Liam Smith (footballer, born 1996)
Liam Smith (born 10 April 1996) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a defender for Dundee United. He has previously played for Heart of Midlothian, East Fife, Raith Rovers, St Mirren and Ayr United.
|Date of birth||10 April 1996|
|Place of birth||Dalgety Bay, Scotland|
|2010–2015||Heart of Midlothian|
|2014–2018||Heart of Midlothian||30||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ East Fife (loan)||21||(1)|
|2016||→ Raith Rovers (loan)||2||(0)|
|2017–2018||→ St Mirren (loan)||32||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:06, 14 December 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March 2019
Smith began his career as a youth player at Hillfield Swifts Boys Club, before joining Rangers aged 10. Having been released by Rangers aged 14, Smith joined Heart of Midlothian (Hearts). Smith signed a 2-year professional contract in July 2014, extending his stay with the club until at least 2016. Aged 18 he made his first team debut on 20 August 2014, in the second round of the Scottish Challenge Cup away to Livingston, playing from the start in a 4–1 loss. Smith made one more appearance that season before being loaned to Scottish League Two side East Fife until the end of January 2015. He made his league debut on 30 August 2014, against East Stirlingshire in a 3–1 win, with his first goal coming against Queen's Park on 20 September salvaging a 2–2 draw. Smith's loan deal was later extended until the end of the season. In all he made 23 appearances for East Fife, scoring once.
Raith Rovers loan
On 24 September 2016, it was announced that Smith had signed on loan at Raith Rovers for a month. He was recalled by Hearts on 29 October 2016.
St Mirren loan
On 14 August 2017, Smith signed a season-long loan deal with Scottish Championship club St Mirren. It proved to be a successful loan spell as Saints won the Scottish Championship, with Smith playing 34 games and scoring twice. Smith was also part of the PFA Scotland Championship Team of the Year.
Smith signed a one-year contract with Ayr United in August 2018.
On 16 April 2019, Dundee United confirmed that Smith had signed a pre-contract to join the club in the summer, agreeing a two-year deal.
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Heart of Midlothian||2014–15||Scottish Championship||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||2||0|
|East Fife (loan)||2014–15||Scottish League Two||21||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||23||1|
|Raith Rovers (loan)||2016–17||Scottish Championship||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|St Mirren (loan)||2017–18||Scottish Championship||32||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||34||2|
|Ayr United||2018–19||Scottish Championship||33||1||2||0||1||0||3||0||39||0|
|Dundee United||2019–20||Scottish Championship||17||0||0||0||3||0||1||0||21||0|
- Liam Smith at the Scottish Football Association
- "Hearts full-back Liam Smith loves his test of Methil". edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Edinburgh Evening News. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- "Hearts kids sign on until 2016 . ." heraldscotland.com. The Herald. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Hearts boss hopes fans understand decision to field kids in Livi defeat". sport.stv.tv. STV. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Livingston 4-1 Hearts". BBC Sport. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Hearts kid Liam Smith in East Fife manager's plans". thecourier.co.uk/. The Courier. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "East Fife bounced back from defeat by Albion Rovers with a comfortable win over East Stirlingshire". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "A late goal by defender Liam Smith snatched East Fife a point against Queen's Park at New Bayview". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Duo Extend Loan Deals". heartsfc.co.uk. Heart of Midlothian F.C. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Mixu Paatelainen's reign as Dundee United manager began with a hot-tempered defeat by Hearts, courtesy of Juanma's early penalty at Tannadice". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Liam Smith Arrives on Emergency Loan". raithrovers.net. Raith Rovers F.C. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
- "RRFC Official ✔ @RaithRovers_FC". Raith Rovers F.C. on Twitter. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "Liam Smith joins on loan". St Mirren FC. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- "Good night for the Buddies at PFA Scotland Player of the Year awards". St Mirren F.C. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- "Smith is latest signing". Ayr United FC. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- Crawford, Kenny (16 April 2019). "Ayr Utd full-back Liam Smith to join Dundee Utd on two-year deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Liam Smith at Soccerway. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- "Games played by Liam Smith in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2019.