Manny Smith

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Manny Smith
Personal information
Full name Emmanuele Gabriel Smith[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-08) 8 November 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Notts County
Number 5
Youth career
000?–2006 Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Walsall 124 (7)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan) 5 (0)
2012– Notts County 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 6 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Emmanuele Gabriel "Manny" Smith (born 8 November 1988) is an English footballer who plays for Notts County as a defender.

Career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Smith progressed through the youth system at Walsall, eventually signing a one-year contract in May 2006, which kicked off his professional career.

He was captain of Walsall reserve team during the 2006–07 season. He was on the verge of the first team during this very season, however the management at Walsall believed that he lacked that competitive match experience which was needed to become a first-team regular.[citation needed]

He was allowed to link up with Southern Football League Premier Division side, Halesowen Town on loan. During his short time at the club Smith made five league appearances for the Birmingham-based outfit before returning to Bescot Stadium, to make his professional debut on 7 April 2007 in Walsall's Football League Two clash with Torquay United. The centre half came on as a 70th minute substitute in this game replacing Craig Pead.[2]

Smith started the 2007–08 campaign in high spirit after making his debut in the previous season, the he had also just signed another contract with the club in May 2007, meaning he would remain at the Bescot Stadium until May 2008.

This would prove to be a difficult season for him, especially if he wanted to climb back up the ladder and break back into the first-team. However during the start of the season he failed to do so spending a lot of time playing in the reserve side. February 2008, turned out to be a big month him following the sale of defensive colleague Scott Dann, who joined Coventry City towards the very end of the January transfer window.[3]

Despite the summer departure of fellow centre half Ian Roper, Smith remained as only the third choice centre half due to the arrival of Stephen Roberts from Doncaster Rovers.

He signed a new two-year contract with the club on 10 May 2010.[4]

In February 2012, Manny was disciplined by the club for his offensive tweet to a lifelong supporter.[5]

O 9 July 2012, Smith signed a two-year deal with League One side Notts County.[6] He played his first competitive game for the club in a League Cup match against Bradford City. However he was stretchered off in the first half after twisting his knee in a challenge with Alan Connell, it was later confirmed by Keith Curle that Smith would be out for 3 months[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2012
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Walsall
2006–07[8]
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08[9]
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09[10]
26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2009–10[11] 33 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 37 4
2010–11[12] 25 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 29 2
2011–12[13] 33 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 38 1
Total 124 7 7 0 3 0 4 0 138 7
Halesowen Town (loan)
2006–07
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Notts County
2012–13
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 129 7 7 0 3 0 4 0 143 7
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Southern Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Brian Halford. "Torquay 1 Walsall 2". Birmingham Mail. 
  3. ^ "Coventry sign Dann from Walsall". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Walsall release seven including Dwayne Mattis". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Players fined for Twitter comments". The FA. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Manny becomes a Magpie". Notts County F.C. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Notts target new defender after Smith ruled out for three months". Nottingham Post. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Walsall 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Walsall 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Walsall 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Walsall 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Walsall 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Walsall 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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