Kelly Smith, MBE (born 29 October 1978, in Watford) is an English former football forward who spent three spells with FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies. A product of the American college soccer system, Smith broke records with Seton Hall University then played professionally with Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) franchise Philadelphia Charge. After returning to Arsenal for a period which included a 2007 UEFA Women's Cup win, Smith was tempted back to America with another professional contract, this time with Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She accumulated 117 caps for the England women's national football team since making her debut in 1995. Despite being hit by serious injury during her career, Smith is England's record goalscorer with 46 goals. She played for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
Smith in February 2017
|Full name||Kelly Smith|
|Date of birth||29 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Watford, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|1997–1999||Seton Hall Pirates||51||(76)|
|1999–2000||New Jersey Lady Stallions|
|2004||New Jersey Wildcats||8||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:07, 20 January 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:07, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
While growing up in the Garston area of Watford, Smith regularly played football on boys' teams until, at the age of seven, she was kicked out of Garston Boys Club – despite being the top goalscorer – when the parents of her male opponents complained. After continuing at Pinner Girls, a team formed by Smith's father, she developed her skills at Wembley Ladies and made her senior debut in the 1994–95 season. In August 1995, Pete Davies wrote in The Independent that the "lethally quick, bountifully gifted" Smith was: "the outstanding prospect in the women's game today." After moving to Arsenal Ladies during 1996–97, she scored two goals and assisted on the third in a 3–0 win over Liverpool which secured the Premier League title that season. She spent that year at West Herts College, but transferred to Seton Hall University in the United States in 1997.
Smith enrolled at Seton Hall as a student-athlete. She played for the Seton Hall Pirates from 1997 through 1999. In her first year at Seton Hall in 1997, Smith set scoring records for the Big East Conference and became the first athlete in any sport to be the conference's (Offensive) Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the same season. In the following two seasons, she was the leading scorer not only in the Big East, but in the whole of NCAA Division I, and was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in both years. At the end of her university career, the school retired her number 6 shirt, she became the first Seton Hall athlete in any sport other than basketball to have a number retired. In her three years at Seton Hall, she set school records with 76 goals and 174 points while playing in just 51 matches.
At the culmination of her studies, Smith remained in the United States, remarking: "women's football in England is a joke." Smith's first professional club was New Jersey Lady Stallions of W-League, for which she played on from 1999-2000. However, a new top-flight women's league was about to start in the United States and Smith stayed in the country to participate in the project.
The Women's United Soccer Association was formed in early 2000. Smith was drafted second overall in the 2001 WUSA Foreign Allocation Draft by Philadelphia Charge. Smith played all three seasons with Philadelphia and was named to the 2001 WUSA Global 11 All-Star Team. 2001 was her only full season in the league; in 2002, Smith missed most of the season after tearing her ACL in her right knee, and missed much of 2003 after re-injuring the same knee. Following the 2003 season, the WUSA ceased operations.
Smith decided to keep playing in the United States following the collapse of the WUSA. In 2004, she played for the New Jersey Wildcats in the W-League, but she was injured yet again, breaking her leg. She ended up appearing in eight games for the club (563 minutes) and tallied eight goals and six assists.
Depressed and with a nascent drink problem, Smith returned to England and Arsenal in the fall of 2004. She officially rejoined in 2005 after being treated at the Sporting Chance clinic. However, she was yet again hampered by injury, this time by a stress fracture in her foot. She returned to action at the end of the 2004–05 season, scoring a goal from 30 metres out against Charlton Athletic L.F.C. which clinched the Premier League title for Arsenal.
In Arsenal's "Quadruple" winning season of 2006–07, Smith scored 30 goals in 34 games across the four competitions. However, she missed both legs of the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup final through suspension, after being sent off for giving the finger to opposition fans in the semi-final.
