Jonathan Smith (footballer, born 1986)

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Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith 07-08-2010 1.jpg
Smith training with York City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Peter Smith[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-17) 17 October 1986 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Preston, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2005 Morecambe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Morecambe 0 (0)
2006 Fleetwood Town (loan) 16 (1)
2007 Bamber Bridge (loan)
2007–2010 Forest Green Rovers 107 (15)
2010–2011 York City 39 (4)
2011–2012 Swindon Town 38 (3)
2012–2013 York City 12 (0)
2012 Luton Town (loan) 4 (1)
2013– Luton Town 140 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:07, 25 February 2017 (UTC).

Jonathan Peter Smith (born 17 October 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Luton Town.

Smith started his career with Morecambe, who loaned him out to Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge. Having appeared twice for Morecambe he was released in 2007 and subsequently signed for Forest Green Rovers. After three years with Forest Green he signed for York City in 2010, but departed after a year to join Swindon Town. With them he won the League Two title in the 2011–12 season, but was transfer listed following their promotion and returned to York in 2012. He signed for Luton Town later that year, initially on loan, before signing permanently in 2013.

Career[edit]

Morecambe[edit]

Born in Preston, Lancashire, Smith began his career with Morecambe, having progressed through the club's youth system.[3] He made his first-team debut in the Football League Trophy fixture against Grimsby Town on 18 October 2005,[4] with Smith scoring Morecambe's final penalty kick in their victorious penalty shoot-out.[5] He joined Northern Premier League First Division outfit Fleetwood Town on loan in January 2006 and made his debut in a 2–0 victory at home to Belper Town on 28 January.[6] He stayed at the club until April 2006,[7] having made 16 appearances and scored one goal.[8]

Smith was loaned out to Northern Premier League First Division club Bamber Bridge in February 2007.[9] On 31 May 2007, following Morecambe's promotion to League Two, Smith was released by Sammy McIlroy alongside fellow Morecambe teammates Danny Meadowcroft and Thomas Pickersgill.[10]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

Smith playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2010

Smith completed his free transfer move to Conference Premier club Forest Green Rovers on 3 July 2007 and became an influential member of the squad during his three-year stay at the Gloucestershire club.[11][12] He was a part of the side that made it to the FA Cup third round during the 2008–09 season and scored in Forest Green's 4–3 loss to Derby County on 3 January 2009.[13] Smith made 134 appearances for Forest Green in all competitions.[13][14][15]

York City[edit]

Smith left Forest Green Rovers after signing for Conference Premier rivals York City on a free transfer for a small compensation fee on 6 July 2010.[16][17] Like his career at Forest Green, Smith also helped York to a credible FA Cup run, playing in their five games before being eliminated in the third round by Premier League club Bolton Wanderers on 8 January 2011.[18] He made 44 appearances for York in 2010–11, in which he scored five goals.[18]

Swindon Town[edit]

On 21 June 2011, Smith joined League Two club Swindon Town on a two-year contract to become manager Paolo Di Canio's second summer signing.[19] Smith joined the Wiltshire club for an officially undisclosed fee of £30,000.[19][20] He finished 2011–12 with 48 appearances and three goals, with 38 of those appearances coming in the league,[21] as Swindon won the League Two title.[22]

Return to York City[edit]

Having been transfer listed by Swindon at the end of the season, Smith returned to York City after signing for the newly promoted League Two side on a two-year contract on 21 July 2012.[23] He made his second debut for York in their game away at League One club Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup first round on 11 August 2012, which they lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after extra time.[24] He then played in York's first Football League fixture since their promotion, a 3–1 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers on 18 August 2012.[25]

Luton Town[edit]

