Jonathan Smith (footballer, born 1986)
Smith in 2010
|Full name||Jonathan Peter Smith|
|Date of birth||17 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Preston, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2006||→ Fleetwood Town (loan)||16||(1)|
|2007||→ Bamber Bridge (loan)|
|2007–2010||Forest Green Rovers||107||(15)|
|2012||→ Luton Town (loan)||4||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:45, 14 May 2015 (UTC).
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.
Born in Preston, Lancashire, Smith began his career with Morecambe, having progressed through the club's the youth system. He made his first team debut in the Football League Trophy fixture against Grimsby Town on 18 October 2005, with Smith scoring Morecambe's final penalty kick in their victorious penalty shoot-out. 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. He stayed at the club until April 2006, having made 16 appearances and scored one goal.
Smith was loaned out to Northern Premier League First Division side Bamber Bridge in February 2007. 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.
Forest Green Rovers
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. 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. Smith made 134 appearances for Forest Green in all competitions.
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. 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 side Bolton Wanderers on 8 January 2011. He made 44 appearances for York in the 2010–11 season, in which he scored five goals.
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. Smith joined the Wiltshire club for an officially undisclosed fee of £30,000. He finished the 2011–12 season with 48 appearances and 3 goals, with 38 of those appearances coming in the league, as Swindon won the League Two title.
Return to York City
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. He made his second debut for York in their game away at League One Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup first round on 11 August 2012, which the side lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after extra time. 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.
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. He made his debut the following day in a 1–0 defeat at Hereford United. Smith scored his first goal for Luton in their 3–0 home win over Alfreton Town on 8 December 2012. 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. 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". 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. He made 28 appearances as a permanent player for Luton in the 2012–13 season, including in the club's 1–0 FA Cup win over Premier League side Norwich City.
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. However, a mistimed challenge from Jon Nurse in a 2–1 win over Barnet on 26 December 2013 saw Smith suffer a "horrific" bone fracture of both his right tibia and fibula. Luton won promotion to League Two with three games of the 2013–14 season remaining, 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.
In the 2014–15 season, Smith returned fully fit to Luton's starting line-up in mid-September 2014. His return coincided with an unbeaten league run that placed the club near the top of the table. Luton's form fell away in the final months of the season, resulting in the club finishing in eighth position, but Smith's influence on the campaign saw him awarded the Players' Player of the Year and Luton Town Website Player of the Year accolades. At the end of the season he signed a three-year contract extension with the club.
- As of match played 2 May 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Fleetwood Town (loan)||2005–06||NPL First Division||16||1||0||0||—||0||0||16||1|
|Forest Green Rovers||2007–08||Conference Premier||25||2||5||0||—||2[b]||0||32||2|
|York City||2010–11||Conference Premier||39||4||5||1||—||0||0||44||5|
|Swindon Town||2011–12||League Two||38||3||3||0||2||0||5[a]||0||48||3|
|York City||2012–13||League Two||12||0||0||0||1||0||1[a]||0||14||0|
|Luton Town (loan)||2012–13||Conference Premier||4||1||1||0||—||1[b]||0||6||1|
|Luton Town||2012–13||Conference Premier||24||0||3||0||—||1[b]||0||28||0|
- Swindon Town
- Luton Town
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- "Games played by Jonathan Smith in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "York City re-sign Jonathan Smith from Swindon". BBC Sport. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Games played by Jonathan Smith in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "York 1–3 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Jonathan Smith: Luton Town sign York City midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "J. Smith". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "York City recall Jonathan Smith from Luton Town loan spell". The Press (York). 11 December 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "Smith hoping for a permanent Luton move". Luton Today. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "Jonathan Smith: Luton Town sign York City man permanently". BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Updated: Still confirms Smith has broken his tibia and fibula as he's set to have it 'plated and pinned'". Luton Today. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "Hyde 0-1 Luton". BBC Sport. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Doyle and Smith the big winners at awards night". Dunstable Today. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
- "Jonathan Smith: Luton Town midfielder signs new contract". BBC Sport. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
- Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2007). Non-League Club Directory 2008. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 184–185. ISBN 978-1-869833-57-2.
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