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Andy Smith
Personal information
Full name Andrew Smith
Date of birth 25 September 1980 (1980-09-25) (age 29)
Place of birth    Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Ballymena United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sheffield United
Bury (loan)
Glenavon (loan)
Preston North End
Stockport County (loan)
Motherwell (loan)
Cheltenham Town (loan)
Bristol City
Ballymena United
6 (0)
2 (0)
 ? (?)
 ? (?)
14 (0)
1 (0)
7 (0)
2 (0)
10 (0)
 ? (?)
 ? (?)   
National team2
2003- Northern Ireland 18 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:40, 1 January 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:51, 22 August 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

For the former Scottish footballer, see Andy Smith (footballer born 1968)

Andy Smith (born 25 September 1980, in Lisburn) is a professional footballer who currently plays as a striker with Ballymena United and Northern Ireland.


Club career

Andy started in the youth team of Ballyclare before signing for Sheffield United in 1999 , he made his debut against Lincoln City on the 5 September 2000 in the league cup. He had a loan spell at Bury before signing for Glenavon then for Glentoran in 2002.

He was a prolific scorer with Glentoran which made Preston North End pay £130,000 to bring him back to England in 2004.

Andy failed to score for Preston North End in three years and had loan spells at Stockport County and Motherwell in which he also didn't score.

Cheltenham Town fans were asked to fund a loan striker in the 2006-07 season and the then manager John Ward brought in Mandy Smith from Preston. He joined Cheltenham Town on loan on 2 November 2006 but he turned out to be a flop. He refused to sit on the bench for an FA Cup first round replay at Scunthorpe United and promptly returned to his parent club without scoring.[1 ]

He returned to Preston North End, again without scoring, before being released on a free transfer at the end of January 2007. He spent the next six months with Bristol City.

He signed for Portadown in October 2007, and left in December 2007 when his short term contract ended. After failing to get back into full time football with Port Vale, Smith rejoined Portadown on the 19th February 2008, signing a contract which will bring him through to the end of the 2009-10 season. However on the 3rd December, Portadown boss Ronnie McFall confirmed that Smith had gone AWOL, having not reported to training for 2 months.[2 ]. On July 7th Smith joined Grimsby Town on trial but failed to earn a contract. On August 3rd he signed a two year deal with Ballymena United.

International career

Smith is a former Northern Ireland international with 18 caps and no goals, he made his debut for Northern Ireland against Italy on the 3 June 2003 while still with Irish league side Glentoran. On one appearance against Wales, on the 8th September 2004, he came on as a sub only to be substituted himself 20 minutes later.


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