Smith in 2014
|Full name||Alan Martin Smith|
|Date of birth||21 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Hollywood, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Alan Martin Smith (born 21 November 1962) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.
A striker, Smith started his career at non-league Alvechurch in north-east Worcestershire. He then signed professional forms with Leicester City in June 1982. In his first season, he scored 13 goals in partnership with Gary Lineker, as the Foxes won promotion to the First Division. He spent five seasons at Leicester, scoring 84 goals in 217 appearances. He was transferred to Arsenal in March 1987, but then loaned back to Leicester for the rest of the season.
His first league goal for the club came on 29 August 1987, when he netted a hat-trick in a 6–0 game versus Portsmouth at Highbury.Smith then scored the first goal in Arsenal's 2-0 victory at Anfield in May 1989 which saw them lift that season's league championship. With Arsenal he then won another league title in 1991 as well as a League and FA Cup Double two years later. He also struck the sole goal in Arsenal's 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final victory against Parma. Smith was Arsenal's top scorer for four consecutive seasons, and the First Division top scorer of the 1988–89 season with 23 goals. He also went on to win another Golden Boot in 1991.
Several clubs, including Watford, had expressed an interest in signing Smith just before he announced an end to his playing days in July 1995.He received just one yellow card throughout his entire career.
Smith scored 115 goals for Arsenal. All in all Smith has been ranked at 27th within the club's listing of the 50 greatest Gunners of all time.
Smith is currently a regular co-commentator and sometimes studio pundit for Sky Sports. In 2011, he commentated on the Champions League final alongside Martin Tyler.
On 30 June 2011, EA Sports announced that Smith would replace Andy Gray as Martin Tyler's partner in commentating in FIFA 12 . The pair commentated on the games up until FIFA 20 but they were both cut from the games for FIFA 21. Smith said on Twitter "Yes, gutted not to be involved with @EASPORTSFIFA anymore. For Martin Tyler and myself, it was an honour to voice the game for so long. But nothing lasts forever."
Tall and slim, Alan Smith was well known for his headers,but during his career he demonstrated all round skills, including a deft first touch and the ability to chest the ball down or head it on for teammates to run onto. Though primarily left-footed, he scored a number of goals with his right foot. He was also known for his hold-up play.
He scored in a number of important games for Arsenal, including the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup final and scored one goal in Arsenal's decisive victory at Anfield in 1989.Former Arsenal marksman Olivier Giroud has been compared to Smith.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Leicester City||1982–83||Second Division||39||13||1||1||1||0||—||41||14|
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