Alan Smith
Footballer
Alan Smith
Alan Smith is an English footballer who is currently without a club after being released by Newcastle United on 30 May 2012. He has also represented the England national football team, winning 19 caps.
Biography
Alan Smith's personal information overview.
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Alan Smith, One-on-One: The greatest club manager ever wanted me... how could I turn Man Utd down?
Yahoo News - 5 months
Why didnt Leeds win anything? Was Sven wrong not to take him to the World Cup in 2002? What did he make of Keanos MUTV rant? And is he still a BMX bandit? Your questions were answered...
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'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood 'plotted to change Tulisa evidence' - BBC News
Google News - 5 months
BBC News 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood 'plotted to change Tulisa evidence' BBC News Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood plotted to change a witness statement in a case against pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos, the Old Bailey has heard. The reporter known as the Fake Sheikh and his driver Alan Smith both deny conspiring together, ... 'Fake Sheikh' had vested interest in Tulisa prosecution, court toldThe Guardian Tulisa left 'hyper drunk' after a meeting with undercover reporter the 'Fake Sheikh', a court hearsMirror.co.uk 'Fake Sheikh' reporter 'tampered with evidence in Tulisa drugs trial'Evening Standard Daily Mail -Financial Times -Croydon Advertiser -Newmarket Journal all 22 news articles »
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FIFA 14 Next-Gen Review: Our Verdict On EA's Latest Football Game
Huffington Post - about 3 years
FIFA 14 is EA's latest instalment in the titanic series of football simulations. It's out on Xbox One and PS4 at launch. The Pitch: "With 'Pure Shot', players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net." New Features: 'Pure shot' gives players more control over positioning when attacking Precision movement system with new pivots, cuts and movement options 'Real ball physics' Ultimate Team + exclusive 'legends' mode on Xbox 360 Co-op seasons Global transfer network Refreshed graphics, teams, players Verdict: Next Gen Update: The below review stands for FIFA 14 - as you'd expect it's an improved, tightened game of digital footy, with a few remaining niggles and an arguable layer of dust that someone, someday, will blow away in an instant. Maybe. But on the next-gen consoles, it really is visually quite beautiful. The animations are ridiculously smooth and varieed, and the game a ...
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Who is your Leeds RL’s greatest ever winger?
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 years
SOME of the world’s great wingmen have played rugby league for Leeds, but who were the club’s best ever? More than 70 years after his last game for Leeds, Australian Eric Harris still holds a number of club records which may never be broken. Known as the Toowoomba Ghost, Harris made his debut for Leeds against Featherstone Rovers in September 1930 and left on the eve of war almost exactly nine years later – his career coinciding with that of another candidate as one of the great wingers, Stan Smith. During his time in blue and amber Harris scored an astonishing 392 tries in just 383 games – 51 more than his closest rival. His golden season was 1935-36 when he touched down a club best 63 times in 49 appearances and was a try scorer in 17 consecutive matches, still a world record. Harris actually occupies the first four spots on a Leeds table of most tries in a season, five out of the top six and six of the leading eight. The other notable record held by Harris is most tries in a l ...
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Season of Sharing donor list
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Season of Sharing donor list Larry Agius, in memory of Victoria Garrett Agius; Bruce Ahlbom; Rich Auger & Mary Radu; Charles Zetta Baker, $100; Allan & Marilyn Bernstein; Helen Betts; Gerard & Lilly Bourguignon, $100, in memory of Gerard & Mary Bourguignon; Rita Brenner; Gene & Mina Burk, $500; Jeanne Smith Cain, $250, in memory of Clayton A. Smith, father; Susanne Campbell, $100, in memory of Randy & Kurt; Charles & Yvonne Cannon, $50, in memory of Sydney Cannon Frank; Cayson Designs, in memory of Eddie Cayson; Varma Chanderraju, $100; S. Chao & H. Wong; John Chisholm, $100; Jan Corder, in memory of Donald M. Gilbeau; Rubette Cowan; John G Elliott; Dale Ellis, $50, in memory of Herb & Buell Ellis; Rick Felsing & Harriet Stewart, $100; James & Jessica Fleming, $1,000; Jack Frost, $250, in memory of Kate Frost; Victoria Galland, $100; Russell, Margaret and Perry Garvin; Laura & Matt Griffis, in memory of Phyllis Melen ...