On 5 November 2012, Smith was loaned out to Conference Premier club Luton Town until 5 January 2012, having played in 13 games for York in 2012–13.[26] He made his debut the following day in a 1–0 defeat at Hereford United.[27] Smith scored his first goal for Luton with a header in their 3–0 home win over Alfreton Town on 8 December 2012.[27][28] This proved to be his final appearance in his loan spell for Luton, as he was recalled by York on 11 December 2012, having scored once in six appearances for the Bedfordshire team.[29] Smith was disappointed at the recall, having previously expressed his desire to stay at Luton and experience "playing in front of a big crowd every week".[30] On 29 December 2012, it was confirmed that Smith would make a permanent move to Luton on 1 January 2013, signing a one-and-a-half-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee of £50,000.[31] He made 28 appearances as a permanent player for Luton in 2012–13,[27] including in the club's 1–0 FA Cup win over Premier League club Norwich City.[32]

Smith became a constant presence in central midfield during the first half of Luton's 2013–14 season, which helped to propel the club into second place in the table.[33] However, a mistimed challenge from Jon Nurse in a 2–1 win over Barnet on 26 December 2013 saw Smith suffer a "horrific"[34] bone fracture of both his right tibia and fibula.[34] Luton won promotion to League Two with three games of 2013–14 remaining,[35] and Smith came on as a late substitute four months to the day after his injury in a 1–0 victory over Hyde on the last day of the campaign.[36]

In 2014–15, Smith returned fully fit to Luton's starting lineup in a 1–0 home win over Cheltenham Town on 13 September 2014.[37] His return coincided with an 11-match unbeaten league run that placed the club at the top of the table.[38] Luton's form fell away in the final months of the season, winning only three times in their last 13 matches, resulting in the club finishing in eighth position.[39] However, Smith's influence on the campaign saw him awarded the Players' Player of the Year and Luton Town Website Player of the Year accolades.[40] At the end of the season he signed a three-year contract extension with the club.[41]

Smith scored Luton's first goal of 2015–16 on 8 August 2015, deflecting in a Craig Mackail-Smith shot to earn the club a 1–1 draw with Accrington Stanley.[42] He scored twice during a run of four consecutive league wins from late September to early October,[43] having also scored during a 3–2 away defeat to Notts County prior to this.[44] However, Luton's inconsistent form throughout the season resulted in the club finishing in 11th position.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

Smith playing for York City in 2010
As of match played 25 February 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Morecambe 2005–06[4] Conference National 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
2006–07[46] Conference National 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2005–06[8] NPL First Division 16 1 16 1
Forest Green Rovers 2007–08[14] Conference Premier 25 2 5 0 2[b] 0 32 2
2008–09[13] Conference Premier 42 6 5 2 9[c] 0 56 8
2009–10[15] Conference Premier 40 7 5 1 1[b] 0 46 8
Total 107 15 15 3 12 0 134 18
York City 2010–11[18] Conference Premier 39 4 5 1 0 0 44 5
Swindon Town 2011–12[21] League Two 38 3 3 0 2 0 5[a] 0 48 3
York City 2012–13[24] League Two 12 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 14 0
Luton Town 2012–13[27] Conference Premier 28 1 4 0 2[b] 0 34 1
2013–14[27] Conference Premier 24 2 2 0 0 0 26 2
2014–15[47] League Two 35 2 4 0 0 0 1[a] 0 40 2
2015–16[43] League Two 37 4 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 41 4
2016–17[48] League Two 20 1 2 0 2 0 6[d] 1 30 2
Total 144 10 14 0 3 0 10 1 171 11
Career total 356 33 38 4 6 0 29 1 429 38
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Five appearances in Conference League Cup, four in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Swindon Town

Luton Town

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 541. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
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  5. ^ "Grimsby Town 1–1 Morecambe". Grimsby Town F.C. 18 October 2005. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fleetwood Town 2 Belper Town 0". Fleetwood Town F.C. 28 January 2006. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
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  39. ^ "Luton Town 2–0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  40. ^ Simmonds, Mike (28 April 2015). "Doyle and Smith the big winners at awards night". Luton Today. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  41. ^ "Jonathan Smith: Luton Town midfielder signs new contract". BBC Sport. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  42. ^ "Accrington Stanley 1–1 Luton Town". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  43. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Smith in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  44. ^ "Notts County 3–2 Luton Town". BBC Sport. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  45. ^ "Luton Town 4–1 Exeter City". BBC Sport. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
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  48. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Smith in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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