Sue Smith (footballer)
Smith in July 2009
|Full name||Susan Jane Smith|
|Date of birth||24 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Prescot, England|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Winger, Forward|
|Doncaster Rovers Belles|
|2011–2017||Doncaster Rovers Belles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:08, 6 March 2012 (UTC)
Smith played for Tranmere Rovers since she was a teenager, but after years of fielding several offers from top clubs around the country, she signed on for Leeds United (known as Leeds Carnegie from 2008 until 2010) in the summer of 2002.
Following the failure of Leeds' bid to join the FA WSL, Smith signed for Lincoln Ladies in August 2010. In December 2011 Smith joined Doncaster Rovers Belles, who had tried to sign her on two previous occasions. Belles manager John Buckley described the capture of Smith as "a tremendous coup for the club". Smith scored on her Belles debut in a 2–1 FA Women's Cup win at Barnet, but was later carried off with damaged cruciate and medial ligaments. When she was subsequently ruled out for at least nine months, Buckley rued "a disaster for Sue and a disaster for the club."
After some injuries she left Doncaster before the 2017 season. She never announced her retirement from football, but has not played since the end of the 2016 season.
Smith made her England debut as a 17–year–old substitute in February 1997, scoring in a 6–4 friendly defeat to Germany at Deepdale in Preston. One of her brightest England moments was scoring a hat-trick of tremendous goals in a home friendly against Spain in March 2001.
She made her domestic comeback at the start of the 2002–03 season after suffering a broken leg and torn ligament damage after a training ground accident in February, and after featuring in the series of friendlies in the build-up to Euro 2005, narrowly missed selection in the final 20.
In May 2009, Smith was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association. In June 2011 she was surprisingly left out of England's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
- FA Players' Player of the Year Award: 1
- FA International Player of the Year Award: 2
- 1998–99, 2000–01
In 2000, Smith and her Tranmere team-mates featured in a television advert for Daz washing powder alongside Julian Clary. Smith was later a regular contributor to the Yorkshire Evening Post's women's football section, and also offered her views and commentary skills for BBC sport, most recently Smith appeared alongside Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in his three-part Sky1 show 'Street Striker'.
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- Small Talk: Sue Smith The Guardian, 28 April 2006
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