It seems that whenever out captain plays anywhere in Yorkshire he gets the booing treatment – even at his former club Leeds United.
Alan Smith - booed when he plays in Yorkshire
As a former Leeds United player, Smith is an obvious target for other Yorkshire clubs but even after his move from Leeds United to Manchester United following the Yorkshire team’s relegation in 2004, he is also a target at Elland Road:
“I’ve been to Bramall Lane a number of times,” “As a Leeds fan it has good memories for me, it’s where we won the title in ’92.”
“I wasn’t there but I remember it well. It’s a fond memory, Gordon Strachan sitting on the advertising hoardings.”
“I’m sure as an ex-Leeds player I’ll get a good reception at Bramall Lane. I think all of the teams down there still see me as a Leeds boy.”
“I went to Huddersfield and they game me a nice welcome. Trouble is I get similar grief when I go back to Leeds now so there’s nowhere in Yorkshire that seems to like me.”
Smith’s finally living up to his reputation at Newcastle, after his firs two seasons, when he was very disappointing.
But the very way he plays, all out and with 100% absolute commitment, means he gets his fair share of yellow cards – and that has already happened this season.
Alan has missed two games already because of suspension, one for being sent off and one for accumulating 5 yellow cards.
“I’m getting more than I deserve. It’s been funny. The sending off at Cardiff, the ref later said I got that first yellow card wrong.”
“The booking at Forest, the ref came to me at half-time and said sorry, I got it wrong.”
“So what do you do? Maybe I have a reputation or I’m a marked man, who knows. But I’m not going to change after 11 years. It would be silly to try and do so.”
And Smith has also given his full backing to the appointment of Chris Hughton as permanent manager – again:
“I think everyone in the dressing room is happy with the decision. I think he’s got the job because of what he’s done in difficult circumstances.”
“Our lads have known Chris for a couple of years now and he is a very likeable man. It’s a strange thing to say because a lot of managers would do things differently to him.”
“Sir Alex (Ferguson) is a completely different character, the other end of the scale to Chris I suppose. But they both want similar things, they just go about it in very different ways.”
“In his own way he gets his point across. He is so enthusiastic and, you’d be surprised, but he is very forthright in telling us what he wants. He goes into everything with a fine toothcomb and wants everything done right. He’s not a shouter, but he’s got our respect.”
As we’ve said many times before, we want Chris to be ultra successful at Newcastle, and we’ll support the coaches and the players 100% – and try to ignore a certain clueless owner – who is still at the club.