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Padiham look to improve Arbories
Burnley Express - over 4 years
WITH the Storks enjoying their best ever start to a NWC Premier Division campaign, Padiham Football Club has to prepare for the possibility of gaining promotion to the Evo-Stik First Division North. Any club wanting the opportunity to secure a jump up to step four in the non-league structure has to formerly apply to the Football Association by the end of November and have been given an ‘E’ ground grading by the FA. The Arbories Memorial Sports Ground currently has a grading one below the required level. Padiham FC secretary Alan Smith said: “I can confirm Padiham will be sending an application for promotion to the next level of football in the non-league pyramid by the end of the week and we have already started to look at what ground improvements can be put in place by March 31st, 2013, to be even considered. As is the case this will be an expensive improvement package that the club will have to put in place but one we will have to find the finance for if we are to make progress as ...
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Smith sparks Dons fightback against Pompey
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
Karl Robinson admitted his team delivered a first-half horror show which left him shaking against Pompey. MK Dons were ripped apart early on by Michael Appleton’s side and found themselves two goals down in 20 minutes. It could easily have been worse, too, with Brian Howard missing a penalty and the Blues carving out a host of other chances. The home side pulled it back to claim a point but Robinson explained he was left fuming by what he saw. Robinson said: ‘We started horrifically. ‘We spoke before the game about our defence not being so offensive because we knew they would want to run in between us and that’s the disappointing thing – the penalty and the chances came from them doing that. ‘I was shaking at half-time I was so emotional, I had to get away. ‘I’m not ashamed to say it affects me because I care for this football club and I care for the players and I know they are better than that. ‘Mick (Harford) had a go at them, so all I said was to show me how much the badge ...
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Bognor Regis Observer article
Pompey let slip lead but bag point at Dons
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
Pompey had to settle for a point at MK Dons as they sacrificed a two-goal lead today in a 2-2 draw. A dominant first-half display saw the Blues go two up and have chances to bury Karl Robinson’s side. Brian Howard again missed a penalty before Izale McLeod opened the scoring. Gabor Gyepes’ third goal in successive games doubled the advantage before Adam Webster scored an own goal before the break, The home side dominated after the interval and levelled through Darren Potter with 18 minutes left to earn a share of the spoils. The first-half proved a frenetic affair with McLeod winning a penalty after four minutes, when David Martin pulled him down - but Howard’s spot-kick came back off the post. McLeod made the breakthrough less than a minute later, though, as he delivered a smart finish from an angle after being freed by Gyepes. Pompey should have had a second spot-kick wheh Antony Kay pulled down Wes Thomas, but ref David Coote waved play on. Gyepes made it 2-0, though, after ...
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Abbas Ali Khan gives ‘Man Kunto Maula’ a go
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Abbas Ali Khan needs no introduction. Although he disappears from the music scene quite frequently, whenever he returns he makes sure the wait for his fans was worth it by delivering a completely unique spin to his music. His style stands out — a little unorthodox yet simple and easy to interpret. Khan speaks to The Express Tribune about his latest track, a pop-rock rendition of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s mesmerising kalam “Man Kunto Maula” from his unreleased album, the “Sufi Synthesis Project.” “This is a very contemporary version of ‘Man Kunto Maula’. I used the original tune but added some new parts as well which I composed myself,” said Khan. “But I request people to not compare it with Abida jee and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s renditions as their versions are different. This kalam has been sung in various styles [mostly qawali] over the past 800 years.” Many artists have sung their versions of this qawali, including maestros such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Kha ...
