Our fifth player in our series of #LCQ archive players is Kelly Smith.
Perhaps the most famous English Womens player of all time, Kelly Smith has represented her country in 115 games scoring 46 goals since 1995. Beginning her career in England before moving to the US, in 1997, to study, and in doing so give herself a greater chance of playing professional womens football.
After playing for Senton Hall Pirates, Smith moved to the New Jersey Womens Stallions and spent one season with the side before she was drafted to the Philadelphia Chargers. Her time with the side was ravaged with knee injuries, and she eventually joined the New Jersey Wildcats. Her time with the Wildcats was again, hampered with injury following a leg break. She did managed 8 goals in 8 games however, and a homecoming was moving ever closer.
On returning to England, Smith signed with the Arsenal ladies side and began her most successful spell with any club to date. All in all Smith, recorded 100 goals in 112 games, and won everything the game had to offer, including the Women’s Premier League and UEFA Women’s Cup ( now the UEFA Women’s Champions League).
A move back to the USA beckoned following the re-formation of a a pro Women’s league. Smith was again drafted, this time to the Boston Breakers, but was under contract with Arsenal. She eventually decided to leave the club to return to the US. Injury again played a telling tale on her Breakers career, her third season she only managed 10 games.
In 2012, she signed back on with Arsenal.