Alan Smith is a former English Professional footballer who played as a striker, Smith played for Leicester City and Arsenal in a career that spanned over a decade. Following his playing career, Smith has also enjoyed a television career as a football pundit and commentator. An ideal football speaker for events, Alan Smith is an expert of his field thanks to a lifetime spent in the sport as both player and pundit.
Starting his career at non-league Alvechurch in Worcestershire, Alan signed on with Leicester City in the summer of 1982. Scoring 13 goals in partnership with Gary Lineker in his first season, Smith was a crucial part of the Leicester City team that won promotion to the First Division. Alan Smith spent five seasons with the club, making 217 appearances and scoring 84 goals.
Transferring to Arsenal in 1987, Smith’s first goal came at Highbury during a game in which he went on to score a hat-trick. In just his first season with the Gunners, Smith went on to lift the League Cup in 1987 followed by scoring the first goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at Anfield in May 1989 which saw them lift that season’s League Championship title. With Arsenal, Alan then went on to win another League Cup in 1991 as well as a First Division League title and FA Cup Double two years later. Smith also struck the solitary goal in Arsenal’s 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final victory against Parma.
Alan Smith was Arsenal’s top scorer for four consecutive seasons and the First Division top scorer of the 1988–89 season with 23 goals. As a result we won the Golden Boot and won the accolade again in 1991. Smith enjoyed huge success with the club whilst at and away from Highbury, Alan Smith scored a total of 115 goals for Arsenal. All in all, Smith has been ranked at 27th within the club’s listing of the 50 greatest Gunners of all time.
Discussing what it takes to be a professional footballer, Alan is an intriguing football speaker who brings a selection of interesting topics around the subject of the game.
Receiving just one yellow card in the entirety of his fourteen-year career, Smith was the consummate professional and exudes tremendous discipline. A consistent achiever of peak performance, Alan describes attributes as a football speaker related to both sporting and business environments.
A regular co-commentator and studio pundit for Sky Sports, Alan Smith has commentated on some of the biggest games of recent times, including the 2011 Champions League Final. Taking up commentary duties for the world renowned FIFA game series, Smith is a leading voice in every addition since FIFA 12 proving his onscreen popularity by being selected feature heavily in one of the world’s bestselling console games.
An excellent professional, Alan enjoys participating in question and answer sessions as well as giving talks as a football speaker. A prolific domestic footballer, Alan Smith also represented England making 13 international appearances bolstering his already impressive credentials as a football speaker. An idyllic addition to any event, Alan Smith is available to hire as a football speaker and is certain to leave guests thoroughly entertained at any event or function.