Alan Smith

Date of birth21 November 1962
Place of birthBromsgrove
NationalityEnglish
Weight82 kg
Height1.91 m
PositionForward

For someone who has since gone on to carve out a successful career in the football media, Alan could not be accused of being one to seek the headlines during his playing days. Vastly under-rated, he must be regarded as one of the most effective centre-forwards in Arsenal's history yet he rarely received the praise he deserved. His list of honours though – two championships, a FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup winners medals plus 13 England caps – show that the lanky West Midlander was a force to be reckoned with.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Leicester City 01 Jun 1982 01 Mar 1987

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1982-83 Leicester City FA Cup 1
1
1982-83 Leicester City League Cup 1
1982-83 Leicester City League Division Two 35
4
14
1983-84 Leicester City FA Cup 1
1983-84 Leicester City League Cup 1
1
1
1983-84 Leicester City League Division One 38
2
15
1984-85 Leicester City FA Cup 4
3
1984-85 Leicester City League Cup 2
1
1984-85 Leicester City League Division One 36
3
12
1985-86 Leicester City FA Cup 1
1985-86 Leicester City League Cup 1
1985-86 Leicester City League Division One 37
3
20
1986-87 Leicester City FA Cup 1
1
1986-87 Leicester City League Cup 3
2
1986-87 Leicester City League Division One 42
17
1987-88 Arsenal FA Cup 3
1
1987-88 Arsenal League Cup 8
4
1987-88 Arsenal League Division One 36
3
11
1987-88 Football League Centenary
1
1988-89 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1988-89 Arsenal League Cup 5
2
1988-89 Arsenal League Division One 36
23
1989-90 Arsenal FA Charity Shield 1
1989-90 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1989-90 Arsenal League Cup 3
1
3
1989-90 Arsenal League Division One 37
1
10
1990-91 Arsenal FA Cup 8
2
1990-91 Arsenal League Division One 35
2
23
1990-91 Arsenal Rumbelows League Cup 4
3
1991-92 Arsenal European Cup 4
4
1991-92 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1
1991-92 Arsenal League Cup 2
1991-92 Arsenal League Division One 33
6
12
1992-93 Arsenal FA Cup 5
2
1
1992-93 Arsenal League Cup 7
2
1992-93 Arsenal Premier League 27
4
3
1993-94 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1
1
1993-94 Arsenal League Cup 4
1
1
1993-94 Arsenal Premier League 21
4
3
1993-94 Arsenal UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 7
2
2
1994-95 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1994-95 Arsenal League Cup 3
1
1994-95 Arsenal Premier League 17
2
3
1994-95 Arsenal UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 4
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Aug 1982 Leicester City v Charlton Athletic L 1-2 League Division Two
31 Aug 1982 Rotherham United v Leicester City W 1-3 League Division Two
04 Sep 1982 Chelsea v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division Two
08 Sep 1982 Leicester City v Leeds United L 0-1 League Division Two
11 Sep 1982 Leicester City v Carlisle United W 6-0 League Division Two
18 Sep 1982 Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division Two
25 Sep 1982 Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers L 0-1 League Division Two
16 Oct 1982 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City W 0-3 League Division Two
23 Oct 1982 Derby County v Leicester City W 0-4 League Division Two
27 Oct 1982 Leicester City v Lincoln City L 0-1
Agg: 0-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
30 Oct 1982 Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday L 0-2 League Division Two
06 Nov 1982 Cambridge United v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division Two
20 Nov 1982 Leicester City v Crystal Palace L 0-1 League Division Two
27 Nov 1982 Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division Two
04 Dec 1982 Leicester City v Fulham W 2-0 League Division Two
11 Dec 1982 Burnley v Leicester City W 2-4 League Division Two
18 Dec 1982 Leicester City v Oldham Athletic W 2-1 League Division Two
27 Dec 1982 Middlesbrough v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division Two
28 Dec 1982 Leicester City v Barnsley W 1-0 League Division Two
01 Jan 1983 Crystal Palace v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division Two
03 Jan 1983 Leicester City v Chelsea W 3-0 League Division Two
08 Jan 1983 Leicester City v Notts County L 2-3 FA Cup 3rd round
15 Jan 1983 Charlton Athletic v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division Two
22 Jan 1983 Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers L 0-1 League Division Two
05 Feb 1983 Carlisle United v Leicester City W 0-1 League Division Two
19 Feb 1983 Grimsby Town v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division Two
22 Feb 1983 Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town W 3-2 League Division Two
26 Feb 1983 Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 5-0 League Division Two
05 Mar 1983 Leicester City v Derby County D 1-1 League Division Two
19 Mar 1983 Leicester City v Cambridge United W 4-0 League Division Two
22 Mar 1983 Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division Two
