Kevin Smith (footballer, born 1987)

Kevin James Smith (born 20 March 1987) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays forward for East Fife. He has previously played for Leeds United, Sunderland, Dundee United, Notts County, Queen of the South and Dumbarton, and has also appeared for Wrexham, Dundee and Raith Rovers on loan.

Kevin Smith
Personal information
Full name Kevin James Smith[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-20) 20 March 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0in 183cm
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
East Fife
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Leeds United 0 (0)
2006–2007 Sunderland 0 (0)
2006–2007Wrexham (loan) 8 (2)
2007Dundee (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2010 Dundee United 1 (0)
2008Raith Rovers (loan) 18 (12)
2009Raith Rovers (loan) 11 (6)
2009–2010Raith Rovers (loan) 9 (2)
2010–2011 Notts County 11 (2)
2011–2013 Queen of the South 35 (7)
2013–2014 Dumbarton 10 (0)
2014East Fife (loan) 15 (0)
2014– East Fife 141 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:09, 25 October 2020 (UTC)

BackgroundEdit

Born in Edinburgh, Kevin Smith attended Musselburgh Grammar School. He was selected for the Lothian Schools XI in 2002.[2]

CareerEdit

Smith began his career with Leeds United, but was allowed to leave and signed for Sunderland in January 2006.[3] He had loan spells with Wrexham[4] and Dundee[5] but could not break into Sunderland's first team and was released in June 2007 after eighteen months at the club.[6]

After a lengthy period without a club, Smith began training with Dundee United in April 2008. He appeared as an unused substitute in the final two matches of the season[7][8] and subsequently signed a one-year contract.[9]

In July 2008, six days after appearing against them in a friendly, Smith undertook a five-month loan spell with Raith Rovers,[10] scoring in his second match for the club. Smith was recalled from his loan spell in January 2009 after scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances for Raith; however, on 23 January 2009 he was allowed to return to the Kirkcaldy club until the end of the season. In April 2009, after helping Raith to top of the table with three games remaining, Smith suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle, ruling him out for six months.[11] Following his recovery from this injury he was loaned to Raith for a third time as he sought to recover his match fitness. He helped Rovers to that season's Scottish Second Division Championship.

He then moved to League One Notts County after signing a one-year deal on 2 August 2010.

It was announced on 25 June 2011, along with ex-Raith colleague Mark Campbell, that he had agreed terms but not yet signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South.[12] His Queens debut was on 23 July 2011 the extra time 2–0 defeat away at Ayr United in the 2011–12 Scottish Challenge Cup.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 19 March 2019.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2005–06 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [14]
Sunderland 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [14]
2006–07 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [14]
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wrexham 2006–07 League Two 8 1 2 1 0 0 10 2 [14]
Dundee 2006–07 Scottish First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 [14]
Dundee United 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [15][16]
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [15][16]
2009–10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 [15][16]
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Raith Rovers (loan) 2008–09 Scottish Second Division 28 18 0 0 0 0 28 18 [15]
2009–10 Scottish First Division 5 2 6 2 0 0 11 4 [15]
Total 33 20 6 2 0 0 39 22
Notts County 2010–11 League Two 13 1 0 0 3 2 1[a] 0 17 3 [15]
Queen of the South 2011–12 Scottish Championship 23 5 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 26 5 [15]
2012–13 League One 18 2 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 19 2 [15]
Total 41 7 0 0 2 0 2 0 45 7
Dumbarton 2013–14 Scottish Championship 10 0 1 0 2 1 1[b] 1 14 2 [15]
East Fife 2013–14 Scottish League One 15 0 0 0 0 0 4[c] 1 19 1 [15]
2014–15 Scottish League Two 26 11 2 0 1 0 4[d] 0 33 11 [15]
2015–16 26 6 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 29 6 [15]
2016–17 Scottish League One 29 7 4 0 4 2 1[b] 1 38 10 [15]
2017–18 21 1 2 1 0 0 23 2 [15]
2018–19 26 7 1 0 4 0 3[b] 1 34 8 [15]
Total 143 32 10 1 10 2 13 3 176 38
Career total 253 59 19 4 17 5 17 3 306 71
  1. ^ Appearance in the EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup.
  3. ^ Appearances in the Scottish League One Relegation Playoff.
  4. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup and Scottish League Two Promotion Playoff.

HonoursEdit

Raith Rovers
2008–09
Queen of the South
2012–13
2012–13[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kevin Smith". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ Driver steers Select to Scottish Cup win, The Scotsman, 25 May 2002
  3. ^ "Sunderland sign Smith from Leeds". BBC Sport website. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Wrexham take Sunderland striker". BBC Sport website. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  5. ^ Alexander, Nick (9 January 2007). "Smith joins Dundee". Sunderland FC. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Keane lets Cunningham & Miller go". BBC Sport website. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  7. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (10 May 2008). "Rangers 3–1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport website. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  8. ^ Lindsay, Clive (22 May 2008). "Dundee United 0–1 Celtic". BBC Sport website. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  9. ^ Dey, Graeme (15 April 2008). "United tie up ex-Dark Blue". The Courier (Dundee). Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  10. ^ "KEVIN SMITH OUT ON LOAN". Dundee United FC. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Double injury will rule out Smith until October". Press and Journal. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  12. ^ "2 more to sign" www.qosfc.com 25 Jun 2011
  13. ^ "Ayr United 2 – 0 Queen of the South" 23 Jul 2011 www.qosfc.com Archived 3 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ a b c d e "Kevin Smith". Soccerbase. CENTURYCOMM LIMITED. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "K. Smith". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "Kevin Smith » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Queen Of The South vs Partick Thistle. Scottish Challenge Cup Final". Sky Sports. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2021.

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