During Smith's Arsenal career since rejoining in 2005, she appeared in 66 Premier League games scoring 73 goals, 16 FA Cup games scoring 13 goals, 10 League Cup games scoring four goals, 18 UEFA Women's Cup games scoring nine goals, and two Community Shield games scoring one goal for a total of 112 appearances and 100 goals. In her last competitive game for Arsenal, Smith scored a hat-trick to help Arsenal to a 5–0 win over Doncaster Belles in the FA Women's Premier League Cup final. She won the FA Women's Players' Player of the year in 2006 and 2007.
Upon the creation of a new women's league in the United States, Women's Professional Soccer, many teams were interested in Smith's services. She was chosen by the Boston Breakers second overall in the 2008 WPS International Draft, above Marta and under only Formiga.
Despite being drafted by Boston, she was still under contact with Arsenal. However, Smith decided to leave Arsenal to join Boston Breakers on 18 February 2009, one of a number of English players to join the new Women's Professional Soccer League.
In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Smith appeared in 15 games (13 starts, 1170 total minutes) and scored six goals with two assists. She was named to the WPS All-Star ballot, but was unavailable for the match due to England's participation at the European Championships. In 2010 Smith started all her 21 appearances, leading the team with 11 goals and five assists. She played in that season's All-Star game. 2011 saw Smith again afflicted by injury; she posted one goal and four assists in 10 appearances (nine starts, 850 minutes). When the WPS went on hiatus ahead of the 2012 season, Smith was left "devastated" and without a club.
On leaving Boston Breakers, Smith resisted offers from clubs in Sweden and Germany to join Arsenal for a third time. However, she arrived with a stress fracture acquired at the 2012 Cyprus Cup and then aggravated the injury when kicking a ball during a promotional video shoot, without the protective footwear she had been instructed to wear.
Smith debuted for the England national team on 1 November 1995, three days after turning 17. The 1–1 draw against Italy was played at Roker Park and Smith won Player of the Match from her position on the left wing. She had been unable to accept a call-up to England's 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup squad that summer due to sitting her GCSE exams. Her first international goal came on the occasion of her second cap, against Croatia on 19 November 1995. Smith scored a stoppage-time penalty in England's 5–0 win at the Valley. During the following years, the English Football Association (FA) complained to FIFA when Smith's American college team refused to release her for national team duty.
When healthy, Smith has generally been considered one of the world's top female players; former United States head coach April Heinrichs asserted that Smith would be an automatic choice for the United States Women's National Team if she had been eligible, and Vera Pauw, the Dutch coach, called Kelly "the best player in the World" after she scored a hat-trick against the Netherlands in a 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier. During the 2011 World Cup, Mia Hamm said of Smith: "I remember the first time I saw Kelly play. She'd just graduated from Seton Hall. She's incredibly technical, with great speed of thought and play. Her touch is different class – everything's clean, everything's with a purpose. The pace of her passes is always perfect and she can score at will too." Smith's former England teammate and later coach, Hope Powell, went further than Hamm: "Kelly is one of those players who come along only once or twice in a lifetime. In the men's game you'd think of Diego Maradona or Messi, players with a unique talent, and that’s what Kelly has."
Smith has competed in the 2001, 2005, and 2009 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with England. She also played in the 2007 China Cup against the United States, Germany and China where she was named the player of the tournament. Smith was voted third in the 2009 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2006 and 2008.
Smith reportedly became England's all-time record goalscorer in September 2010, when she scored her 41st international goal against Switzerland and surpassed the previous record of 40 goals held by Karen Walker.
In 2011, Smith competed in the FIFA World Cup, where she scored from the spot in England's quarterfinal match with France, to give England a 1–0 lead in the penalty shootout (England would go on to lose the shootout 4–3). Smith, hindered by an achilles injury, was dissatisfied with her own performances at the tournament: "I have to acknowledge that I didn't play well and I have to live with that." She returned to the England squad for a UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying tie with Serbia after missing the first three matches of the campaign.
On 3 February 2015, Smith announced her retirement from international duty.
In June 2012 Smith was named in the 18–player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. Smith incurred a minor injury in the 1–0 group stage win over Brazil at Wembley Stadium, and was unable to join Team GB in their quarter final defeat by Canada.
