Tuesday, 19 April 2011

345 Jeff Smith

Position : Winger

Played : 2003-04  (on  loan  from Bolton)

Appearances : 1

Goals : 0

Funny how bad players often make a bigger impression than good ones . Lord Kangana’s floundering five minutes are still talked about whereas this guy’s been completely forgotten. Jeff arrived a fortnight after his fellow Wanderer. His career began at Hartlepool in 1988 but he was discarded after just 3 appearances and failed to impress Barrow who gave him just one game. Jeff became a postman and played for Bishop Auckland where his abilities eventually attracted Bolton who signed him in March 2001. He appeared in the last game of the 2000-01 season when Bolton won promotion. The following year he played in League Cup ties and went on loan to Macclesfield (2 goals in 8 games) before finally making an appearance in the Premiership in the last game of the season. Jeff’s appearances were restricted to Cup ties after that and he  had a brief loan spell at Scunthorpe before coming to us.

Jeff played in the goalless draw at home to Cheltenham and was man of the match taking all the corners, hitting the bar and having a great shot palmed on to the post. Knowing Parkin , Jeff would have been dropped before too long but he never got the chance because Bolton recalled him for a Cup match before the next game came round.

Jeff saw out the season on loan at Preston before being released. He joined Port Vale and became a key player there making 88 appearances and scoring 5 goals before a £60,000 move to Carlisle in January 2007. He had some time out with injury and scored twice in 50 games. He was released in 2009 when his contract came to an end. He made an ill-judged move to Darlington at the start of last season playing 24 games for the relegated side and failing to score. After a trial with Aberdeen in the summer he signed for R.o.C. de Charleroi –Marchienne in the Belgian Third Division.

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