Today's Chris Smith Talking Points
Christopher Alan "Chris" Smith (born 30 June 1981) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a defender for Midland League Premier Division club Heanor Town.
Smith started his career with Leeds United's youth system, but aged 15 joined Reading in their youth system. In 1999, he signed a professional contract, before joining Third Division club York City in 2001. In the 2001–02 season, Smith did not establish himself as a first-team regular, but in 2002–03 became a fans' favourite. However, 2003–04 saw York relegated into the Conference National, and after being released by the club he spent a season with Stafford Rangers in the Conference North. In 2005, Smith joined their divisional rivals Worcester City, and in 2006–07 was named the club's Player of the Year. After a third season at Worcester, in which he was captain, the club was re-allocated to play in the Conference South.
Smith signed for Tamworth in 2008, winning the Conference North title in 2008–09, and thus promotion into the Conference Premier. After serving 2009–10 as captain, he signed for Tamworth's divisional rivals Mansfield Town in 2010. Later that year, he rejoined Conference Premier club York, initially on loan, and was immediately appointed captain. Smith captained York to victory in the 2012 FA Trophy Final and 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final, both staged at Wembley Stadium, the latter seeing the club promoted into League Two. Having helped York avoid relegation in 2012–13, he fell out of favour the following season, joining Conference Premier club FC Halifax Town in 2014. Smith spent 2014–15 with Alfreton Town, including a loan spell back at Tamworth.Close