[5][6] He continued as a regular first-team player until he picked up an injury in a 2001–02 game against Gillingham.[7] Smith was a key member of that squad, proving his versatility by performing as a deputy for Tony Gallimore and regularly playing there for tactical reasons.

Swansea City[edit]

He moved to Swansea City for the 2002–03 season on a 12-month deal playing in the Third Division.[8] Several injuries prevented him from making an impact and he only managed four appearances all season, scoring once. He left Swansea at the end of the season and soon after retired.


Upon retiring from professional football in 2003, Smith returned to Grimsby where he briefly worked in a local car dealership, before going into marketing. He was appointed as the assistant commercial manager at Grimsby Town F.C. in 2003.[9] He eventually became the commercial manager.[10]


Grimsby Town


  1. ^ Jones, Ken (11 May 1998). "Fulham 1–1 Grimsby Town". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Grimsby bounce back to Division 1". BBC News. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Staniforth, Tommy (1 September 1998). "Grimsby 5–1 West Brom". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 19 August 2000. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Grimsby 5–2 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 2 March 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Grimsby Town memories: Mariners 5 Crystal Palace 2". Grimsby Telegraph. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gillingham 2–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 5 March 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Swansea sign Smith". BBC Sport. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mariners bring back Smith". BBC Sport. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Backroom staff". Grimsby Town F.C. 11 December 2014. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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