Former Watford striker Allan Smart turns 40 today

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Monday, July 8, 1974

Allan Smart was born in Perth, Scotland.

His Watford career after joining the club in 1998 encompassed only 50 starts but several highlights, not least the hugely emotional conclusive goal in the 1999 Championship play-off final and the winner against Chelsea at Vicarage Road the following season. He missed much of that season due to injury, to Watford's detriment.

A hastily-submitted transfer request in 2001 confirmed the end of his time in Hertfordshire; his subsequent career proved nomadic, encompassing a large number of clubs, none of whom afforded him anywhere near as many games as he enjoyed at Vicarage Road.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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7:44am Tue 8 Jul 14

tommy gunn says...

Who remembers the incident up the Vic road end when Alan felled a bloke with a beautiful right hander just as a corner was about to be taken. It seemed to be the start of our run in that took us to Wembley .Can't quite remember who we were playing that night.
Who remembers the incident up the Vic road end when Alan felled a bloke with a beautiful right hander just as a corner was about to be taken. It seemed to be the start of our run in that took us to Wembley .Can't quite remember who we were playing that night. tommy gunn
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9:00am Tue 8 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

tommy gunn wrote:
Who remembers the incident up the Vic road end when Alan felled a bloke with a beautiful right hander just as a corner was about to be taken. It seemed to be the start of our run in that took us to Wembley .Can't quite remember who we were playing that night.
I think it was David Kelly of Tranmere.

A game where we finished with 9 players and GT made a then rare event of 3 subs in one go, which had the Trannies confused. A 2-1 win starting the run in to promotion and the Tommy Mooney purple patch.

Kelly punched Smart, with a full right arm swing and all the ref saw was Smart then punching Kelly.

Kelly a nasty piece of work got away with it yet again.
[quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: Who remembers the incident up the Vic road end when Alan felled a bloke with a beautiful right hander just as a corner was about to be taken. It seemed to be the start of our run in that took us to Wembley .Can't quite remember who we were playing that night.[/p][/quote]I think it was David Kelly of Tranmere. A game where we finished with 9 players and GT made a then rare event of 3 subs in one go, which had the Trannies confused. A 2-1 win starting the run in to promotion and the Tommy Mooney purple patch. Kelly punched Smart, with a full right arm swing and all the ref saw was Smart then punching Kelly. Kelly a nasty piece of work got away with it yet again. gloryhornet4
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10:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

Hornankey says...

Smarty and Nicky Wright were great acquisitions from Carlisle. Gave us some exciting times - never forget their goals at Wembley. Smarty was was a fighter - always gave 100%, never gave up!
Smarty and Nicky Wright were great acquisitions from Carlisle. Gave us some exciting times - never forget their goals at Wembley. Smarty was was a fighter - always gave 100%, never gave up! Hornankey
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10:07am Tue 8 Jul 14

tommy gunn says...

Thanks for that Glory hornet, far better memory than mine.!
Thanks for that Glory hornet, far better memory than mine.! tommy gunn
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9:35pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Oxford-Away-1992 says...

"Watford are in the Premiership" from the commentator and the look on his face when he scored...Cheers Allan!
"Watford are in the Premiership" from the commentator and the look on his face when he scored...Cheers Allan! Oxford-Away-1992
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