Harsh? Maybe. I remember when we signed Sam Smith, it felt a lot like when we signed Gavin Gordon. Exciting young striker rated highly by the club he leaves arrives at City with a bit of a reputation. Gavin Gordon went on to live up to that reputation and wound up getting a big-money move to Cardiff. Sam Smith scored seven goals in a terrible season for us and left for free, eventually winding up at Brackley.
Smith didn’t have a terrible season for City, he bagged seven from just 18 starts and was our leading scorer, but he didn’t directly influence games and of his goals, two came in the first six days of the season and two more in a two-minute spell away at Alfreton. we were bad, and none of the strikers really lived up to the hype that first season, but Smith was the bright young hope, the energetic player who scored our opening goal of the campaign and on whom we pinned our hopes. I’m not sure what faded worse – our hopes, or Smith, who only scored once after Bonfire Night 2011.