Manny Smith

Manny Smith
Personal information
Full nameEmmanuele Gabriel Smith[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-08) 8 November 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthBirmingham, England
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubNotts County
Number5
Youth career
000?–2006Walsall
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2012Walsall124(7)
2007Halesowen Town (loan)5(0)
2012–Notts County5(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 6 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Emmanuele Gabriel "Manny" Smith (born 8 November 1988) is an English footballer who plays for Notts County as a defender.

Career

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Smith progressed through the youth system at Walsall, eventually signing a one-year contract in May 2006, which kicked off his professional career.

He was captain of Walsall reserve team during the 2006–07 season. He was on the verge of the first team during this very season, however the management at Walsall believed that he lacked that competitive match experience which was needed to become a first-team regular.

He was allowed to link up with Southern Football League Premier Division side, Halesowen Town on loan. During his short time at the club Smith made five league appearances for the Birmingham-based outfit before returning to Bescot Stadium, to make his professional debut on 7 April 2007 in Walsall's Football League Two clash with Torquay United. The centre half came on as a 70th minute substitute in this game replacing Craig Pead.[2]

Smith started the 2007–08 campaign in high spirit after making his debut in the previous season, the he had also just signed another contract with the club in May 2007, meaning he would remain at the Bescot Stadium until May 2008.

This would prove to be a difficult season for him, especially if he wanted to climb back up the ladder and break back into the first-team. However during the start of the season he failed to do so spending a lot of time playing in the reserve side. February 2008, turned out to be a big month him following the sale of defensive colleague Scott Dann, who joined Coventry City towards the very end of the January transfer window.[3]

Despite the summer departure of fellow centre half Ian Roper, Smith remained as only the third choice centre half due to the arrival of Stephen Roberts from Doncaster Rovers.

He signed a new two-year contract with the club on 10 May 2010.[4]

In February 2012, Manny was disciplined by the club for his offensive tweet to a lifelong supporter.[5]

O 9 July 2012, Smith signed a two-year deal with League One side Notts County.[6] He played his first competitive game for the club in a League Cup match against Bradford City. However he was stretchered off in the first half after twisting his knee in a challenge with Alan Connell, it was later confirmed by Keith Curle that Smith would be out for 3 months[7]

Career statistics

As of 16 May 2012
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Walsall
2006–07[8]
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08[9]
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09[10]
26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2009–10[11] 33 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 37 4
2010–11[12] 25 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 29 2
2011–12[13] 33 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 38 1
Total 124 7 7 0 3 0 4 0 138 7
Halesowen Town (loan)
2006–07
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Notts County
2012–13
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 129 7 7 0 3 0 4 0 143 7
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Southern Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
  • Soccerbase
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