David Smith (footballer, born 1993)

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David Smith
Personal information
Full name David Smith
Date of birth (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Falkirk
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2011 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Heart of Midlothian 36 (1)
2011–2012 Raith Rovers (loan) 8 (1)
2012–2013 Raith Rovers (loan) 19 (1)
2014– Falkirk 6 (0)
National team
2008 Scotland U16 5 (2)
2009 Scotland U17 7 (1)
2011 Scotland U19 2 (1)
2012–2013 Scotland U21 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:44, 22 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:40, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

David Smith (born 1 March 1993) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Scottish Championship side Falkirk, as a forward.

Career[edit]

Hearts[edit]

Smith attended Abronhill High School in Cumbernauld and joined the Hearts youth setup aged 10. A member of Hearts under 19 team[1] Smith made his first team debut as a substitute against Dundee United on 15 May 2011.[2] His performance for the under 19 squad in the early part of the 2011–12 season earned him a new three-year contract extending his stay with the club until 2014.[3]

With Hearts in financial difficulty and wanting to bring through members of their under-19 squad into the first team,[4] Smith was sent on loan to Raith Rovers to gain first team experience.[5]

The 2013–14 season would be darkest time for Smith, as Hearts entered administration and were deducted 15 points ahead of the new season. On 2 January 2014, Smith scored his first goal against Edinburgh Derby's rivals Hibernian.[6] During a semi-final match against Inverness CT, Smith fractured his knee in the first half and have to be substituted. After a scan, it announced that Smith would be out for six weeks.[7] Smith would make his return, in a 2–1 loss against Dundee United on 21 March 2014.[8] However, Smith was unable to help the club survive relegation. At the end of the season, Smith signed a contract extension with the club, keeping until 2015.[9]

During his final month at Hearts, Smith lost his first team opportunities following new arrivals and was told he can leave Hearts.[10]

Loan Spell at Raith Rovers[edit]

On 21 November 2011, Smith joined Scottish First Division side Raith Rovers on a month's loan deal.[5] Making his debut on 26 November 2011 scoring their second goal in a 3–2 win against Hamilton.[11] After six appearances on 4 January 2012, his loan was extended for another month.[12] He returned to Hearts on 30 January 2012.[13]

On 31 August 2012, he returned to the club on loan.[14]

Falkirk[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Smith moved to Falkirk, signing a two-year contract.[15] He made his debut on 13 September 2014, as Falkirk drew 1–1 with Queen of the South.[16] Smith then scored his first goal and provided two assists, in a 6–0 win over Cowdenbeath on 25 October 2014.[17]

Scotland[edit]

Smith has represented Scotland at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level.[18][19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 October 2014[20]
Club statistics
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Hearts 2010–11 season 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 season 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14 season 32 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
2014–15 season 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 36 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 41 1
Raith Rovers 2011–12 season 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2012–13 season 19 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 21 1
Total 27 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 29 2
Falkirk 2014–15 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career Total 69 3 2 0 3 0 2 0 76 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under 19 Profile". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dundee United v Hearts". BBC News. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hat-trick of new deals". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hearts start fast-tracking youth players to first team". Scotsman Publications. Edinburgh Evening News. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Trio off on loan". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hibernian 2–1 Heart of Midlothian". BBC Sport. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Premiership: Hearts winger David Smith is sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury". Sky Sports. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Heart of Midlothian 1–2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Six of the best". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 12 May 2014. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Record FC Hearts: Departure of Smith & Robinson is baffling but is Robbie Neilson freeing up space for more new arrivals". Daily Record. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Raith Rovers 3 – 2 Hamilton Academical". SFL. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Duo extend loans". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Loan Deal Extended". Raith Rovers. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Transfer Deadline Day Activity at Stark's Park". Raith Rovers. 31 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "DAVID SMITH JOINS FROM HEARTS". Falkirk F.C. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "FALKIRK 1 QOS 1". Falkirk F.C. 13 September 2014. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Falkirk 6 - 0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "David Smith SFA Profile". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Hearts youth academy boosts Scotland squads". The Scotsman. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "David Smith Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2011.