tommy smith

Player of the Day: Tommy Smith

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Former England youth international in the spotlight.

Tommy Smith made 41 appearances for Sunderland in his sole season with the club in 2003-04, scoring eight goals.

Smith was the main contributor when the Black Cats last reached the FA Cup semi-finals as he bagged four goals in the famous competition as Mick McCarthy’s side dispatched Hartlepool United, Ipswich Town, Birmingham City and Sheffield United before their last four defeat to Millwall.

The Hemel Hempstead-born midfielder began his career locally with Watford where he progressed through the youth ranks to make 157 first-team appearances in six seasons at Vicarage Road.

In 2003, Smith moved to Wearside and made his debut in a 2-0 home success over Reading as Julio Arca and John Oster notched the goals.

His first goal for the club came in a 3-1 success over Bradford City at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.

All of Tommy’s eight Black Cats goals came in wins as he later notched in league wins against Reading, Derby County and Sheffield United.

His four FA Cup goals came in the 2-1 fourth round win at Ipswich before he notched an extra-time double in a 2-0 success at Birmingham.

Arguably, his most popular Sunderland goal came in the 1-0 quarter-final win over the Blades at the Stadium of Light to set up a semi-final at Old Trafford against Millwall.

Unfortunately, McCarthy’s side lost 1-0 to the Lions before also missing out on promotion via the playoffs after losing their semi-final clash with Crystal Palace on penalties.

Smith moved to Derby County at the end of the season and spent two years at Pride Park before returning to Watford in 2006.

Tommy added a further 139 appearances to his Hornets tally before moving to Premier League Portsmouth in 2009.

He made just 19 appearances for Pompey before helping QPR win promotion to the top-flight in his first season at Loftus Road.

However, Smith spent just one more season with the R’s before moving to Cardiff City ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Still plying his trade at the Cardiff City Stadium, Tommy picked up another Championship promotion medal last season when he helped the Bluebirds win the Championship title.