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Reds wish Ex-Captain Jimmy Smith all the best in his retirement from the game

29 May 2021

Crawley Town Football Club would like to wish Jimmy well in his retirement from professional football after the news was announced earlier this week. 

Jimmy was a loyal servant to the club playing between 2014-2019 in West Sussex after his move from Stevenage. The midfielder started his career at Chelsea fifteen years ago before he spent time out on loan at the likes of Norwich City, Queen’s Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.

Smith then spent four years at Leyton Orient before enjoying a year in Hertfordshire for Stevenage. Smith joined the Reds as a free agent in 2014 after Manager John Gregory knew of him from his time at Queen’s Park Rangers.

On Jimmy’s arrival, Gregory said: “He's an aggressive, energetic midfield player and I like his attitude. He's a warrior and he galvanises the players around him.

"He's got a lot of experience at this level and I think he's capable of even more and I'm delighted he's coming to Crawley because I think he can really improve our squad."

Jimmy only scored twice in the league across his first two campaigns at the club but then managed to score 17 times in League Two between the 2016-17 and 2017/18 seasons, where he excelled as club captain under Dermot Drummy and Harry Kewell.

Some famous moments in a Crawley shirt included the hat-trick against Colchester United in a 2-3 away win and a superb brace away at Barnet in a dramatic affair in the 2017/18 season that was overseen by 196 travelling Crawley fans.

Chief Executive Erdem Konyar said: “Jimmy was a fantastic servant to Crawley Town Football Club and a brilliant captain. It was a pleasure to work with him and I wish him all the best for the future.”

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