Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Born 20 May 1990 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #277)

Total appearances 83 – 15 goals

(68 League, 1 FA Cup, 5 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 8 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

3 October 2007 (Away Corby Town)

Final game:

5 February 2011 (Away Cambridge United)

 

Sam joined the club early in 2007 after being spotted playing by former Diamonds keeper Kevin Shoemake playing for Corby Town Under 18s. He had previously had a short spell with Wrexham as an Under 16, which followed an earlier spell at Nene Park. After just over a year in Diamonds Youth ranks, Sam was rewarded with a place in the first team squad in spring 2008. He made his league debut with a substitute appearance against Cambridge United on 8 April 2008, then went on to make his first League start against Oxford United later that month, scoring his debut goal in the final game of the season against Aldershot. That goal was scored a few days before his 18th birthday, although not quite early enough to shade Lee Tomlin‘s record for the youngest player to score a league goal for the club.

 

Sam Smith shields the ball from Mark Preece

 

He was then offered and signed a three year contract, prior to the start of the 2008/2009 season. After missing the first game of the 2008/2009 season, he scored in each of the next three league games, making it a run of four league games in a row where he had joined the game from the bench and scored. He finished the 2008/2009 season as joint-top league goalscorer with 8 goals, as well as joint-top overall goal scorer with 9 goals. He made 31 appearances from the bench that season, including his appearance against Kettering Town at Nene Park, where he scored a memorable winning goal.

 

Sam Smith celebrates with Lee Tomlin

 

At the end of October 2009, he went on loan to Corby Town for one month, returning to Nene Park at the end of November. He then went on a further month’s loan to Hinckley United in December, but again returned from loan during Diamonds push for a play-off place at the end of the 2009/2010 season. The following season, an injury during the pre-season programme saw him sidelined until November, and just as he had the opportunity to establish himself in the side, another injury in February meant he had to sit out the remainder of the season. Sam was released in May 2011 and on 6 July 2011, he joined Conference side Lincoln City after their relegation from the Football League, taking up an extension to his contract for the following season. On 2 August 2012, Sam transferred to fellow Conference side Cambridge United for an undisclosed fee. He scored three times in 20 appearances for the U’s, but on 12 June 2013, he went out on a season long loan to fellow Conference side Hereford United, scoring 4 times in 34 appearances. On return to Cambridge, Sam was released on 27 May 2014 and signed for newly promoted Conference side AFC Telford on 29 June 2014. He made 5 appearances at the start of the season, but went out on a loan deal to Conference North side Brackley Town on 4 September 2014.

 

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 28

HSC1

3.10.07

Corby Town (A)

as sub

HSC2

13.11.07

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

as sub

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

as sub

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd(H)

as sub

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

as sub

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

as sub

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

as sub

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

 

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

 

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

1 goal

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

 

2008/2009 – squad number 25

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

17.8.08

Wrexham (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

23.8.08

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

25.8.08

Histon (H)

as sub

Conf

30.8.08

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

as sub

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

 

Conf

12.10.08

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

as sub

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

1.11.08

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

 

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

 

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

as sub

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

 

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

as sub

Conf

9.12.08

Woking (A)

as sub

FAT1

13.12.08

Newport Co (A)

as sub

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic(H)

1 goal

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

 

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

as sub

1 goal

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

 

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

as sub

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

as sub

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

10.3.09

Lewes (H)

as sub

Conf

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

as sub

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

as sub

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

 

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number 19

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

as sub

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro (A)

as sub

Conf

31.8.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

8.9.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

22.9.09

Gateshead (A)

as sub

Conf

26.9.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

29.9.09

AFC Wimbledon(H)

as sub

Conf

3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

as sub

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

23.1.10

Barrow (H)

as sub

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

as sub

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (H)

as sub

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

as sub

Conf

6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

as sub

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

 

Conf

24.4.10

Luton Tn (H)

 

2010/2011 – squad number 17

Conf

27.11.10

Forest Green (A)

as sub

FAT1

11.12.10

Eastwood Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

1.1.11

Luton Town (A)

 

FAT1r

11.1.11

Eastwood Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

18.1.11

Hayes&Yeading(A)

as sub

2 goals

Conf

22.1.11

Newport Co (A)

as sub

Conf

29.1.11

Tamworth (H)

as sub

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

1 goal

Conf

5.2.11

Cambridge U (A)

 
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