Tommy Smith (footballer, born 1992)

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Tommy Smith
Personal information
Full nameThomas George Smith [1]
Date of birth (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 27) [2]
Place of birth Warrington, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m) [3]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
Number 2
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers
0000–2012 Manchester City
2012–2013 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013– Huddersfield Town 182 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 18:30, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

Thomas George Smith (born 14 April 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Huddersfield Town.

Association football Team field sport

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Premier League Association football league in England

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Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Association football club

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Career

Smith was born in Warrington, Cheshire. [4] He started his career Tranmere Rovers before joining Manchester City's Academy at the age of 11. [5] He left the club in January 2012 after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, and after trial spells with Oxford United and Stevenage signed for Huddersfield Town's under-21 team. [5] [6]

Warrington Place in England

Warrington is a large town and unitary authority area in Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Mersey, 20 miles (32 km) east of Liverpool, and 20 miles (32 km) west of Manchester. The population in 2017 was estimated at 209,700, more than double that of 1968 when it became a New Town. Warrington is the largest town in the county of Cheshire.

Tranmere Rovers F.C. association football club

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Manchester City F.C. EDS and Academy

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Smith's first involvement with the first team came on 5 January 2013 when he was an unused substitute in Huddersfield's 1–0 away win over Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup. [7] He made his debut on 24 September 2013 when starting the League Cup match away to Hull City, which Huddersfield lost 1–0. [8] He made his league debut on 23 November 2013 as a starter in a 2–1 away win over Sheffield Wednesday. [8] Smith signed a new contract with Huddersfield on 4 February 2014, which would keep him at the club until June 2016. [9]

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Charlton Athletic F.C. Association football club

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FA Cup knockout competition in English association football

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On 31 January 2015, Smith was airlifted to hospital with a head injury after colliding with the Huddersfield goalkeeper, Joe Murphy, during a 2–1 home defeat to Leeds United. [10] [11] He was discharged the following day. [10]

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His first goal for Huddersfield came on 19 January 2016 in their 5–2 away defeat to Reading in the FA Cup. [12]

Reading F.C. Association football club

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Smith captained the team on 29 May in the 2017 EFL Championship play-off Final against Reading, which Huddersfield won 4–3 on penalties after a 0–0 extra-time draw. [13] [14] This meant Huddersfield were promoted to Premier League for the first time, and would play top-flight football for the first time in 45 years. [15]

Captain (association football) team captain of an association football team

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2017 EFL Championship play-off Final

The 2017 EFL Championship play-off Final was hosted on 29 May 2017 at Wembley Stadium, London. The winner gained promotion to the 2017–18 Premier League season. The top two teams of the 2016–17 EFL Championship season gained automatic promotion to the Premier League, whilst the teams placed between third and sixth place in the league table played two initial matches in a series of play-offs, and the top two teams of the play-offs play for the final place for the 2017–18 season in the Premier League.

A penalty shoot-out is a method of determining which team is awarded victory in an association football match that cannot end in a draw, when the score is tied after the regulation playing time as well as extra time have expired. In a penalty shoot-out, each team takes turns shooting at goal from the penalty mark, with the goal only defended by the opposing team's goalkeeper. Each team has five shots which must be taken by different kickers; the team that makes more successful kicks is declared the victor. Shoot-outs finish as soon as one team has an insurmountable lead. If scores are level after five pairs of shots, the shootout progresses into additional "sudden-death" rounds. Balls successfully kicked into the goal during a shoot-out do not count as goals for the individual kickers or the team, and are tallied separately from the goals scored during normal play. Although the procedure for each individual kick in the shoot-out resembles that of a penalty kick, there are some differences. Most notably, neither the kicker nor any player other than the goalkeeper may play the ball again once it has been kicked.

In August 2017, he was appointed as Huddersfield's permanent club captain after the retirement of Mark Hudson. [16]

Career statistics

As of match played 12 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Huddersfield Town 2012–13 [17] Championship 00000000
2013–14 [8] Championship2402010270
2014–15 [18] Championship4101020440
2015–16 [19] Championship3602110391
2016–17 [20] Championship42420003 [lower-alpha 1] 0474
2017–18 [21] Premier League 2403000270
2018–19 [22] Premier League1500010160
Career total182410150302005

Honours

Huddersfield Town

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