Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Born 2 January 1973 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #87)

Total appearances 59

(50 League, 3 FA Cup, 4 FA Trophy, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

18 October 1997 (Away Kidderminster Harriers)

Final game:

25 January 2000 (Away Kettering Town)

Goalkeeper Mark had started his career at Nottingham Forest, although after progressing through the youth system, he failed to make a first team appearance. He joined Crewe Alexandra in 1992, and went on to make 63 League appearances in three years at Gresty Road. He achieved notoriety on 12 March 1994 when he was dismissed after just 19 seconds in a League game against Darlington for a professional foul. It was the fastest ever dismissal at the time – a record he held for over five years. He joined Walsall, but was restricted to reserve team games and left in 1997 in order to get some first team football. He arrived at Nene Park in September 1997 to replace Steve Cherry, who had been released, and join local keeper Darren Watts to contest for the No.1 position. He made his debut at Kidderminster Harriers on 18 October 1997, and quickly establishing himself as a fans’ favourite. He established himself in the first team and was an ever present in the first team (apart from a couple of Hillier Senior Cup games) for the remainder of that season. A combination of injuries and off-the-field issues meant that his opportunities were limited in the following two seasons however. With Mark Gayle taking over the number 1 jersey for a while, and then the arrival of Billy Turley, it meant that Mark had to be content with a regular place on the subs bench until he left the club in May 2000.

He went on to join Morecambe the following season, and played 42 games for them. He spent a short period (loan?) at Eastwood Town before moving to struggling Scarborough in November 2001. His first appearance for Scarborough in a 1-0 win against Farnborough Town on 24 November 2001 was marred in controversy as his registration had not been processed and he was still officially a Morecambe player. They were docked three points for the indiscretion. He is believed to have hung up his gloves after leaving Scarborough at the end of the season.

Appearances

1997/1998

Conf

18.10.97

Kidderminster (A)

FAC4q

25.10.97

Boreham Wood (H)

FAC4qr

28.10.97

Boreham Wood (A)

Conf

1.11.97

Slough Town (H)

Conf

8.11.97

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

15.11.97

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

22.11.97

Morecambe (A)

Conf

25.11.97

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

29.11.97

Hayes (H)

Conf

6.12.97

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

13.12.97

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

20.12.97

Hayes (A)

Conf

26.12.97

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

1.1.98

Stevenage Boro (A)

FAT1

10.1.98

Farnborough Tn (H)

Conf

17.1.98

Southport (H)

Conf

24.1.98

Dover Athletic (A)

FAT2

31.1.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

Conf

7.2.98

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

14.2.98

Gateshead (A)

Conf

21.2.98

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

28.2.98

Stalybridge Cltc (H)

Conf

7.3.98

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

14.3.98

Woking (A)

Conf

21.3.98

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

23.3.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

28.3.98

Morecambe (H)

Conf

4.4.98

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

13.4.98

Stalybridge Cltc (A)

Conf

18.4.98

Leek Town (H)

Conf

21.4.98

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

25.4.98

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

28.4.98

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

2.5.98

Telford Utd (H)

1998/1999

Conf

26.9.98

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

3.10.98

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

10.10.98

Farnborough Tn (A)

FAC3q

17.10.98

Forest Green (H)

Conf

24.10.98

Morecambe (H)

Conf

30.1.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

2.2.99

Kidderminster (H)

FAT4

6.2.99

Woking (A)

FAT4r

9.2.99

Woking (H)

Conf

13.2.99

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

16.2.99

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

20.2.99

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

23.2.99

Southport (H)

HSCSF

2.3.99

Cogenhoe Utd (A)

Conf

6.3.99

Hayes (A)

Conf

9.3.99

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

13.3.99

Leek Town (H)

Conf

16.3.99

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

20.3.99

Morecambe (A)

Conf

23.3.99

Leek Town (A)

Conf

27.3.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

3.4.99

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

5.4.99

Woking (A)

Conf

13.4.99

Yeovil Jct (H)

1999/2000

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Town (A)

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