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
The tournament opened with a record-breaking match in Shanghai, as Germany beat Argentina 11–0 to register the biggest win and the highest scoring match in Women's World Cup history, records which stood until 2019. The tournament ended with Germany defeating Brazil 2–0 in the final, having never surrendered a goal in the entire tournament. The Germans became the first national team in FIFA Women's World Cup history to retain their title.
The golden goal rule for extra time in knockout matches was eliminated by FIFA, although no matches went to extra time or required a penalty shootout.2008 FIFA World Player of the Year
The 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year awards took place on 560 January 2009 at the Zurich Opera House, Zürich, Switzerland, with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Portugal taking the men's award, and Marta of Umeå IK (now of Los Angeles Sol) and Brazil taking the women's award for the third year in a row.Other awards included the FIFA Development Award, which went to the Palestinian Football Federation for keeping its organisation and national team active; Federation President Jibril Al Rajoub, captain of the men's team Ahmad Kashkash, and women's team captain Honey Thaljiyeh were presented with the award. The Palestinian FA carried out a major refurbishment of the Al-Husseini Stadium, meaning that it met the standards to host an international match, becoming the first stadium in Palestinian territories to achieve this honour. Women's football received the FIFA Presidential Award, with the US team presented with the award (for their achievements), and player Heather O'Reilly collecting it. The FIFA Fair Play Award went to the representatives of the Turkish and Armenian national teams. Prior to a European World Cup qualifying match, the Presidents of the two FAs, Mahmut Özgener (Turkey) and Ruben Hayrapetyan (Armenia) shook hands, which was significant as the countries shared a long history of hostility towards each other.Shortlists of 23 men and 10 women were announced on 29 October 2008, before being reduced to five men and five women by 12 December 2008. The male nominees were Kaká, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres and Xavi, and the female nominees were Nadine Angerer, Cristiane, Marta, Birgit Prinz and Kelly Smith.2009 FIFA World Player of the Year
The 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year awards took place on 21 December 2009 at the Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. Shortlists of 23 men and 10 women were announced on 30 October 2009. The final five contenders for this year’s FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards were announced on 7 December 2009. Lionel Messi was announced as the World Player of the Year with a record points total.2009 Women's Professional Soccer season
The 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season served as the inaugural season for WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on March 29 and ended on August 9, with the postseason being held between August 15 and 21.2010 Women's Professional Soccer season
The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season was the second season for the WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. Regular season champion FC Gold Pride won the WPS Championship on September 26 with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Independence.2013–14 FA Women's Cup
The 2013–14 FA Women's Cup is the 43rd season of the FA Women's Cup, the main domestic knockout Cup competition in English women's football. Arsenal are the defending champions and the final will be played at Stadium mk.Boston Breakers
The Boston Breakers was an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.
The Breakers played their home games at Jordan Field in Boston and were managed in their final season by Matt Beard.Britny Fox
Britny Fox is an American glam metal band from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, initially active from 1985 to 1992 then subsequently reforming from 2000 to 2008 and then again reforming in 2015. They are best known for their music video for "Girlschool" and their minor hit "Long Way to Love" (U.S. No. 100).England women's national football team
The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.
England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.FA Women's Super League
The Football Association Women's Super League (currently known as the Barclays FA Women's Super League for sponsorship reasons or FA WSL for short) is the highest league of women's football in England. Established in 2010, it is run by the Football Association and currently features 12 fully professional teams.
