Tuesday, 19 April 2011
346 Shaun Smith
Position : Left back
Played : 2003-04
Appearances : 13
Goals : 0
Shaun arrived in March as a non-contract player to the end of the season after being paid off by Hull City. The 32 year old started out with Halifax in 1989 but drifted off to Emley in 1991 after 7 appearances. He was brought back into League football by Dario Gradi at Crewe and proved a superb servant making 399 appearances and scoring 39 goals. In 1997 he scored the winner in the Division Two play-off final and in 2000-01 won the supporter's player of the year award. At the end of the following season he moved on to Hull but found himself out in the cold when Peter Taylor took over from Jan Molby. He had been loaned out to Stockport and Carlisle before finding his way to us.
Shaun's chief quality seemed to be that he wasn't Michael Simpkins or Matt Doughty. I was never convinced that he was better than either of them. His pace had completely gone so he was vulnerable at the back and slow at getting up the pitch. He was supposed to be a dead ball expert but didn't produce anything memorable in that department. He managed the occasional good cross but that was about it. He wasn;t retained at the end of the season.
He moved on to York making 19 appearances over the next two seasons then presumably retired.