Matt Smith: Half-Time Lord

Well it had to happen – the football-mad tabloids have got hold of Matt Smith’s record as a youth player for Leicester City, a great situation that was cruelly tarnished by injury.

Describing Smith as a "footy whizzkid" The Mirror have spoken to some of his former coaches.

Mick Raynor, ran Nottingham Forest’s youth scheme, where Matt Smith was a member of the under-13s side.

"Matt was a talented player. He was with Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson and Andy Reid who are all internationals now. That shows how highly we rated him."

Later on, Matt joined Leicester City, whose former coach Jon Rudkin recalls his determination.

"He was a central defender and we had high hopes for him. What struck everyone was how determined he was.

"He’d travel every day from Northampton. He was desperate to make it."

Not bad at all!  it just goes to show that a successful transition from football to acting can be made.

Who said Vinny Jones?!


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