Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Born 29 December 1970 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #48)

Total appearances 58 – 1 goal

(40 League, 8 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 4 League Cup, 3 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

29 July 1995 (Home Kettering Town)

Final game:

28 December 1996 (Away Stalybridge Celtic)

Neil started his career at Shrewsbury Town, progressing from the youth team, but only made just a single appearance during the 1987/1988 season before moving on to Redditch United. In 1989, he signed for Lincoln City but the young midfielder was unable to gain a regular place in the first team. In July 1992, he joined Cheltenham Town and eventually took up the club captaincy in his third year with the club. Roger Ashby signed Neil in June 1995, for a £14,000 fee, and he captained the side which won promotion to the Conference. He played in all games during that 1995/1996 season until an injury in the Hillier Senior Cup Final against Rothwell Town ruled him out for the remainder of the season. Injuries continued to affect his first team chances as the club played its first season in the Conference, but he returned to action in October 1996. Neil made just 12 appearances the following season and he was eventually released in May 1997, joining Hednesford Town in his native West Midlands.

Neil Smith

He moved on from there to Halesowen Town (the team he helped Diamonds to beat to the Southern Premier title) in 1999, and made 48 appearances before joining Stafford Rangers at the end of the season. In November 2000 however, he made a return to Halesowen Town and spent a further three years there. He had another spell with Redditch United in 2006, but is thought to have retired from the game around this time.

Appearances

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town (A)

BHP

19.8.95

Salisbury City (H)

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Town(H)

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City(H)

FAC2q

23.9.95

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers (A)

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

1 goal

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd(H)

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City (H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

1996/1997

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

as sub

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood (H)

Conf

30.11.96

Bath City (H)

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

14.12.96

Bromsgrove Rvs(H)

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

21.12.96

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Cltc(A)

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