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Gordon Smith
Personal information
Full name Gordon Duffield Smith
Date of birth 29 December 1954 (1954-12-29) (age 55)
Place of birth    Kilwinning, Scotland
Playing position Striker, Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1972–1977
1977–1980
1980–1983
1982
1983–1985
1985–1986
1986–1987
1987–1988
1988
Kilmarnock
Rangers
Brighton & Hove Albion
Rangers (loan)
Manchester City
Oldham Athletic
Admira Wacker
FC Basel
Stirling Albion
161 (36)
098 (35)
109 (22)
002 0(0)
042 (13)
005 0(0)


003 0(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Gordon Duffield Smith (born 29 December 1954 in Kilwinning) is a former football player who played for Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion. After retiring as a player, he worked as a football agent and BBC football pundit before being appointed chief executive of the Scottish Football Association in 2007.

Playing career

Smith started his career with Kilmarnock. He was known as Casper (after the ghost) for the way he 'ghosted ' past defenders in his path. He was sold to Rangers in 1977 for £65,000. In his first season with Rangers, Smith won the domestic treble, scoring 27 goals from midfield. He was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion in 1980 for a record transfer fee of £440,000. He returned to Rangers on loan in December 1982 for the Scottish League Cup final, a match lost to Celtic. He made three appearances during his loan spell, without scoring.

Smith scored for Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final, as they drew 2–2 with Manchester United, although Brighton lost the replay 4–0. In the final minute of the first match, Smith was through on goal and had a chance to win the Cup for Brighton, but his shot was saved by United goalkeeper Gary Bailey. The legendary radio commentator Peter Jones bellowed "and Smith must score!" as he took the shot, an infamous soundbite that has haunted him since and overshadowed some notable playing achievements.

On leaving Brighton in March 1984, Smith went on to Manchester City where he finished top scorer (with 12 League goals) in their 1984-85 promotion campaign to the top Division. Smith went on to play at the top level in Austria with Admira Wacker and Switzerland with FC Basel, before retiring as a player in 1988.

After playing

Smith had a spell as assistant manager of St. Mirren between 1990 and 1993 before beginning careers in the media and as a football agent. He represented many players, including Scotland players Paul Lambert and Kenny Miller. Smith relinquished these two careers to take up the position of SFA chief executive, which had been vacated by David Taylor moving to UEFA, in June 2007.[1]

Smith was a well known commentator on TV and Radio. He once suggested that there was "an agenda against Rangers", the team he formerly played for.[2]

In 2005 Smith published an autobiography entitled "And Smith Did Score", the royalties from which he donated to children's charities[3].

References

Preceded by
David Taylor
SFA Chief Executive
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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