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Alex Smith

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

15/02/1976

Signed

17/07/2001

Country

England

A trainee at Everton, Smith began his youth career at Goodison Park, but after not being able to make any appearances for the first team, he switched scenery with a move to Swindon Town in January 1996.

Breaking into the senior team with a place on the substitute’s bench, Smith made a handful of appearances for the Robins in their 1995/96 Second Division winning season, progressing to a more frequent role in the subsequent First Division campaigns.

From Swindon, Smith moved onto Huddersfield and Chester before a £75,000 move brought him to Port Vale in 1999.

During his 64(+7) appearances, the Liverpudlain aided Vale in winning the 2000/01 Football League Trophy, coming back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Brentford 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in the final staged in Cardiff.

Alan Pardew brought the newly adorned trophy winner to Reading on a free transfer in July 2001, and in his first season as a Royal, Smith added to his collection of honours achieving a runners-up spot and yet another promotion to Division One.

He played 17 games that season and scored three goals, making his debut for the club in our 2-0 away win at Bloomfield Road.

After spending the following campaign on loan with Shrewsbury, Smith re-joined non-league side Chester in the autumn of 2003 after becoming a free agent.

Yet more honours were to be thrust upon the defender as in his first season back with the Seals, he helped them secure their place back in the Football League after table topping the Conference with 92 points.

League One side Wrexham had spotted Smith’s potential that year and in July, he became a player at the Racecourse Ground, joining on a free transfer. He stayed with the club for two season including their drop out of League One, and then in August 2006, Smith transferred back to the Conference with Southport where he would end his footballing days, aged 31.

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