Matt Smith (footballer, born 1982)
Smith after winning the Grand Final with Brisbane Roar in 2012
|Full name||Matthew Terence Smith|
|Date of birth||14 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Chichester, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|UWE Hartpury University, Gloucestershire|
|2005||Chichester City United||18||(5)|
|2009–2010||→ North Queensland Fury (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 September 2016.
Matthew Terence "Matt" Smith (born 14 October 1982) is an English-born Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Bangkok Glass in the Thai League T1. Born in England, Smith emigrated to Australia where he started his professional football career with North Queensland Fury during the 2009/10 A-League season and then signed a two-year contract with Brisbane Roar at the start of the A-League 2010/11 season. He has played for the Australian national team.
Born in Chichester, England, Smith started his career playing University football in England, where he represented several different Universities before being signed by Championship club Portsmouth. Smith moved to Australia for one year in 2004 and returned in 2006, during which time he attended Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and completed his master's degree in Sports Management. He also captained the Hartpury senior side to the BUSA National Championship in 2007. He moved to Australia and played for Palm Beach before moving to Brisbane Strikers. He was signed on an injury replacement loan at North Queensland Fury to replace Scottish defender Scott Wilson.
On 16 April 2010 it was announced that Smith joined the Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal after his contract with North Queensland expired due to ownership changes. On 6 September 2011, the Roar announced that Smith would replace departed midfielder Matt McKay as captain of the club. On 10 September 2012, Smith signed a new 3-year contract at the Roar, extending his stay until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Smith married Aicha Bendjelloul, a Muslim Algerian woman on May 17 in a civil ceremony in Brisbane, Australia. They then celebrated with family and friends by hosting a party on the Thai island of Koh Samui.
Together, they have 3 children Iyla, Ava and Owen. Smith is qualified with a BA Degree in Marketing and Leisure Management and a Masters in Sports Management from Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.
All including Brisbane Roar:
- A-League Premiership: 2010–11, 2013–14
- A-League Championship: 2011, 2012, 2014
- A-League PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11, 2013–14
- Queensland State League Premiers 2009
- Great Britain: World University Games 2007: Bangkok
- BUSA Champions UWE Hartpury 2007
- As of 24 October 2014
|North Queensland Fury||2009–10||11||0||–||–||–||–||11||0|
1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)
- Dasey, Jason. "Former Brisbane Roar defender Matt Smith extends Bangkok Glass stay". ESPN FC. ESPN. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Matt Smith signs with North Queensland Fury
- Brisbane secures Matt Smith
- Smith to lead the Roar
- "Captain Matt Smith to leave A-League champions Brisbane Roar". ESPN.com. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.