Forward Mike Smith was born in Hull and joined the YTS scheme in 1985, signing professional terms in May 1987. As part of his apprenticeship he spent time in New Zealand as part of a club twinning that bought Herry Ngata to the Tigers. Smith was given his senior debut early in 1988/89 season by Eddie Gray, playing in wide attacking positions. His only goal for City came in October 1988 against Chelsea in a 3-0 win. But as the season wore his first team appearances became more sporadic and when Gray was replaced by Colin Appleton, who in turn was replaced by Stan Ternent, in 1989/90 Smith managed only one start – in Appleton’s final game, a 0-2 home defeat against Brighton. It was another 13 months before he was selected for the first team again, only a week before Stan Ternent was replaced by Terry Dolan. Dolan also used Smith occasionally and he left the Tigers in the 1991 close season.
Smith joined Ayr United in July 1991 and spent a season at Somerton Park before returning to Hull and dropping into the non-league scene. In 1994 he headed down under again and spent two years in New Zealand playing for Wellington Phoenix. He returned to England in 1996 and played for an array of non-league sides while working for Hull’s telephone company KCOM. He then embarked in a career in sales, ending up joining local building trade supplier Travis Perkins in 2018.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 December 1968, Hull
Hull City First Game: 24 September 1988, Oldham Athletic A (Division Two), 19 years, 280 days old
Hull City Final Game: 11 May 1991, Newcastle United A (Division Two), 22 years, 143 days old
Hull City (1987-1991), Ayr United (1991-1992), Bridlington Town (1992-1993), Goole Town (1993-1994), Wellington Phoenix (1994-1996), North Ferriby United (1996-1997), Worksop Town (1997-1998), North Ferriby United (1998), Gateshead (1998-1999), Brodsworth Miners Welfare (1999-2000)
Hull City Record
Career: 20 apps, 1 goalsMike Smith
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