26 Mar 1983 Newcastle United v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division Two
02 Apr 1983 Barnsley v Leicester City W 1-2 League Division Two
05 Apr 1983 Leicester City v Middlesbrough W 1-0 League Division Two
09 Apr 1983 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division Two
16 Apr 1983 Leicester City v Rotherham United W 3-1 League Division Two
23 Apr 1983 Fulham v Leicester City W 0-1 League Division Two
30 Apr 1983 Leicester City v Bolton Wanderers D 0-0 League Division Two
02 May 1983 Leeds United v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division Two
07 May 1983 Oldham Athletic v Leicester City W 1-2 League Division Two
14 May 1983 Leicester City v Burnley D 0-0 League Division Two
27 Aug 1983 Leicester City v Notts County L 0-4 League Division One
31 Aug 1983 Leicester City v Luton Town L 0-3 League Division One
03 Sep 1983 West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
06 Sep 1983 West Ham United v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
10 Sep 1983 Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-3 League Division One
17 Sep 1983 Coventry City v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
24 Sep 1983 Leicester City v Stoke City D 2-2 League Division One
05 Oct 1983 Leicester City v Chelsea L 0-2 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
22 Oct 1983 Ipswich Town v Leicester City D 0-0 League Division One
25 Oct 1983 Chelsea v Leicester City W 0-2
Agg: 2-2 (3-4)
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
29 Oct 1983 Leicester City v Everton W 2-0 League Division One
05 Nov 1983 Watford v Leicester City D 3-3 League Division One
12 Nov 1983 Leicester City v Manchester United D 1-1 League Division One
19 Nov 1983 Aston Villa v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
26 Nov 1983 Leicester City v Arsenal W 3-0 League Division One
30 Nov 1983 Leicester City v Southampton W 2-1 League Division One
04 Dec 1983 Nottingham Forest v Leicester City L 3-2 League Division One
10 Dec 1983 Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 5-1 League Division One
18 Dec 1983 Sunderland v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division One
26 Dec 1983 Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers W 2-1 League Division One
27 Dec 1983 Liverpool v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
31 Dec 1983 Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion D 1-1 League Division One
02 Jan 1984 Stoke City v Leicester City W 0-1 League Division One
07 Jan 1984 Crystal Palace v Leicester City L 1-0 FA Cup 3rd round
14 Jan 1984 Notts County v Leicester City W 2-5 League Division One
21 Jan 1984 Leicester City v Coventry City D 1-1 League Division One
04 Feb 1984 Leicester City v Birmingham City L 2-3 League Division One
11 Feb 1984 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City L 3-2 League Division One
25 Feb 1984 Leicester City v Ipswich Town W 2-0 League Division One
03 Mar 1984 Leicester City v Watford W 4-1 League Division One
10 Mar 1984 Manchester United v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
17 Mar 1984 Leicester City v West Ham United W 4-1 League Division One
20 Mar 1984 Everton v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division One
24 Mar 1984 Luton Town v Leicester City D 0-0 League Division One
31 Mar 1984 Leicester City v Norwich City W 2-1 League Division One
07 Apr 1984 Southampton v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
14 Apr 1984 Leicester City v Aston Villa W 2-0 League Division One
18 Apr 1984 Leicester City v Liverpool D 3-3 League Division One
21 Apr 1984 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
28 Apr 1984 Arsenal v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
05 May 1984 Leicester City v Nottingham Forest W 2-1 League Division One
07 May 1984 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
12 May 1984 Leicester City v Sunderland L 0-2 League Division One
25 Aug 1984 Leicester City v Newcastle United L 2-3 League Division One
27 Aug 1984 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
01 Sep 1984 Coventry City v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
05 Sep 1984 Leicester City v Watford D 1-1 League Division One
08 Sep 1984 Leicester City v Ipswich Town W 2-1 League Division One
15 Sep 1984 Stoke City v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
22 Sep 1984 Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 League Division One
06 Oct 1984 West Ham United v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
09 Oct 1984 Brentford v Leicester City W 0-2
Agg: 2-6
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
13 Oct 1984 Leicester City v Arsenal L 1-4 League Division One
20 Oct 1984 Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester City L 5-0 League Division One
30 Oct 1984 Luton Town v Leicester City L 3-1 League Cup 3rd round
10 Nov 1984 Leicester City v Manchester United L 2-3 League Division One
17 Nov 1984 Leicester City v Norwich City W 2-0 League Division One
25 Nov 1984 Nottingham Forest v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
01 Dec 1984 Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers W 4-0 League Division One