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Leeds United: Whites to host Oxford United in Capital One Cup second round
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Leeds United were today drawn against Oxford United at home in the second round of the Capital One Cup. The Whites were among 25 seeded clubs in the draw which was made by Alex McLeish and Alan Smith. Second round games will be played week beginning August 27. Seven clubs - Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Chelsea, and Liverpool - will enter the competition at the third round stage. Have you downloaded our free YEP football app available on Android and iphone? {https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.johnston.yorkshireeveningpost&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmpvaG5zdG9uLnlvcmtzaGlyZWV2ZW5pbmdwb3N0Il0.|CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ANDROID VERSION OF THE YEP’S FREE FOOTBALL APP|Click here to download the Android version of the YEP’s free football app} {http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yep-football-app/id524992571?ls=1&mt=8|CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE iPHONE VERSION OF THE YEP’S FREE FOOTBALL ...
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Padiham are up and running
Burnley Express - over 4 years
PADIHAM were very much the dominant force in their opening pre-season friendly against West Lancashire Football League Premier Division side Longridge Town on Friday night, winning 5-1. A hat-trick from Joe Garvin (pictured) between the 11th and 14th minute of the first half put the Storks 3-0 up, with Ted Cockett adding a fourth goal in the 24th minute to give Padiham a 4-0 interval lead. A slight change at half-time kept things lively with Padiham adding a fifth goal on 50 minutes through Steve Cunningham. The home side pulled one back 20 minutes from time when Lewis Wilkes scored from a deflected free kick. Padiham take a side to play another West Lancashire Football League Premier Division Side tomorrow night when they play Coppull United, who beat Nelson 3-1 on Saturday. Kick off is at 7-15 p.m. On Thursday night Padiham are in action again when they travel to West Lancashire Football League side Lostock St Gerard’s to play in a game brought forward from Saturday. Kick-of ...
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Ex-Leeds United striker Alan Smith agrees MK Dons terms
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Former Leeds United striker Alan Smith has agreed to join MK Dons on a permanent deal. Smith, who finished last season on loan at the npower League One club, will complete a switch to stadiummk on a two-year contract later today following his release by Newcastle. MK Dons said in a statement: “The former Manchester United and England star was a huge hit with the fans during his loan period with the club last season and always expressed his desire to stay at stadiummk. “After battling against a number of other clubs for Smith’s signature, Karl Robinson will be delighted at sealing the permanent signing of his number one summer target.” The 31-year-old made a surprise move to the Dons from Newcastle in January and went on to make 18 appearances for Karl Robinson’s side. Rothwell-born Smith made a name for himself with the Whites as an 18-year-old, scoring on his debut against Liverpool in 1998. Smith’s six-year spell at Leeds saw him score 56 goals in 228 appearances and he was par ...
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Leeds United: Vote for your game of the Noughties
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Vote for your favourite Leeds United game of the Noughties. Five games to choose from - vote on the right hand side of this page. What are your memories watching Leeds United during the Noughties? Please register to post your comments at the bottom of the page. {http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/register?referrer=http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk|Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you|Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you} Leeds United’s unlikely appearance in the semi-finals of the Champions League was a badge of honour and an albatross; a laudable achievement against which all subsequent crises are neatly compared. It was the best of times under chairman Peter Ridsdale but a false dawn for a club who have suffered ever since. Last month marked the 11th anniversary of United’s defeat to Valencia and the story of the inbetween years is one of relegati ...
