Smelt, Lee

Birth Date

13th March 1958


Edmonton, England



Biographical Text

Working his way through the junior sides at Colchester United, Smelt gained his first full contract in July 1975.

He never made the first team though and then moved to Southern League, Gravesend and Northfleet.

He got another Football League chance with Nottingham Forest in June 1980 and made one league outing for them. He also played five games on loan with Peterborough United in 1981-82.

Moving to Halifax Town in October 1981, Smelt enjoyed the best spell of his career becoming their regular keeper and playing in 119 league matches.

He then joined Cardiff City in August 1984, where he added a further 37 league appearances.

Smelt was loaned by Cardiff to Exeter City in March 1985, and he played in the final 13 games of the season, the first of which was against his former club, Colchester United, at St James’ Park.

After leaving Cardiff City in the summer of 1986, Smelt signed for Maidstone United. His son Jack, also a goalkeeper later played for Ramsgate Athletic.

In 2018, he was a goalkeeping coach with the Charlton Athletic academy.




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