Neil Smith

Years at the club: 1999-2002
Date of birth: 30/09/1971
Birth place: London
Position: Midfield
Appearances: 64
Goals: 4
Clubs: Fulham, Gillingham, Tottenham Hotspur
Honours: Tottenham Hotspur: FA Youth Cup winner 1990.Fulham: Division Two championship 1997

Smith started his career at Tottenham Hotspur as an apprentice but after a year had failed to break through to the team. He went on loan to Gillingham and then signed for them permanently in 1991, going on to make over 200 appearances. During his time at the Gills in 1995, Smith was on the verge of a move to then Division Two club Brentford. However, when the fee was set at £50,000 by a tribunal, then Brentford manager David Webb felt he could find better value elsewhere, hence the deal fell through and Smith remained at Gillingham for two more seasons.

He moved to Fulham in 1997 for two seasons, making 75 appearances and scoring two goals. He scored once against Colchester in the league and also scored against former club Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, before joining Reading, where he made some 65 appearances in a three year spell. He was part of promotion-winning sides at Gillingham, Fulham and Reading.

He joined Reading in for £100,000 in August 1999. Unfortunately, a change of Manager in December 1999 alsmost saw him join Notts County. However, his determination and the ability to encourage younger players helped him keep his place in the first team. He left the club in June 2002.

Smith briefly joined Stevenage Borough in 2002 before Glenn Cockerill bought him to Woking where he played a vital part in the escape from relegation that season. He made 180 appearances for Woking and had a short spell as caretaker manager before being released in 2007. He signed for Bromley in 2008 before calling time on his playing career. On July 19, 2008, Kingfield hosted a benefit game for Smith to celebrate the six years he spent at Woking.

Smith joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Maidstone United as a player on 18 October 2008 following his release from the coaching staff at financially troubled Grays Athletic. He made his debut in the FA Trophy 1st qualifying round tie against AFC Hornchurch.

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.

Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.

Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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