2Michael Smith
Full nameMichael Smith
NationalityNir Northern Ireland
Rovers apps (goals)a66 (1)
Date of birth4 September 1988
in Ballyclare
Height5 ft 11 in
23 June 2011 from Ballymena United

Senior clubs
Ballyclare Comrades
Ballymena United
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 4/10/2013

Nothern Irish defender Michael Smith signed for Rovers ahead of the 2011–12 season from Ballymena United. It was something of a coup for The Pirates, as they snatched him from from under the nose of Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, who were also keen to sign him.

He made twenty appearances in League Two in his first season in Bristol, and scored his first goal in English football in the opening game of the 2012–13 season, a 3–1 defeat to Ipswich Town in the League Cup.

He established himself as a vital part of the Rovers lineup throughout 2012–13, and was one of the team's most consistent performers throughout the campaign, which culminated in him being offered a two-year contract extension and winning the club's Player of the Year award.


Michael started his senior footballing career with his home town team Ballyclare Comrades during the 2005–06 season, after having played youth football under the management of his father at Greenisland Boys Club. He picked up Ballyclare's young player of the year award in both the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, before in January 2009 IFA Premiership side Ballymena United paid a £5,000 transfer fee to take him to the Showgrounds. He remained there for two and a half years, picking up representative honours for the Northern Ireland under-18 schools team and Under-23 national team, as well as winning a clean sweep of his club's awards in the 2009–10 season and being named to the Northern Ireland Football Writers' team of the season the same year. Towards the end of this spell he had a number of trial spells with Kilmarnock but with no permanent manager in place they were unable to prevent Rovers from snapping him up in 2011.

Career statsEdit

  • N.B. Appearances for Ballyclare Comrades are given for all competitions, not just league games.
2005–06Ballyclare Comrades 10
2006–07Ballyclare Comrades 252
2007–08Ballyclare Comrades 391
2008–09Ballyclare Comrades 277
2008–09Ballymena United 120
2009–10Ballymena United 302
2010–11Ballymena United 343
2011–12Bristol Rovers 200
2012–13Bristol Rovers 381


  • Ballyclare Comrades young player of the year: 2006–07 and 2007–08
  • Ballymena United player of the year: 2009–10
  • Ballymena United players' player of the year: 2009–10
  • Ballymena United goal of the season: 2009–10
  • Named in Northern Ireland Football Writers' team of the season: 2009–10
  • Bristol Rovers player of the year: 2012–13

Record against RoversEdit

Michael has never played against Bristol Rovers.

Bristol Rovers Football Club Player of the Year
2006–07Steve Phillips2007–08Stuart Campbell2008–09Rickie Lambert2009–10Stuart Campbell
2010–11Stuart Campbell2011–12Danny Woodards2012–13Michael Smith

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