An initial eight teams competed in the inaugural 2011 edition, which replaced the FA Women's Premier League as the highest level of women's football in England. Between 2014 and 2018, FA WSL consisted of two divisions–WSL 1 and WSL 2–and brought promotion and relegation system to the league. Since the 2018–19 season, FA WSL 2 is now known as the FA Women's Championship and remains the second division in the English women's football pyramid. WSL has operated as a summer league running from March until October, from its creation until the end of the 2016 season. From autumn 2017, the league operates as a winter league from September to May, with a one-off shortened bridging season, known as the FA WSL Spring Series, held between February and May 2017. The WSL champions and runners-up qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League the following season. The current FA Women's Super League champions are Arsenal, who won the 2018–19 edition.Granger Smith
Granger Kelly Smith (born September 4, 1979), also known by his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr., is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released nine studio albums, one live album, and one EP.Jeff LaBar
Jeffrey Philip LaBar (born March 18, 1963, in Darby, Pennsylvania) is an American guitarist most famous for playing in the glam rock band Cinderella, in which he replaced original guitarist Michael Smerick, also known as Michael Kelly Smith.During Cinderella's temporary break-up in the mid-1990s, LaBar supported himself by running a pizza shop with his brother and by doing assorted construction jobs.
LaBar was also in a side band with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called Naked Beggars. In April 2007 LaBar and his wife parted ways with Naked Beggars. They hosted an internet radio show "Late Night with the LaBar's" on www.realityradio.biz.In 2012, LaBar and Cinderella completed their 20th anniversary tour with fellow rock veterans Poison, who were also celebrating 20 years in the business.LaBar's debut solo record "One For The Road" was released August 2014. Jeff will be touring his solo record with his son Sebastian and Jasmine Cain.
1985 to 2017 - Cinderella
2004 to 2007 - Naked Beggars
2008 to 2009 - Freakshow
2013 to 2014 - Cheap Thrill
2014 to present - Jeff LaBar SoloKelly Smith (wheelchair racer)
Kelly Smith is a Paralympian athlete from Canada competing mainly in category T54 long distance events.
Kelly first competed in the Paralympics in 2000 in Sydney competing in the 5000m, 10000m and marathon as well as part of the Canadian 4 × 400 m relay team. He also competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens again in the 1500m, 5000m and marathon, this time winning a silver medal in the marathon.Marc Smith (poet)
Marc Kelly Smith (born 1949) is an American poet and founder of the poetry slam movement, for which he received the nickname Slam Papi.Smith was born in 1949 and grew up on the southeast side of Chicago. He attended/graduated Charles P. Caldwell Elementary School and James H. Bowen High School. Smith spent most of his young life as a construction worker, but has written poetry since he was 19. He considers himself a socialist.Michael Schermick
Michael Schermick (born 1958), known professionally as Michael Kelly Smith, is an American guitarist who played for the glam metal bands Cinderella and Britny Fox. Schermick and drummer Tony Destra were fired from Cinderella in 1985 at the request of the record label, Polygram.Following his departure from Cinderella, he joined up with Tony Destra, Dean Davidson, Billy Childs and Johnny Dee to form Britny Fox and became their lead guitarist. Schermick played on every album released by Britny Fox until their breakup in 1992.Prior to Cinderella and Britny Fox, Michael had been a guitarist in the bands Atlantic Star, Telepath, Psychopath, Diamonds, Saints in Hell and The Priscella Harriet Band.
He also played in a band known as Razamanaz featuring Cory Massi on lead vocals and guitar, Joe Bisbing on bass, and Steve Attig on drums.He currently teaches guitar in Horsham, Pennsylvania.The FA Women's Football Awards
The FA Women's Football Awards is an award ceremony hosted by The Football Association in England. The inaugural edition took place in 1999.UEFA Women's Euro 2009
The 2009 UEFA Women's Championship, or just Women's Euro 2009, was played in Finland between August 23 and September 10, 2009. The host was appointed on July 11, 2006, in a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Berlin and the Finnish proposal won over the Dutch proposal.
The UEFA Women's Championship is a regular tournament involving European national teams from countries affiliated to UEFA, the European governing body, who have qualified for the competition. The competition aims to determine which national women's team is the best in Europe.