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Top Five Stories of the Week: May 6 to 12
Newtown Patch - almost 5 years
  Here's our countdown of the top stories that made headlines this week in Newtown: 5. Patch Picks Mother’s Day Contest Winner: Congratulations to Lauren, the winner of our Mother’s Day Contest and $500. Patch created the contest as a way to allow users an outlet to talk about their moms and have a chance to win some money.  4. Movies in the Park to Return in June: Movies in the Park, the popular outdoor film series, will be back this year.  According to organizers, the evening movies will be screened at Linton Memorial Park Wednesdays starting June 20. 3. Food Fighters Will Walk at Graduation: Six senior students who were cited by Newtown Township police for their involvement in a food fight at Council Rock North will participate in the school's graduation ceremonies, school officials said. 2. Thousands Turn Out for Welcome Day: Thousands of people from all over Bucks County turned out for Newtown's annual Welcome Day, which featured a variety of entertainment, giveawa ...
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Linby smash six to warm up for cup final
Dispatch - almost 5 years
SIX-hit LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE enjoyed the perfect preparation for their big upcoming Notts Senior League, Senior Cup final against champions Bulwell. For they rounded off their Senior Division campaign with a 6-1 dismantling of Selston to make it eight games without defeat. They could yet cling on to third spot, although Awsworth Villa are only a point behind with a game still to play. Lively Linby led from the fourth minute when a cross by left-back Jonathan Dakers was turned into the bottom corner by top scorer Matt Murphy. The rest of the first half was scrappy and disjointed but the locals were woken up five minutes into the second when Selston equalised with a one-on-one from Alan Smith that looked suspiciously offside. Baz Payne restored the advantage immediately with a volley into the roof of the net to finish a wonderful sweeping move, and on 56, Simon Marlow beat his man to plant a lovely shot in the corner. Six minutes later, substitute Aaron Ryan pounced when the ‘keep ...
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Match report: MK Dons 0 Walsall 1
Milton Keynes Citizen - almost 5 years
DONS will face a Tuesday night play-off decider in Huddersfield after they fell to a lacklustre 1-0 home defeat to Walsall on Saturday. Emanuel Ledesma pounced on Tom Flanagan’s 19th minute slip to curl the ball round David Martin to put the visitors in front as Dons failed to register a shot on target. With Huddersfield winning 2-0 against Yeovil, they leapfrogged Dons into fourth place, securing the vital advantage of the second leg at home. Karl Robinson made five changes to the team that overcame Rochdale last week, though most notably was the absence of Gary MacKenzie who didn’t even feature on the bench. Walking out onto the stadium:mk pitch, players and staff from both teams formed a guard of honour for Dons assistant manager John Gorman, who announced his retirement from football last week after more than 40 years in the game. He was accompanied onto the pitch with his two grandchildren. Walsall barely touched the ball in the opening 10 minutes as Dons put on a master-clas ...
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Advantage Dons in fight for fourth
Milton Keynes Citizen - almost 5 years
DONS moved two points clear in the race for fourth place as they cruised past Rochdale 2-1 at Spotland on Saturday. Goals from Jay O’Shea and Dean Bowditch added another nail to already-relegated Rochdale’s coffin, though the home side did pull one back late in the day when Jean Louis Akpa Akpro hit a consolation. And while Dons extended their winning streak to four games, play-off opponents Huddersfield Town could only manage a 1-1 draw with Walsall who almost certainly secured their League 1 future with the result. Karl Robinson’s men now take on the Saddlers in the final game of the season at stadium:mk on Saturday and goal-scorer Bowditch says they won’t be taking their foot off the gas ahead of the play-offs. “We want to go into the Walsall game flying and with confidence because we know they are massive games against Huddersfield,” he said. “We know if we can win convincingly against Walsall, our confidence will be sky high, but we won’t be taking the game lightly. “I do ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 31
    He was released by Newcastle United on 1 June 2012.
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    On 31 May 2012, it was reported that MK Dons manager Karl Robinson had opened talks with Smith's representatives over a permanent move to stadium:mk.
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    On 15 May 2012 he came on as a substitute for MK Dons in the league one play-off semi-final against Huddersfield Town scoring with a diving header in injury time.
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    On 23 February 2012, Smith completed his first full 90 minutes for The Dons in the 2–1 win against Bury.
