Monday, 23 August 2010

128 Mark Smith

Position : Forward

Played : 1988-89

Appearances : 27

Goals : 7

Mark was signed from Kettering. He had started out with Sheffield United but never made the first team and dropped into non-league with Worksop and Gainsborough. In 1985-6 he got another chance with Scunthorpe but only played one game for them before moving on to Kettering. He was 26 when we signed him.

Mark was played upfront but was really a winger so his style was rather unorthodox. Nevertheless he was quite effective, being able to shield the ball and play others in as well as grabbing some goals himself. His best game was away at Grimsby when he scored two of the goals in a 3-1 win. After we played them in the First Round of the FA Cup , Huddersfield came calling and we sold him for £35,000. Mark achieved the rare feat of playing 47 League games that season.

Huddersfield restored him to the wing and he played 96 games for them scoring 11 goals. In 1991 he was sold to Grimsby scoring 4 in 77 games for them. He then returned to Scunthorpe for two years scoring 8 in 62 games before dropping back to non-league with Boston. He played for a number of sides in the South Yorkshire area before retiring and had spells managing Buxton and Maltby Main.

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