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Player of the Day: Martin Smith

by Stuart Vose

Boyhood Sunderland fan profiled.

Martin Smith came through the youth system at Sunderland and would go on to be a popular figure with fans.

The forward – capped once by England at U21 level - made his debut in September 1996 in a League Cup win over Watford at Roker Park – Martin Scott scoring the only goal.

Smith is a born and bred Sunderland fan and achieved every young supporter’s dream of representing his boyhood club.

He made a total of 13 appearances during his debut season and a further 17 the following campaign, scoring his first senior goal in a 1-1 home draw with Wolves.

In all, Smith scored 28 goals in 145 appearances for the Black Cats and twice won promotion from Division One with the club.

He joined Sheffield United in August 1999 and boasted a decent scoring record while with the Blades, netting 15 goals in 33 games.

A £300,000 move to Huddersfield followed in February 2000 and Smith would spend three-and-a-half years with the Terriers, adding 29 goals to his career record.

The frontman later had three years at Northampton plus a spell with Darlington before ending his league career with a total of 111 senior goals.

He later played for Blyth Spartans and Kettering at the semi-professional level and is still a regular at the Stadium of Light when time allows.