    More Details Hide Details The winning goal of the game came as a result of a penalty which Smith won just before half-time, after he was fouled by Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford before Dean Bowditch duly converted the spot-kick. On 21 April, he scored his first goal in five years, in a 1–0 win against Sheffield United.
    He made his first start for the club on 4 February 2012, playing 66 minutes of the 1–1 draw against Huddersfield Town, before being replaced by Jabo Ibehre.
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    His first appearance was as a 50th minute substitute for Adam Chicksen on 31 January 2012 in a League 1 game against Sheffield Wednesday.
    More Details Hide Details The game ended as a 1–1 draw.
    On 29 January 2012, Smith joined Milton Keynes Dons on loan until the end of the season.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    On 8 June 2011, Leeds United chairman Ken Bates revealed that he was not ruling out a move to acquire Smith subject to his wage demands and fitness.
    More Details Hide Details After being made available for transfer, Smith was linked with a move to his former club Leeds United with Leeds manager Simon Grayson confirming his interest in the player.
    On 7 June 2011, Smith was notified by the Newcastle management that his services would no longer be required, and he was free to leave the club.
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    Alan Smith served a lot of bench duty with Cheick Tioté cementing his place as the inform defensive midfielder. Smith saw a return to action in Newcastle's 3–1 cup defeat to Stevenage on 8 January 2011.
    More Details Hide Details With Tioté suspended for three games following his sending off in the same game, Smith started in Newcastle's 1–1 derby draw with Sunderland, but came off after half an hour with an injured ankle. It was later confirmed it would rule Smith out for the rest of the season. After returning to full training in April, it was reported by assistant manager John Carver that he would be in contention to start Newcastle's penultimate fixture to Chelsea with the club likely to rest Cheick Tioté to save him from a 3 match ban.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 28
    Smith was made vice-captain for the 2009–10 season, but captained the team in almost every game due to Chris Hughton's preference of Smith to first choice captain Nicky Butt.
    More Details Hide Details Smith has been a regular feature, but in a much deeper role acting as a central defensive midfielder. Despite playing regularly as a deep lying midfielder, he lost his place after the January transfer window with the arrival of Wayne Routledge and Danny Guthrie's excellent form in central midfield. To allow two strikers up front in the form of Peter Løvenkrands and Andy Carroll for more games, Smith was dropped to accommodate. Newcastle won promotion to the Premier League. Smith started Newcastle's first four Premier League games due to the injury of Danny Guthrie, Smith partnered Joey Barton for the 3–0 loss to former club Manchester United, the 6–0 victory over Aston Villa, the 1–1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and the 2–0 loss to Blackpool. He lost his place to new signing Cheick Tioté and the arrival of Hatem Ben Arfa. Smith was given time in the Football League Cup, where Chris Hughton gave young players and fringe players such as himself, Ryan Taylor and Peter Løvenkrands a chance.
    In the summer of 2009, Smith played against his former club Leeds United in a pre season friendly at St James Park, the match was the first time he had played against Leeds since leaving the club for bitter rivals Manchester United, his every touch was booed throughout the game by Leeds fans and he was heavily booed when he was substituted.
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    His progress next season was hampered by stress fracture of the ankle sustained in the preseason, meaning it took until February 2009 before he played in a competitive fixture by coming on as a substitute against Everton.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the comeback, Smith was relegated for the second time in his career as Newcastle lost by a single goal to Aston Villa. Again, he finished the season without a goal.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    On 2 August 2007, Newcastle United confirmed they had agreed a fee with Manchester United of around £6m for Smith.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was confirmed on 3 August, with Smith moving to Newcastle on a five-year contract. He scored the winning goal on his debut for the Magpies, in a 1–0 friendly victory against Sampdoria. However, the striker struggled to establish himself at Newcastle in his first season, failing to score a league goal.
    Smith also continued to gain Ferguson's trust by gaining a place in the starting line up against Manchester City on 5 May 2007.
