Vital Football

Latest Chesterfield FC News

Former Spireite Becomes Youth Team Coach.

Former Spireite Becomes Youth Team Coach.

Mark Smith made over 510 league appearances in a seventeen-year career in the football league which included a loan spell at the Spireites in 1993 where he made 6 appearances scoring 1 goal.

Smith joined Lincoln City in 1993-4 season as youth team coach, after a season he moved to Notts County in a similar role. When Sam Allardyce was appointed manager he stepped up to become assistant manager.

He then joined the academy of his former club Barnsley in 1998, reaching the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2001-2 season, losing to eventual winners Aston Villa. The run saw them beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on penalties. The following season in 2002-03 they beat Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup, and finished runners-up in the FA Premier Academy Group B.

He Left Oakwell in June 2003 and became U19 Academy coach at Sheffield Wednesday his boyhood heroes in July 2003. He departed Wednesday in June 2006 following a review of their Academy structure.

He then spent a season at Ilkeston serving as coach and assistant manager to Nigel Jemson a former teammate at Notts County.

In October 2007 he became International youth director at Sheffield United, before moving into the role as a development coach for the club. This job involved working with the club's young professional Academy who were looking to force their way into the first team.

He departed the Blades in June 2011 and then went onto run a coaching school in Chapeltown for children aged between 6 and 11.

Welcome to the Proact Mark Smith, thanks for deciding to join us, I look forward to watching the Youth team this season.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Deano The Spireite
Date:Monday May 13 2013
Time: 5:20PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Chesterfield Articles

Officials - Chesterfield v Forest Green (21/11/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Chesterfield and Forest Green Rovers this Tuesday.

Stats: Chesterfield v Exeter City

All the stats from Chesterfield (1) vs (0) Exeter City, Proact Stadium, 18/11/17 Att: 5,195

BBC Report - League 2 Details For 2017

The BBC's Price of Football annual survey was released late last night, and their investigation shows that the price of League Two football has risen on average compared to 2016/17.

New Sky Bet Deal For The EFL

It was confirmed earlier today that the EFL had signed a new and improved sponsorship deal with Sky Bet.

Archived Vital Chesterfield Articles

Vital Chesterfield articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Chesterfield
Write For Vital Chesterfield
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bradford v Chesterfield
Suggested By:
Chesterfield win30%
Bradford win53%
Draw17%
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Chesterfield Results (view all)

Chesterfield Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football