The 2009 tournament was won by Germany for a seventh time in ten events. They beat England, appearing in their first final since 1984, 6–2 in the final. The Germans also boasted the tournament's leading goalscorer in Inka Grings.Women's United Soccer Association
The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US$100 million.
|1||19 November 1995||The Valley, London||Croatia||5–0||1997 UEFA Championship qual.||1|
|2||17 March 1996||Cosenza||Italy||1–2||1997 UEFA Championship qual.||1|
|3||18 April 1996||Osijek||Croatia||2–0||1997 UEFA Women's Championship qual.||1|
|4||19 May 1996||Griffin Park, Brentford||Portugal||3–0||1997 UEFA Women's Championship qual.||1|
|5||2 October 2000||Kolos Stadium, Borispil||Ukraine||2–1||2001 UEFA Women's Championship qual.||1|
|6||22 March 2001||Kenilworth Road, Luton||Spain||4–1||Friendly||1|
|8||24 February 2002||Fratton Park, Portsmouth||Portugal||3–0||2003 FIFA World Cup qual.||2|
|9||23 March 2002||Zuiderpark Stadion, The Hague||Netherlands||4–1||2003 FIFA World Cup qual.||1|
|10||19 February 2004||Fratton Park, Portsmouth||Denmark||2–0||Friendly||1|
|11||26 May 2005||Bescot Stadium, Walsall||Czech Republic||4–1||Friendly||1|
|12||1 September 2005||Ertl-Glas-Stadion, Amstetten||Austria||4–1||2007 FIFA World Cup qual.||1|
|15||27 October 2005||Tapolca||Hungary||13–0||2007 FIFA World Cup qual.||3|
|18||31 August 2006||The Valley, London||Netherlands||4–0||2007 FIFA World Cup qual.||3|
|19||8 March 2007||National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes||Russia||6–0||Friendly||1|
|20||13 May 2007||Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham||Northern Ireland||4–0||2009 UEFA Championship qual.||1|
|21||17 May 2007||Roots Hall, Southend||Iceland||4–0||Friendly||1|
|23||11 September 2007||Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai||Japan||2–2||2007 FIFA World Cup||2|
|25||17 September 2007||Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium, Chengdu||Argentina||6–1||2007 FIFA World Cup||2|
|26||27 October 2007||Bescot Stadium, Walsall||Belarus||4–0||2009 UEFA Championship qual.||1|
|27||14 February 2008||Larnaca||Norway||2–1||Friendly||1|
|29||28 September 2008||Ďolíček, Prague||Czech Republic||5–1||UEFA Euro 2009 qual.||2|
|30||2 October 2008||Estadio Ruta de la Plata, Spain||Spain||2–2||2009 UEFA Championship qual.||1|
|31||9 February 2009||Larnaca||Finland||2–2||Friendly||1|
|32||11 February 2009||Larnaca||Finland||4–1||Friendly||1|
|33||5 March 2009||Larnaca||South Africa||6–0||2009 Cyprus Cup||1|
|34||12 March 2009||Larnaca||Canada||3–1||2009 Cyprus Cup||1|
|35||28 August 2009||Finnair Stadium, Helsinki||Russia||3–2||2009 UEFA Championship||1|
|36||6 September 2009||Ratina Stadion, Tampere||Netherlands||2–1||2009 UEFA Championship||1|
|37||10 September 2009||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki||Germany||2–6||2009 UEFA Championship||1|
|38||20 May 2010||Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali||Malta||4–0||2011 FIFA World Cup qual.||1|
|40||21 August 2010||Sepp-Doll-Stadion, Krems||Austria||4–0||2011 FIFA World Cup qual.||2|
|41||12 September 2010||New Meadow, Shrewsbury||Switzerland||2–0||2011 FIFA World Cup qual.||1|
|42||16 September 2010||Stadion Niedermatten, Wohlen||Switzerland||3–2||2011 FIFA World Cup qual.||1|
|43||2 March 2011||Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca||Italy||2–0||2011 Cyprus Cup||1|
|45||28 February 2012||GSP Stadium, Larnaca||Finland||3–1||2012 Cyprus Cup||2|
|46||8 March 2013||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca||Scotland||4–4||2013 Cyprus Cup||1|
Kelly Smith international tournaments