08 Dec 1984 Sunderland v Leicester City W 0-4 League Division One
15 Dec 1984 Leicester City v Luton Town D 2-2 League Division One
23 Dec 1984 Leicester City v Coventry City W 5-1 League Division One
26 Dec 1984 Liverpool v Leicester City W 1-2 League Division One
29 Dec 1984 Watford v Leicester City L 4-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1985 Leicester City v Southampton L 1-2 League Division One
05 Jan 1985 Burton Albion v Leicester City W 1-6 FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 1985 Leicester City v Stoke City D 0-0 League Division One
16 Jan 1985 Burton Albion v Leicester City W 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round replay
26 Jan 1985 Leicester City v Carlisle United W 1-0 FA Cup 4th round
02 Feb 1985 Leicester City v Chelsea D 1-1 League Division One
19 Feb 1985 Millwall v Leicester City L 2-0 FA Cup 5th round
23 Feb 1985 Leicester City v Everton L 1-2 League Division One
02 Mar 1985 Aston Villa v Leicester City W 0-1 League Division One
09 Mar 1985 Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 League Division One
16 Mar 1985 Arsenal v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
20 Mar 1985 Newcastle United v Leicester City W 1-4 League Division One
23 Mar 1985 Leicester City v West Ham United W 1-0 League Division One
30 Mar 1985 West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
03 Apr 1985 Manchester United v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
06 Apr 1985 Leicester City v Liverpool L 0-1 League Division One
09 Apr 1985 Southampton v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
13 Apr 1985 Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur L 1-2 League Division One
20 Apr 1985 Norwich City v Leicester City W 1-3 League Division One
23 Apr 1985 Ipswich Town v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
27 Apr 1985 Leicester City v Nottingham Forest W 1-0 League Division One
04 May 1985 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City L 4-3 League Division One
06 May 1985 Leicester City v Sunderland W 2-0 League Division One
11 May 1985 Luton Town v Leicester City L 4-0 League Division One
17 Aug 1985 Leicester City v Everton W 3-1 League Division One
21 Aug 1985 Manchester City v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division One
24 Aug 1985 Oxford United v Leicester City L 5-0 League Division One
28 Aug 1985 Leicester City v Chelsea D 0-0 League Division One
31 Aug 1985 Arsenal v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
04 Sep 1985 Leicester City v Watford D 2-2 League Division One
08 Sep 1985 Leicester City v Nottingham Forest L 0-3 League Division One
14 Sep 1985 West Ham United v Leicester City L 3-0 League Division One
21 Sep 1985 Birmingham City v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
28 Sep 1985 Leicester City v Ipswich Town W 1-0 League Division One
02 Oct 1985 Leicester City v Oxford United D 4-4 League Division One
06 Oct 1985 Coventry City v Leicester City L 3-0 League Division One
08 Oct 1985 Leicester City v Derby County D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
12 Oct 1985 Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion D 2-2 League Division One
19 Oct 1985 Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday L 2-3 League Division One
26 Oct 1985 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City W 1-3 League Division One
02 Nov 1985 Liverpool v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
09 Nov 1985 Leicester City v Southampton D 2-2 League Division One
16 Nov 1985 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
23 Nov 1985 Leicester City v Manchester United W 3-0 League Division One
30 Nov 1985 Newcastle United v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
07 Dec 1985 Leicester City v Manchester City D 1-1 League Division One
14 Dec 1985 Everton v Leicester City W 1-2 League Division One
26 Dec 1985 Leicester City v Aston Villa W 3-1 League Division One
28 Dec 1985 Watford v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1986 Luton Town v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
04 Jan 1986 Bristol Rovers v Leicester City L 3-1 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 1986 Leicester City v West Ham United L 0-1 League Division One
18 Jan 1986 Leicester City v Arsenal D 2-2 League Division One
01 Feb 1986 Chelsea v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
08 Mar 1986 Leicester City v Coventry City W 2-1 League Division One
12 Mar 1986 Leicester City v Birmingham City W 4-2 League Division One
15 Mar 1986 West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
18 Mar 1986 Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
22 Mar 1986 Nottingham Forest v Leicester City L 4-3 League Division One
29 Mar 1986 Leicester City v Luton Town D 0-0 League Division One
31 Mar 1986 Aston Villa v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
05 Apr 1986 Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur L 1-4 League Division One
08 Apr 1986 Ipswich Town v Leicester City W 0-2 League Division One
12 Apr 1986 Southampton v Leicester City D 0-0 League Division One
30 Apr 1986 Leicester City v Liverpool L 0-2 League Division One