    More Details Hide Details United won the game 1–0 and were crowned league champions a day later, when Chelsea were held to a 1–1 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. Despite falling one game short of the ten appearances needed to qualify for a Premiership winners medal, the league granted special dispensation for Smith to receive a medal on the last day of the season. This was followed a week later with an FA Cup runners-up medal after the 1–0 defeat to Chelsea in the first final at the new Wembley.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Smith made his comeback for Manchester United in a 2006–07 UEFA Champions League first knockout round win against Lille OSC.
    More Details Hide Details He made his first start at Old Trafford since his injury on 19 March 2007 in an FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Middlesbrough. He also made a substitute appearance in the Premier League game against Bolton Wanderers and set up the fourth goal in United's 4–1 win. Smith was selected to lead the line in Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to A.S. Roma. He played a vital part in the game scoring an early goal, his first for 18 months, in an emphatic 7–1 victory.
    On 10 November 2006, Leeds United boss Dennis Wise revealed he was interested in bringing Smith back to Elland Road on loan.
    More Details Hide Details Ferguson told the press that Cardiff City were also interested and he would let Smith go out on a short-term loan for Smith to regain his fitness. There had also been reported interest from other Premiership and Championship clubs, with Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Aston Villa seemingly keen on the player. This, however, proved to be untrue for Smith, through his agent, Alex Black, publicly announced his wish to remain at Manchester United, and his will to solidify his place in Ferguson's first team. The manager himself voiced his desire to have Smith back at top fitness, stating that he was undergoing special training in order to aid and speed his recovery.
    On 26 September 2006 Smith made a return to action as a substitute in the 85th minute of the 1–0 Champions League victory over S.L. Benfica at the Estádio da Luz, immediately showing the passion he still had for the game by making a couple of crunching tackles in the 5 minute cameo appearance.
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    In the build up to the 2006–07 season, Ferguson was quoted saying that he planned to replace the departing Van Nistelrooy (signed by Real Madrid) by returning Smith to his natural position of centre-forward: "We are going to convert Alan Smith back into being a forward.
    More Details Hide Details He will be back in training soon and should be available by the end of August or the beginning of September."
    On 18 February 2006, during a 1–0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup, Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle while attempting to block a free-kick from Liverpool's John Arne Riise, an injury described by Ferguson as "one of the worst I've seen".
    More Details Hide Details On the next day it was confirmed that Smith would miss action for at least 12 months. However, in May, after a successful operation on his ankle, it was reported that he would likely be back in action as soon as mid-September; he had been recovering alongside Rooney for several weeks, who was also reported to be making a "miraculous" recovery from a broken foot. "I felt my leg go from under me as I went to block a free-kick", Smith told The Sun. "When I looked down, the leg was lying one way and my ankle was pointing towards Hong Kong so I knew I was in serious trouble." There was however, a small consolation for Smith and his club when Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 4–0 in the League Cup final. After the match Manchester United players paid tribute to Smith by wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "For you Smudge" (his nickname), in homage to Smith and his horrific injury. Smith was awarded a League Cup winners medal, as he would almost certainly have featured in the squad, and very likely the starting XI, had it not been for that injury, sustained just two weeks before the Final.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    He scored only one league goal in 2005–2006, in a 3–1 away win over Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
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    Smith got his chance to prove his credentials as a replacement for Keane when the United skipper was injured early on in the 2005–06 season.
    More Details Hide Details Smith began a prolonged run in the midfield 'anchor' role, with little effectiveness. The criticism aimed at Smith and his team-mates reached its nadir with United's embarrassing 4–1 capitulation away to Middlesbrough and the subsequent 1–0 defeat to Lille OSC in the Champions League. Smith was believed to be one of several Manchester United stars who were heavily criticised by Keane, in an MUTV interview that was thought too explosive to be aired and consigned to the cutting room floor by club officials. It seemed that Smith's performance in the crucial home match against league leaders Chelsea would be meticulously scrutinised in the light of Keane's damning words. Smith responded in determined fashion, giving a much better performance as his side won 1–0.
