Simon Smith (footballer)
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Simon Smith Footballer

Simon Smith
Personal information
Full name Simon Timothy Gordon Smith[1]
Date of birth (1962-09-16) 16 September 1962 (age 57)[1]
Place of birth Newton Aycliffe, England[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978-1982 Newcastle United 0 (0)
? Whitley Bay 0 (0)
1985-1995[2] Gateshead 501 (0)
? Carlisle United 0 (0)
? Sunderland 0 (0)
? Newcastle United 0 (0)
Total 501 (0)
Teams managed
2016- Newcastle United (head goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Simon Timothy Gordon Smith is a former footballer and currently working as the head goalkeeping coach for Newcastle United. He replaced Andy Woodman, the last of former manager Alan Pardew's staff.


Playing career

Smith began his professional career with Newcastle United in 1978, spending four years there before moving on to Whitley Bay and then Gateshead, where he played 501 games, including a run of 405 games in a row, over a ten-year period.[1] He also signed as a non-contract player for Carlisle United, Sunderland and again Newcastle United.[3]

Coaching career

Smith returned to Newcastle United in 1993 as a goalkeeping coach, working firstly at the Centre of Excellence and latterly as Academy goalkeeping coach working with goalkeepers from the age of 8-19.

In the summer of 1999, Smith became first-team goalkeeping coach working under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson. He was Sir Bobby Robson's goalkeeping coach over a five-year period, coaching in the Premier League with goalkeepers Shay Given, Steve Harper, Lionel Perez, John Karelse and Tony Caig.[3]

On 16 September 2004 Smith handed in his resignation and left the club.[4] He was replaced by Roy Tunks.[5]

Smith has since worked for the Football Association as the goalkeeping coach to the England under-19 and under-17 teams and as a goalkeeping scout identifying and reporting on current and possible England goalkeepers. He has also worked as goalkeeping coach to the women's national football team.

After successfully completing a B.A. Sports studies degree in 1995, Smith also set up his own goalkeeping coaching company, Simon Smith Goalkeeping. In 2005, Simon Smith Goalkeeping joined forces with Bobby Charlton Soccer and Sports Academy to provide a specialist coaching programme and specialist staff.[6]

In 2006 Smith moved to Vancouver to undertake a year-long secondment to research the biomechanics of goalkeeping, during which time he worked as a consultant to the Canadian Soccer Association, working with the senior and under-20 national soccer team. He also worked in the MLS with Frank Yallop at the LA Galaxy, working with goalkeepers Steve Cronin and Kevin Hartman.[3]

On 17 July 2007 Smith joined Carlisle United as a part-time goalkeeping coach.[7] On 5 August 2008 he was replaced by Dave Timmins because the club wasn't satisfied with his only part-time involvement at the team.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Number One". Gateshead F.C. Supporters Club. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "HeedArmy Stats 1990-2000". Unofficial Gateshead Football Club Statistics Database. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Simon Smith". Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ "Goalkeeping Coach Quits United". 16 September 2004. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "United Appoint Goalkeeping Coach". 5 October 2004. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "About Simon Smith". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Goalkeeping coach joins Carlisle". 17 July 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ "Keeper coach sign up". 5 August 2008. Retrieved 2008.

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