Smith is The Foyle For Hereford

Cambridge United manager Jez George has sent ex-Imp Sam Smith on loan to Hereford for a season, allowing two of the Conference’s more canny managers to give themselves time to chew the cud.  Despite Sam becoming something of a misfit at the perennial big spenders, George knows the lad has the class to come good and hopefully fetch a financial return on a tidy investment. As for Foyle, perhaps a gentle touch at the Bulls and a try before we buy is just what the auditors ordered. Martin Foyle is a sharp cookie,  he’s been there, done that and with the cash crisis easing the Bulls could be about to run amok in the Conference china shop.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


In his Lincoln days Sam averaged a goal every 154 minutes in a struggling side, despite an injury plagued season, but alas Cambridge waved the cash and we never got the chance to really see him flourish. Mind you nor have Cambridge, who failed to be the secure new start the young lad had required after two teams in turbulence.

The promising ex Lincoln and Rushden & Diamonds striker, has a quiet man style, magnetic ball control and eye for goal with head or foot, suggesting he will get goals if he settles and, sooner rather than later it should be noted. He thought he had found one at Lincoln, after being rescued from the Midlands melt-down club, by three-times-a -charm relegation guru Tilson. In truth replacement chirpy cockney, David ‘Reg’ Holdsworth, was denied any opportunity to work with him, when his agent sniffed the Cambridgeshire coin of the realm.

Many an Imp still still has a mixed view of Sam, but he has the look of a goal machine and no mistake, but you take him in sickness and in health.  At 22 he exploded onto the scene at Diamonds and was joint top scorer as an 18 year-old despite coming from the bench. He got 4 goals in his first four games as a super-sub but found himself out on loan at Hinckley and then Corby as the club began its descent into oblivion.

The new start at the Imps saw him score on his debut in the 2-2 draw at Southport and follow it up with a goal in the 1-2 defeat at home to Wrexham.  He had to wait until October 1st to get his next goal as we overcame Bath 2-0, then bagged a brace in the 3-1 win at Alfreton. Another against Barrow in November preceded a month out after being withdrawn 37 minutes into the Wrexham return.

Sam would play four games in January, scoring in a 3-3 thriller against Gateshead, before taking another 3 months out.   His return against Hayes, on as a 76th minute sub in a 0-1 defeat, just about summed up a season that promised so much for us and Smithy, before the fates intervened. If we include the two FA Cup goals and one in the Trophy, it was still not a bad return for a 21 year-old with the weight of Atlas on his shoulders.

Sam started 11 games for United and scored three, with 9 further opportunities from the bench.  Even though Gash has gone the arrival of dead-shot Cunnington and the talented Sam-Yorke from Basingstoke would have seen him fall further down the pecking order.  United is just too competitive an environment for a quiet lad you feel. Yet when he is on the field and doing it for real he rises to the challenge and always showed a composure way beyond its years. The Bulls are an apt gig for Sam for if he can just add a tad more aggression he could be playing for a league club this time next year.

Good luck Sam, except of course against us.

Cambridge Stats 2012/13

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
28 Sam Smith 11 9 942 3 13 7 0 1 0

 Lincoln Stats 2011/12

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
14 Sam Smith 22 7 1583 10 27 13 0 4 0
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STMI Biopic
DATE OF BIRTH 20 May 1990 (age 23)
HEIGHT 6 ft (1.82 m)
WEIGHT 12st 6lbs (76 kg)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Rushden 42 (9)
2009 Hinckley 4 (3)
2009 Corby 4 (?)
2011–2012 Rushden 26 (4)
2012–13 Lincoln City 29 (10)

Posted on July 6, 2013, in Blue Square zone, Transfer News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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