Matty Smith

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
23-07-1987
29
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Blackbrook ARL
12-03-2006 v Huddersfield Giants
Date unknown
Not Applicable.
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
Not Applicable
21 (2)
3
10
2
34

BIOGRAPHY

Matty Smith was a very smart scrum half who could always be relied upon when he was drafted into the first team, invariably when deputising for Sean Long. He possessed neat footwork, tactical awareness and an excellent kicking game. Matty made his debut in a tight away victory over Huddersfield on the 12th of March, 2006. He scored a try in his next game against Harlequins in the home 30 points to 24 league victory.

In 2007, injury to Sean Long enabled Matty to have an extended run of first team games at scrum half. He scored a try and kicked a goal in the 40 points to 12 win against Warrington at the HJ Stadium. He was also instrumental in sealing two points for the Saints in the home victory over Salford on the first of June 2007. In this match the scores were locked at 26 points apiece with only a minute to run in the match. Following a Saints drive the ball was switched back to Matty who slotted over a superb drop goal to send the crowd into a frenzy. At the end of the season Matty played in the Qualifying Semi Final against Leeds in a brutal encounter. Matty played his part in what is rated as the Saints best ever defensive display. Moreover, Matty kicked three vital goals as the Saints prevailed by 10 points to 8.

The 2008 season saw Matty feature in league games against Hull and Catalans Dragons. In the former match Matty kicked 5 goals and scored a try in a 30 points to 29 victory. In France he kicked one goal but it was not enough to seal victory for the Saints on this occasion.

During this year Matty decided to move on loan to Widnes to gain regular first team experience. This loan was then further extended to South Wales where Matty decided to ply his trade with the Celtic Crusaders when they were provided with a Super League franchise at the start of the 2009 season.

Matty returned to the Saints, from his loan spell at Salford, for the 2010 Grand Final run as injuries to half backs disrupted the team. Matty played in the 2010 Grand Final only to end up on the losing side.

After a remarkable career away from his hometown club Matty returned to the fold after captaining Wigan Warriors to a 2016 Grand Final success.

Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2006 1 0 0 5
20071 4 1 10
20081 6 0 2
2010 0 0 0 3
2017 0 0 1 1
TOTALS:3 10 2 21
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2005 0004
2006 2002
20081001
TOTALS:3007

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
26th Dec 2004 W 17 Leigh Centurions * Fr 2005 H 17 16 V
20th Jan 2005 W 20 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2005 A 22 16 V
2nd Feb 2005 W 20 Hull FC* Fr 2005 H 28 18 V
6th Feb 2005 L 7 Blackpool Panthers * Fr 2005 A 16 20 V
22nd Jan 2006 W 7 London Skolars* Fr 2006 N 42 14 1 V
28th Jan 2006 W 17 Widnes Vikings * Fr 2006 A 70 6 1 V
12th Mar 2006 W 14 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 18 16 V
6th May 2006 L 7 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 16 19 V
12th May 2006 W 17 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 H 34 22 V
14th Jul 2006 W 7 Harlequins RL SL 2006 H 30 24 1 V
19th Aug 2006 L 7 Catalans Dragons SL 2006 A 22 26 V
11th May 2007 W 7 Rochdale Hornets CCC5 2007 N 70 10 V
18th May 2007 W 7 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2007 H 34 14 V
28th May 2007 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 2007 A 40 12 1 1 V
1st Jun 2007 W 7 Salford City Reds SL 2007 H 27 26 1 V
17th Jun 2007 W 7 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2007 A 40 0 V
30th Jun 2007 W 7 Huddersfield Giants SL 2007 H 54 4 V
6th Jul 2007 L 7 Leeds Rhinos SL 2007 H 10 22 V
15th Jul 2007 L 7 Bradford Bulls SL 2007 A 4 10 V
17th Aug 2007 W 7 Salford City Reds SL 2007 A 32 20 V
28th Sep 2007 W 7 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2007 H 10 8 3 V
2nd Feb 2008 W 24 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats * Fr 2008 H 38 22 1 V
7th Mar 2008 W 7 Hull FC SL 2008 H 30 29 1 5 V
15th Mar 2008 L 7 Catalans Dragons SL 2008 A 10 24 1 V
10th Sep 2010 W 7 Warrington Wolves SLQSF 2010 H 28 12 V
24th Sep 2010 W 6 Huddersfield Giants SLQSF 2010 H 42 22 V
2nd Oct 2010 L 7 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2010 N 10 22 V
24th Mar 2017 W 7 Warrington Wolves SL 2017 H 31 6 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 14 OTHER 7 = 21
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 2 Subs) = 21

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