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Mark Smith
Personal information
Full name Mark Craig Smith
Date of birth 21 March 1960 (1960-03-21) (age 49)
Place of birth    Sheffield, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Sheffield United (coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sheffield Wednesday
Plymouth Argyle
Notts County
Port Vale (loan)
Huddersfield Town (loan)
Chesterfield (loan)
Lincoln City
282 (16)
082 0(6)
104 (10)
005 0(0)
006 0(0)
005 0(0)
006 0(1)
020 0(1)   
Teams managed
2004 Sheffield Wednesday (caretaker)

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

Mark Craig Smith (born 21 March 1960 in Sheffield) is a former professional footballer, who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle, Barnsley, Notts County, Port Vale, Huddersfield Town, Chesterfield and Lincoln City. He is presently Development Coach at Sheffield United.


Playing career

A local boy from Shirecliffe, Smith developed through the ranks and into the first team with Sheffield Wednesday in 1977.[1] He was renowned for his prowess from the penalty spot, achieving a club record eleven successful penalty conversions in the 1979–80 season.[2]

After a decade with the Wednesday he joined Plymouth Argyle, racking up 82 league appearances in three years before he moved on to Barnsley in 1990. He played over 100 games for the Tykes in just under three years before joining Notts County in 1992. At age 32, it was at County where his career stuttered, he had loan spells with Port Vale,[3] Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield, only playing five league games for County.

In the summer of 1993, Smith joined Lincoln City, making his debut in the club's opening day 1–0 defeat at Colchester United on 14 August 1993. In March 1994, with manager Keith Alexander lacking an assistant, Smith was appointed to a player-coach role at the club though the appointment coincided with his final professional appearance in the 2–0 home victory over Colchester United on 15 March 1994.

Coaching career


Lincoln City

Following his dismissal as manager at the end of the 1993–94 season, Keith Alexander was offered his old role as youth team coach but instead opted for the same position at Mansfield Town with Smith appointed to the post at Lincoln City.

Notts County

After a season at Sincil Bank, Smith moved on to a similar role at Notts County. Following the sacking of Colin Murphy and Steve Thompson, Smith was placed in temporary charge of the Magpies prior to the appointment of Sam Allardyce. Under Allardyce, Smith stepped up to become assistant manager.


Smith joined the academy at his former club Barnsley in 1998. He steered the club's youngsters to the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2001–02, defeat coming at the hands of eventual victors Aston Villa, the run including the defeat of Manchester United on penalties at Old Trafford on 1 March 2002.[4] That success was followed up in the 2002–03 season with victory over Liverpool[5] in the FA Youth Cup and the runners-up spot in the FA Premier Academy League Group B.[6] At the end of his contract on 30 June 2003, Smith announced that he was leaving his post as Assistant Academy Director at Oakwell.[7]

Sheffield Wednesday

Smith linked up with his boyhood heroes Sheffield Wednesday, being appointed Academy under-19 coach on 1 July 2003.[8] Following the departure of manager Chris Turner in September 2004, Smith was placed in temporary charge[9] with Chris Marsden as his assistant; Smith declared it an honour[10] to have the opportunity to manage the club he had both supported and played for. He presided over a 1–0 Football League Cup defeat to Coventry City on 22 September 2004 before reverting to his previous role following the appointment of Paul Sturrock as manager. Following a review of their academy structure, Smith departed Wednesday in June 2006.[11]

Ilkeston Town

The 2006–07 season saw Smith join Ilkeston Town as coach and assistant manager to Nigel Jemson;[12] the two had been teammates at Notts County. In October 2006, speculation[13] linked him with the vacant manager's position at Worksop Town but no appointment was forthcoming.

Sheffield United

In October 2007, Smith was appointed to the position of International Youth Director at Sheffield United.[14] He now works as a development coach for the club.[15] His job involves working with the club's young professionals who have graduated from the Academy and looking to force their way into the first team. Alongside Sam Ellis, he also takes an active role in looking after the Blades reserve team.


  1. ^ "SWFC Legends S". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Official Website.,,10304~345819,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  2. ^ "Penalty Record Mark-ed". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Official Website. 7 April 2004.,,10304~510887,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  3. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 273. ISBN 0952915200.  
  4. ^ "Mark Smith On The Academy". Barnsley F.C. Official Website. 4 March 2002.,,10309~183952,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  5. ^ "Academy Continues To Show Its Strength Against Top Flight". Barnsley F.C. Official Website. 22 November 2002.,,10309~305445,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  6. ^ "Mark Smith web exclusive". Barnsley F.C. Official Website. 9 April 2003.,,10309~369387,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  7. ^ "Mark Smith leaves Oakwell". Barnsley F.C. Official Website. 1 July 2003.,,10309~394687,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Academy Under-19 coach unveiled". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Official Website. 1 July 2003.,,10304~394691,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  9. ^ "Smith Handed Temporary Control". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Official Website. 20 September 2004.,,10304~566400,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  10. ^ "Smith: "It's An Honour"". 22 September 2004.,,10304~567489,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  11. ^ "Smith departs". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Official Website. 29 June 2006.,,10304~853699,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  12. ^ "Jemson brings in Smith". 6 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  13. ^ "Smith latest name in frame". Worksop Guardian. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  14. ^ "Blades fans told to keep faith with Robson". Yorkshire Post. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  15. ^ "Mark Smith - Development Coach". Sheffield United F.C. Official Website. 4 November 2008.,,10418~1080246,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-17.  

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