Paul Smyth (footballer)

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Paul Smyth
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Smyth in action for Queens Park Rangers in 2018.
Personal information
Full name Paul Patrick Smyth[1]
Date of birth (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Leyton Orient
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2015 Linfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Linfield 52 (14)
2017–2021 Queens Park Rangers 19 (2)
2019Accrington Stanley (loan) 15 (3)
2019–2020Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 19 (1)
2020–2021Charlton Athletic (loan) 14 (1)
2021Accrington Stanley (loan) 21 (3)
2021– Leyton Orient 0 (0)
National team
2016 Northern Ireland U19 3 (0)
2016–2018 Northern Ireland U21 13 (1)
2018– Northern Ireland 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:40, 25 June 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:55, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

Paul Patrick Smyth (born 10 September 1997) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Leyton Orient.

Club career[edit]

Linfield[edit]

Smyth broke into the Linfield first team as an 18-year-old in 2015, making his NIFL Premiership debut in a 2-1 defeat to Cliftonville on 14 November 2015.[3] In the 2016-17 season he helped the club lift a treble of trophies; the NIFL Premiership, the Irish Cup, and the County Antrim Shield, while picking up a host of individual awards including the Ulster Young Player of the Year 2016/17.[4]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 29 August 2017, Smyth joined QPR for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract.[5]

On 1 January 2018, Smyth made his QPR, EFL Championship and professional debut against Cardiff City, scoring the winning goal in the 72nd minute.[6] He would go onto win the Supporters Young Player of the Year, after an impressive first few months in the first team.[7]

On 20 May 2021, Smyth was released by QPR at the expiry of his contract.[8]

Wycombe Wanderers (loan)[edit]

Following a loan spell on loan at Accrington Stanley, Smyth joined Wycombe Wanderers on a season-long loan.[9]

Charlton Athletic (loan)[edit]

On 16 October 2020, Smyth joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.[10] He scored his first goal for Charlton in a 4-2 defeat to Burton Albion on 24 November 2020.[11]

Accrington Stanley (loan)[edit]

On 28 January 2021, Smyth joined Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the season, returning to the club he had previously spent time on loan with two seasons before.[12]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Upon his contract expiry, Leyton Orient announced that they signed Smyth on 25 June 2021.[13]

International career[edit]

Having played for Northern Ireland U21 on 22 March 2018, Smyth was called into the senior Northern Ireland squad for the friendly with South Korea on 24 March 2018.[14] He made his debut as an 82nd minute substitute and scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory three minutes later.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 27 April 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Linfield 2015–16[16] NIFL Premiership 19 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 24 5
2016–17[17] NIFL Premiership 29 8 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 34 8
2017–18 NIFL Premiership 4 1 0 0 0 0 5[b] 1 9 2
Linfield total 52 14 8 0 0 0 7 1 67 15
Queens Park Rangers 2017–18[18] Championship 13 2 1 0 0 0 14 2
2018–19[19] Championship 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2019–20[20] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020–21[21] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Queens Park Rangers total 19 2 1 0 3 0 23 2
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2018–19[22] League One 15 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2019–20[23] League One 19 1 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 21 1
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2020–21[24] League One 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2020–21[25] League One 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
Loan total 69 8 2 0 0 0 1 0 72 8
Leyton Orient 2021-22 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 140 24 10 0 3 0 8 1 162 25
  1. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance and one goal in NIFL Charity Shield
  3. ^ One appearance in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 3 June 2021
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2018 2 1
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 1 0
Total 3 1

International goals[edit]

As of match played 24 March 2018. Northern Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Smyth goal.[26]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 March 2018 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1  South Korea 2–1 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Linfield[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CLUB LIST OF REGISTERED PLAYERS" (PDF). EFL. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Paul Smyth". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Interview: Paul Smyth programme article". The Official Website of Linfield FC. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Latest News: Paul Smyth - Linfield career stats". The Official Website of Linfield FC. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ "QPR complete deal for Northern Ireland youngster". QPR FC. 29 July 2017. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ "MATCH REPORT: QPR 2, Cardiff City 1". BBC. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "New deal for Carroll as Smyth is among six released by QPR". West London Sport. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  9. ^ https://www.qpr.co.uk/news/club-news/paul-smyth-joins-wycombe-wanderers-on-loan/[bare URL]
  10. ^ "DONE DEAL: Paul Smyth signs on loan from Queens Park Rangers". Charlton Athletic. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Burton 4-2 Charlton". BBC. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  12. ^ "SIGNING: Smyth rejoins on loan". www.accringtonstanley.co.uk. 28 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Leyton Orient sign Paul Smyth". bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ Beacom, Steven (23 March 2018). "It's a night of heartache and joy for Paul Smyth as he gets ready for senior debut". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ Jurejko, Jonathan Jurejko (24 March 2018). "Smyth scores winner seconds into NI debut". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Linfield FC statistics 2015/16" (PDF). Linfield FC official website. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Linfield FC statistics 2016/17" (PDF). Linfield FC official website. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Games played by Paul Smyth in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  26. ^ "Smyth, Paul". National Football Teams. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Linfield crowned Premiership champions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  28. ^ "Irish Cup Final: Linfield 3 Coleraine 0 - Rampant Andy Waterworth seals win with hat-trick". belfasttelegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  29. ^ "Crusaders 1-3 Linfield: David Healy banishes County Antrim Shield blues". belfasttelegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  30. ^ "CHARITY SHIELD: Linfield see off Coleraine at the Oval". www.newsletter.co.uk. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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