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Alex Smithies
Personal information
Full name Alexander Smithies
Date of birth 5 March 1990 (1990-03-05) (age 20)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Huddersfield Town
Number 1
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Huddersfield Town 65 (0)
National team
2006 England U16 4 (0)
2007 England U17 10 (0)
2007 England U18 1 (0)
2009 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 August 2009

Alexander "Alex" Smithies (born 5 March 1990 in Huddersfield, England) is a professional footballer with League One side Huddersfield Town. An academy goalkeeper who first came into prominence during the 2007–08 season, after second choice goalkeeper Simon Eastwood injured his foot and appeared on the Town bench during September 2007. Smithies is now the first-choice goalkeeper.

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Career

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Early life

Smithies grew up in Golcar, in the Colne Valley area of Huddersfield. He attended Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, where he was a loud, disruptive but thoroughly popular member of the student body. He joined the Huddersfield Town academy before leaving school, having previously played junior football in the local leagues.

Club

Smithies made his first team début as a 76th minute substitute for Matt Glennon, who was sent off during Huddersfield Town's 4–1 defeat by Southend United at Roots Hall on 5 December 2007. He made his first full start in the 4–0 defeat at Leeds United on 8 December, after Glennon lost his appeal against his dismissal and Town were refused permission to loan an emergency goalkeeper, because Smithies was registered as a professional. His third game for the Terriers would be in their 1–0 defeat against Darlington in the Football League Trophy on 7 October 2008, whilst his first appearance at the Galpharm Stadium for a first-team match was on 6 December 2008. Caretaker manager Gerry Murphy dropped regular keeper Matt Glennon for the young custodian and again, he didn't disappoint, helping Huddersfield to a 2–1 victory over Walsall. His first clean sheet for the club came on Smithies return to Roots Hall in a 1–0 win for Huddersfield over Southend United on 13 December 2008. It was even more remarkable thanks to the penalty save made by Smithies from James Walker 10 minutes from time. On 17 November 2009 Smithies was linked with Stoke City after a scout from the club was the latest in a long string of Premier League interest to be seen at the Galpharm. This interest has been played down by Lee Clark and Tony Coton, and Smithies insists he is happy to be at Huddersfield.[1]

International

He has four caps for the England U-16's and 10 caps for the England U-17's (including gaining five during the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea) On 20 November 2007, he made his debut for the England U-18 team, where he played 45 minutes in their 2–0 win against Ghana U-18's at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium. In November 2008, Smithies received his first England U-19 call up for a friendly against Germany U-19. His first game for the U19's came against Spain U-19 at Bournemouth's Dean Court ground on 10 February 2009, in a 3–0 defeat.

Awards and recognition

On 2 April 2009, Smithies was one of a select few young British footballing talents assesed by "Sky Sports Scout", a service offered by Sky Sports for finding the best young talent in the country. He was given a rating of 65/80, a current valuation of £5million and labelled as "on his way to the top."[2]

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