Graeme Smith (footballer, born 1983)
Smith playing for Motherwell
|Full name||Graeme Meldrum Smith|
|Date of birth||8 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2003–2004||→ Ross County (loan)||20||(0)|
|2009–2010||Brighton & Hove Albion||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:46, 30 December 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:06, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
Graeme Meldrum Smith (born 8 June 1983 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Brechin City in the Scottish League One. He started his career at Rangers and has also played for Ross County, Motherwell, Brighton, Hibernian, Gabala, Partick Thistle and Ayr United.
On 25 June 2005, Smith signed for Motherwell. During four seasons at Fir Park, Smith made 127 SPL appearances for Motherwell. Smith was included in the Scotland squad to face the Faroe Islands and Lithuania in Euro 2008 qualifiers played in September 2006, but he did not play in either game. Smith made one appearance for the Scotland B team during this time, playing in a 1–1 draw with the Republic of Ireland B team in November 2007. He was part of the Motherwell side that finished third in the SPL in the 2007–08 season, qualifying for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 1 July 2009, Smith transferred to English League One side Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a two-year contract. However, he conceded five goals on his debut, coming as a substitute after the regular goalkeeper Michel Kuipers had been sent off, as Brighton lost 7–1 at Huddersfield. Smith went on to make nine further appearances for Brighton.
Smith returned to the SPL on 1 January 2010 by signing for Hibernian on a free transfer. He immediately took possession of the goalkeeper position at Hibs, as manager John Hughes sought to put a "goalkeeping school" in place. Smith was involved in a remarkable game towards the end of the 2009–10 season, as he conceded six goals against his former club Motherwell, the match finishing drawn 6–6. Smith eventually fell behind Mark Brown and Graham Stack in the selection order under the management of Colin Calderwood and was released by the club in April 2011. He had made only 16 league appearances during his 15 months with the club.
Smith was invited by Tony Adams to train with Azerbaijan Premier League club Gabala in July 2011. Smith signed a one-year contract with Gabala after a pre-season tour of England. He made his debut for Gabala in an Azerbaijan Cup tie against Neftchala, in which they won 3–0. Smith made his league debut on 7 March in a 3–2 defeat against Kəpəz. On 17 May, Smith's contract was not renewed by Gabala.
Return to Scotland
Smith trained with Dunfermline, in his native Scotland, in July 2012. On 13 November 2012, he signed a 9-week deal with Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle. Smith scored an own goal in his debut appearance for Thistle, a 1–0 defeat against Hamilton on 16 November. He left the club at the end of his contract.
On 21 November 2015, Smith travelled to the Ochilview ground for the away game against Stenhousemuir. Unfortunately for him, the match was actually a home fixture for Brechin, 83 miles away. He did make it in time to play, but the side still lost 2–1.
Smith extended his contract with Brechin City for another year on 1 June 2016.
- As of match played 24 December 2016
|Club performance||League||Domestic Cup||League Cup||Other[note 1]||Total|
|Ross County (Loan)||2003–04||20||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||21||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2009–10||6||0||3||0||1||0||1||0||11||0|
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