Dean Smith (footballer, born 1958)
|Full name||Dean Smith|
|Date of birth||28 November 1958|
|Place of birth||Leicester, England|
|Date of death||17 April 2009(aged 50)|
|Place of death||Leicester, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1978||→ Houston Hurricane (loan)||17||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A forward, Smith began his career in the youth system at hometown Division One club Leicester City in April 1975 and progressed to sign his first professional contract in December 1976. Smith had to wait until September 1977 to make his first team debut, which came when he replaced Eddie Kelly during a 5–1 defeat to Everton. He had to wait until 14 January 1978 for his next appearance, which came with a start in a 0–0 draw with Bristol City. Smith's most notable moment in a Foxes shirt came on 23 March 1978, when he scored his only goal for the club in a 3–2 defeat to Manchester United. Smith made 10 appearances during the 1977–78 season, but departed Filbert Street in October 1978 after failing to make an appearance during the early months of the 1978–79 season.
Houston Hurricane (loan)
During the English off-season in the summer of 1978, Smith moved to the United States to join North American Soccer League side Houston Hurricane on loan. He scored six goals in 17 appearances for the Hurricane in a disappointing 1978 season, which saw the club finish bottom of the American Conference Central Division.
Smith signed for Division Three side Brentford for a £20,000 fee in October 1978. He made something of a breakthrough into the first team, making 26 appearances and scoring eight goals during the 1978–79 season. Smith made a further 25 appearances during the 1979–80 season, but the arrival of Fred Callaghan as manager changed the team's style of play and he drifted out of the first team picture. Smith departed Brentford in February 1981, after being suspended by the club for a breach of discipline. He made 61 appearances and scored 17 goals during his time at Griffin Park.
After his departure from Brentford, Smith dropped into non-league football and played for Nuneaton Borough, Shepshed Charterhouse, Enderby Town, Hinckley Town, Corby Town, St Andrews and Oadby Town.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Leicester City||1977–78||First Division||10||1||0||0||0||0||10||1|
|Houston Hurricane (loan)||1978||North American Soccer League||17||6||—||—||17||6|
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