Tommy Smith (footballer, born 1990)
Smith in 2009
|Full name||Thomas Jefferson Smith|
|Date of birth||31 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Macclesfield, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Left back|
|North Shore United|
|2008||→ Stevenage Borough (loan)||15||(0)|
|2010||→ Brentford (loan)||8||(0)|
|2011||→ Colchester United (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 8 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:15, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" Smith (born 31 March 1990) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays for Ipswich Town. A graduate of the Ipswich academy, he is a left-sided defensive player, most adept at centre back or left back. He spent the second half of the 2007–08 season on loan at Stevenage in the Conference National before making his Ipswich debut in August 2008. He is currently Ipswich's longest serving player.
Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Smith is a product of the Ipswich Town academy and signed a three-year professional contract in August 2007. He was on the shortlist for the Wickes Young Apprentice Trophy, given to the best youth player in the Championship, but Mark Beevers won the award.
Loan to Stevenage
In February 2008, Smith joined Stevenage Borough in the Conference National on a one-month emergency loan. Later the loan was extended until the end of the season. He played 15 games for the club before returning to Ipswich.
Return to Ipswich
Smith's form for Stevenage led to him getting his opportunity in the Ipswich first team on the first day of the 2008–09 season. Ipswich went on to lose the game 2–1 to Preston North End.
That season, Smith broke his ankle in training, and missed the majority of the season. However, by the time he made his return to first team action, manager Jim Magilton had left the club and been replaced by Roy Keane. Smith featured heavily in Keane's early games as Ipswich manager, with the former Manchester United midfielder opting to give some of the club's younger talent – such as Connor Wickham and Smith – a chance to prove themselves.
However, injury stalled Smith's progress once again, when he suffered another training ground injury – this time to his hand. In his absence Gareth McAuley and Damien Delaney formed a solid defensive partnership ahead of deputising goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett. Smith was unable to force his way back into the first team in the short-term.
Loan to Brentford
On 7 January 2010, Smith joined Brentford on a temporary basis. In doing so, Smith replaced Pim Balkestein at Griffin Park, who had been on loan at the club from Ipswich too. Smith played eight games during his brief spell at Brentford, before being recalled by Ipswich on 15 March.
Return to Ipswich
Smith scored his first professional goal for Ipswich away against Middlesbrough in the first game of the 2010–11 Championship, which Ipswich won 3–1. After playing 11 games and scoring 1 goal during the 2011–12 season Smith signed a two-year contract extension in May 2012.
Loan to Colchester United
On 17 March 2011, Smith signed for Colchester United on loan for the rest of the 2010–11 season.
Born in England, Smith resided in New Zealand during his youth and as a result holds dual nationality. This gave him the opportunity to declare himself eligible for the New Zealand national football team ("All Whites"), though he has also represented England at U-17 and U-18 level. Smith played in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea during September 2007 despite not playing a part in England's qualification for the tournament.
In December 2009, after the New Zealand national football team had qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Smith declared that he wanted to play for New Zealand and made himself available for All Whites selection, having been offered the opportunity by the Kiwi's boss, Ricki Herbert. He made his full international debut on 3 March 2010, starting in a 2–0 friendly defeat to Mexico in Los Angeles, USA on 3 March 2010. Smith was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and made his first World Cup Finals appearance in New Zealand's opening game, a 1–1 draw against Slovakia. He also went on play every minute of New Zealand's World Cup campaign, which achieved a historic three points at the tournament.
Smith became the youngest captain in All Whites history after leading the team in a 2–2 draw versus El Salvador on 23 May 2012. On 2 June 2012, Smith scored his first goal for his country in 1–0 win versus Fiji in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. In May 2016, coach Anthony Hudson suggested Smith would not be called up for the national team in the future, citing a perceived lack of commitment.
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
Club career statistics
- As of matches played 2 January 2016. Includes League play-off appearances.
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Stevenage Borough (loan)||2007–08||Conference National||15||0||—||—||—||15||0|
|Brentford (loan)||2009–10||League One||8||0||—||—||—||8||0|
|Colchester United (loan)||2010–11||League One||6||0||—||—||—||6||0|
- "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 1 January 2010 and 31 January 2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2010.[dead link]
- Tommy signs up, Ipswich Town F.C..
- Wickes Young Apprentice Trophy 2008 Shortlist Announced[dead link]
- Tommy up for Award, Ipswich Town F.C..
- Sheffield Wednesday's Mark Beevers nets Wickes Young Apprentice of the Year Award, The Football League.
- Central defender joins Boro[dead link], Stevenage F.C..
- Tommy to join Stevenage, Ipswich Town F.C..
- Tommy Loan Extended, Ipswich Town F.C..
- BOROUGH RELEASE 5[dead link], Stevenage F.C..
- "Tommy back with Town". Ispwich Town F.C. official website. 15 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "All White Smith to stay at Ipswich". NZ Herald. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Tommy in England Squad, Ipswich Town F.C..
- Rattue, Chris (23 December 2009). "Soccer: Smith's switch major boost for All Whites". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- "All Whites team for Cup warm-up named". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- New Zealand 0 – 2 Mexico
- "All Whites World Cup squad named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- "New Zealand 1–1 Slovakia". BBC Sport. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "All Whites battle to draw with El Salvador". Stuff.co.nz. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "All Whites kick off World Cup campaign with a win". NZ Herald. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Tommy Smith won't be selected for All Whites going forward - Hudson". Stuff.co.nz. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Tommy Smith at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Games played by Tommy Smith in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2013.