03 May 1986 Leicester City v Newcastle United W 2-0 League Division One
23 Aug 1986 Leicester City v Luton Town D 1-1 League Division One
30 Aug 1986 Wimbledon v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
03 Sep 1986 Leicester City v Liverpool W 2-1 League Division One
06 Sep 1986 Leicester City v Manchester United D 1-1 League Division One
13 Sep 1986 Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester City D 2-2 League Division One
17 Sep 1986 Norwich City v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
20 Sep 1986 Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur L 1-2 League Division One
23 Sep 1986 Swansea City v Leicester City W 0-2 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
27 Sep 1986 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City W 0-1 League Division One
04 Oct 1986 Manchester City v Leicester City W 1-2 League Division One
08 Oct 1986 Leicester City v Swansea City W 4-2
Agg: 6-2
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
11 Oct 1986 Leicester City v Nottingham Forest W 3-1 League Division One
18 Oct 1986 Charlton Athletic v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
25 Oct 1986 Leicester City v Southampton L 2-3 League Division One
29 Oct 1986 Liverpool v Leicester City L 4-1 League Cup 3rd round
01 Nov 1986 Aston Villa v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
08 Nov 1986 Leicester City v Newcastle United D 1-1 League Division One
15 Nov 1986 Leicester City v Everton L 0-2 League Division One
22 Nov 1986 Watford v Leicester City L 5-1 League Division One
29 Nov 1986 Leicester City v Chelsea D 2-2 League Division One
06 Dec 1986 Coventry City v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
14 Dec 1986 Leicester City v Oxford United W 2-0 League Division One
20 Dec 1986 Manchester United v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
26 Dec 1986 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
28 Dec 1986 Everton v Leicester City L 5-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1987 West Ham United v Leicester City L 4-1 League Division One
03 Jan 1987 Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday W 6-1 League Division One
10 Jan 1987 Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City L 5-2 FA Cup 3rd round
24 Jan 1987 Luton Town v Leicester City L 1-0 League Division One
07 Feb 1987 Leicester City v Wimbledon W 3-1 League Division One
14 Feb 1987 Liverpool v Leicester City L 4-3 League Division One
21 Feb 1987 Leicester City v Norwich City L 0-2 League Division One
25 Feb 1987 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City L 5-0 League Division One
07 Mar 1987 Southampton v Leicester City L 4-0 League Division One
14 Mar 1987 Leicester City v Charlton Athletic W 1-0 League Division One
22 Mar 1987 Nottingham Forest v Leicester City L 2-1 League Division One
25 Mar 1987 Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers W 4-1 League Division One
28 Mar 1987 Leicester City v Manchester City W 4-0 League Division One
04 Apr 1987 Newcastle United v Leicester City L 2-0 League Division One
11 Apr 1987 Leicester City v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
18 Apr 1987 Leicester City v West Ham United W 2-0 League Division One
20 Apr 1987 Arsenal v Leicester City L 4-1 League Division One
25 Apr 1987 Leicester City v Watford L 1-2 League Division One
02 May 1987 Chelsea v Leicester City L 3-1 League Division One
04 May 1987 Leicester City v Coventry City D 1-1 League Division One
09 May 1987 Oxford United v Leicester City D 0-0 League Division One


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1988-89 England FIFA World Cup
2
1988-89 England International Friendly 1
1
1989-90 England B International 1
2
1990-91 England A v B 1
1990-91 England England Challenge Cup 2
1
1990-91 England UEFA European Championship 1
1991-92 England B International 2
2
1991-92 England International Friendly 1
1
1991-92 England UEFA European Championship 2
2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Nov 1988 Saudi Arabia v England D 1-1 International Friendly
08 Feb 1989 Greece v England W 1-2 International Friendly
08 Mar 1989 Albania v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
03 Jun 1989 England v Poland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
24 Apr 1990 England v Czechoslovakia W 2-0 B INTER
11 Dec 1990 Algeria v England D 0-0 A v B
01 May 1991 Turkey v England W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
21 May 1991 England v USSR W 3-1 England Chall Cup
25 May 1991 England v Argentina D 2-2 England Chall Cup
11 Sep 1991 England v Germany L 0-1 International Friendly
16 Oct 1991 England v Turkey W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
13 Nov 1991 Poland v England D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
24 Mar 1992 Czechoslovakia v England W 0-1 B INTER
28 Apr 1992 C.I.S. v England D 1-1 B INTER
12 May 1992 Hungary v England W 0-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 1992 Denmark v England D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals group 1
17 Jun 1992 Sweden v England L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals group 1


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.