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Smithy

Post by Baz » Thu May 09, 2019 3:27 pm

Matt Smith will be sadly missed. Over the years, he's been a true servant of the club, able to step in to cover for injuries to centres (of which we could still be short). All the best for the future Matt.

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Re: Smithy

Post by mol2 » Thu May 09, 2019 4:04 pm

A stalwart of the club.
At his best in his early years on the wing but played much of his career at centre because that was what was needed of him.

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Re: Smithy

Post by jgriffin » Thu May 09, 2019 4:16 pm

Remember us playing Ulster at the height of Trimble's powers. I think Trimble got one run all match as Smithy did an awesome 1-on-1 on him, every time he got the ball....Crunch!
A truly great servant and far better than any used to credit. He DID pass the ball now and again, which is more than Danny did.
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Re: Smithy

Post by Big Dai » Thu May 09, 2019 4:52 pm

All the best Matt, and hopes for an interesting and absorbing future. Always admired your grit and determination. You'll be missed.
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Re: Smithy

Post by Dangerous4 » Thu May 09, 2019 5:13 pm

A great club player. Thanks, and good luck to you. :smt023

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Re: Smithy

Post by JWM » Thu May 09, 2019 5:54 pm

A sad day, but perhaps not too surprising as Matt has got to 'that sort of age'.

What a great and loyal career! 14 years, 227 games, 30 tries, with Dosser the first dad/son to make 100 and 200 appearances, Play Offs, Finals, 3x Prem winning team member, a memorable centre partnership with Ant Allen, and playing so many other legendary Tigers 3/4s and other players. Never shy to get stuck in to tackles, rucks and mauls as required. Never less than committed. Going out with his boots on. And now following Ant to be a fantastic role model for the up and coming lads in the Academy.

Thanks, Smithy, and best wishes to you and your family. 👏🏉🐯
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Re: Smithy

Post by Ian Cant » Thu May 09, 2019 6:02 pm

Brilliant servant to the club. Lots of great memories but will recall one older one and one recent one :
V Saints at home when we were in our pomp and Smithy ripping the ball out of their centre’s hands, or was it Hartley, some 30 metres or so out and storming down the wing to score in a great home win.
Secondly, this season’s home game v Sarries when he raced onto a kick through and turned on the old gas to score in a good comeback but not a win.
Glad he will be coaching the Academy lads, if that’s true.
Will have great pleasure cheering him in the last home game v Bath.

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Re: Smithy

Post by mothy » Thu May 09, 2019 6:18 pm

Great club servant who always exhibited the very best on and off the field.
All we can do is give him a good send off and wish him all the best in his future endeavours

A real Tiger !!

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Re: Smithy

Post by 1989Tiger » Thu May 09, 2019 8:53 pm

A true Tigers legend!

Thanks for everything Smithy. A player we could always rely on to slot into the team and give a performance.

Good luck in your Academy Head Coach role. What a person for our youngsters to look up to.

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Re: Smithy

Post by sam16111986 » Thu May 09, 2019 9:42 pm

https://youtu.be/j-LHDY_vxMk

The try 30 seconds in sums up Matt Smith for me. Carries Ashton over the line from 15m out. Mr 110%. Sadly there's no montage of the 100s of tackles he's put in to keep us in games.

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Re: Smithy

Post by wellstiger » Fri May 10, 2019 6:15 am

mothy wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:18 pm
Great club servant who always exhibited the very best on and off the field.
All we can do is give him a good send off and wish him all the best in his future endeavours

A real Tiger !!
+1 :smt038 :smt038

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Re: Smithy

Post by voice of the crumbie » Fri May 10, 2019 8:50 am

This one's my favourite. Not just for Smithy's try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLaZbXoQkLE

Very pleased he's still going to be around to inspire the youngsters. A Tiger through and through. Thanks Matt :smt038
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Re: Smithy

Post by fortysix » Fri May 10, 2019 9:08 am

One of the top ten all time great servants and players of our Club..

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Re: Smithy

Post by fentiger » Fri May 10, 2019 9:12 am

voice of the crumbie wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 8:50 am
This one's my favourite. Not just for Smithy's try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLaZbXoQkLE

Very pleased he's still going to be around to inspire the youngsters. A Tiger through and through. Thanks Matt :smt038
Also reminds me of just how useful Crowbar was.... :smt023

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Re: Smithy

Post by Soggypitch » Fri May 10, 2019 1:15 pm

wellstiger wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 6:15 am
mothy wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:18 pm
Great club servant who always exhibited the very best on and off the field.
All we can do is give him a good send off and wish him all the best in his future endeavours

A real Tiger !!
+1 :smt038 :smt038
+2 :smt039 :smt038
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