    In the summer of 2005 it emerged that Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, was grooming Smith as a successor to Roy Keane in the Manchester United midfield.
    More Details Hide Details Ferguson stated: "Roy sees characteristics in Alan that he saw in himself as a young player, which could help Alan develop into a very good player in that position."
    An injury hampered his first season, causing him to miss out on important matches such as the Carling Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the 2005 FA Cup Final against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium, which Manchester United lost on penalties.
    More Details Hide Details The forward scored 10 goals overall in his first season, but, with Wayne Rooney in sparkling form and Van Nistelrooy back in the team after injury, was relegated to the bench.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    The second chapter of his career began on 8 August 2004, in the Community Shield clash against Arsenal, scoring for the club with a swerving volley in the 55th minute, as Manchester United lost 3–1.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    As Leeds were relegated at the end of 2003–04 season, Smith joined Manchester United for £7 million.
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    A hometown hero for supporters of Leeds united, Smith won the "Supporter's Player of the Year" award two years running between 2003 and 2004 – a first in the club's history.
    More Details Hide Details Though his goal tally was not excellent by any means, his willingness to play any role on the pitch and his tireless efforts to save "The Whites" from relegation was greatly appreciated by the Leeds fans. The iconic image of Leeds relegation in May 2004 showed Smith kissing the badge and crying at what would be his last match for the club. His transfer to bitter rivals Manchester United, however, led to controversy and his exit was marred by accusations of treachery going from hero to villain in the eyes of some Leeds fans in the space of a day; this was despite the fact that club had publicly stated that they could not afford to pay his wages, that they were open to offers for him, and that no other club had registered an interest. Due to Leeds financial difficulties, Smith chose to waive his personal transfer fee owed to him by the club: this did not stop some Leeds fans from feeling betrayed, as they held up banners in subsequent games which compared Smith to Judas.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    He scored four goals in a UEFA Cup tie at Hapoel Tel Aviv in November 2002.
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    He did not make the final cut for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and accepted a position with the England Under-21 side.
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    Smith scored on his full debut against Portugal in September 2002, being set up by Leeds team mate Lee Bowyer.
    More Details Hide Details In a Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia in October 2002, he received his first international red card from a second yellow card after a tackle on Aleksandar Vasoski In 2005, he drew some criticism after withdrawing from the England squad to play Denmark (a game England lost 4–1) in order to play for the Manchester United reserves. After a prolonged absence from international football, Smith was called up for an England B match on 26 May 2007, against Albania. He scored the first goal of the game which ended in a 3–1 win. The next day he was named in the senior team to face Brazil, on 1 June 2007. In total Smith has been sent off seven times and booked 67 times in the Premier League. He has committed 500 fouls in the competition since 2002–03 making him the sixth most prolific fouler.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    An England youth international at multiple levels, Smith made his senior England debut in May 2001.
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    The following season saw Smith switched to the right of midfield, his versatility being utilised by O'Leary, as the Leeds manager tried to accommodate new signings. 2001 also saw Smith's break into the England national football team squad.
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    Smith continued his run in the Leeds side, as the club began to grow in stature. He showed his class in 2001 while helping to lead the Leeds side through the much vaunted UEFA Champions League, though his experience ended on a sour note as he was sent off in the semi-final.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    He went on to become an undisputed first-choice, as the side consolidated in the domestic and European fronts, reaching the semifinals of the 2000–01 Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details Smith was part of an offensive line that included Michael Bridges and Australian Mark Viduka.
  • 1998
    Age 17
    His senior FA Premier League debut was as a substitute for Leeds vs. Liverpool at Anfield, where he displayed his natural scoring ability by scoring with his first touch of the ball. That goal helped propel him into the 1998–99 English football season, as he was one-half of manager David O'Leary's first-choice striker pairing, along with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on October 28, 1980.
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