Jay Smith (footballer, born September 1981)
|Full name||Jay Alexander Smith|
|Date of birth||24 September 1981|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2006||→ Oxford United (loan)||6||(0)|
|2006||→ Notts County (loan)||11||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ AFC Telford United (loan)||6||(1)|
|2012–2013||AFC Telford United||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:32, 23 February 2013 (UTC).
Signed in 2002 after a successful loan spell and turning down the advances of Hull City, Smith made his debut in August the same year and quickly became a regular in the Blues side.
A horrendous spell of injuries, including a broken ankle, has interrupted his career. Towards the end of the 2005–06 season, Smith was loaned out to Oxford United – and despite impressing manager Jim Smith during the run-in, it was not enough to save Oxford from dropping out of the football league.
Steve Tilson has always maintained that there was a place for a fit Jay Smith in the Southend squad and even after speaking to Oxford about a permanent deal for 2006–07, Smith and Southend committed to each other again and he signed on for another year at Roots Hall.
On 26 January 2007, Smith was released from Southend and made a permanent switch to Notts County after a successful two-month loan spell.
In December 2009, Smith joined Conference North side Eastwood Town on a one-month deal. The following month the deal was extended for another month, but at the end of January, Smith signed for Conference National side Tamworth. It was announced that Smith would be taking over as club captain for the 2010–11 season from former player Chris Smith. On 18 November 2011, Smith was loaned to AFC Telford United until 5 January 2012. Smith said of the move: "In my eyes I've moved to a bigger club. I'm not going back to Tamworth. My time there has finished now."
In January 2012 his contract was cancelled by Tamworth and he joined Telford on a permanent basis. On 2 May 2013 he was let go by the club.
Statistics accurate as of match played 6 December 2011.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Southend United||Third Division||30||5||4||0||1||0||0||0||35||5|
|2005–06||Oxford United (loan)||League Two||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|2006–07||Notts County (loan)||League Two||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||1|
|2006–07||Notts County||League Two||14||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||3|
|2009–10||Eastwood Town||Conference North||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|2011–12||AFC Telford (loan)||Conference National||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|2011–12||AFC Telford||Conference National||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|2012–13||AFC Telford||Conference National||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- "Southend land Smith". BBC Sport. 21 November 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2002.
- "Oxford make quintet of signings". BBC Sport. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2006.
- "County snap up midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2006.
- "Smith secures Notts County switch". BBC Sport. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2007.
- "Pair agree to leave Meadow Lane". BBC Sport. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
- "Cox extends Jay Smith". EastwoodTownFC.co.uk. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "Trophy match postponed 'til Tuesday". TheLambs.co.uk. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- "New skipper Jay is relishing his role". ThisIsTamworth.co.uk. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- "AFC Telford United sign Tamworth duo and Steve Jones". BBC Sport. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "Telford loanee Jay Smith not planning Tamworth return". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Lambs Pair Make Permanent Bucks Move". Non League Daily. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
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