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Ex-EFL turned non league player suffers fractured skull and bleed of the brain

Messages of support have be made to ex-EFL turned non league player Martin Smith after he suffers a fractured skull and a bleed of the brain.

The 28 year old had an accident last week following a scheduled hernia operation, and had a serious and worrying fall.

Thankfully he has since been discharged but will be out of action for a long while so that he can recover for an appropriate amount of time before returning to the pitch again.


South Shields Football Club would like to issue an update on Martin Smith following an accident last week.

Smith had a planned hernia operation at Nuffield Health in Middlesbrough.

The surgery was a success, however whilst in hospital, he had a serious fall and was transferred to James Cook Hospital.

Sadly, he had suffered a fractured skull and a bleed of the brain.

Martin has since spent a number of days in hospital and thankfully has now been discharged,

Given the circumstances, the midfielder will be ruled out for a number of months but will make a full recovery.

The Club will issue further updates appropriately.

Smith’s professional journey began with Sunderland, but he also had a brief stint on loan with non league Gateshead in November 2015.

In March 2016, he signed for Carlisle United in a loan spell until the end of the 2015-16 season, making his professional debut in a draw against Wycombe Wanderers.

Later, on the 24th of June 2016, Smith made a move to Kilmarnock, signing with the Scottish Premiership outfit.

After spending a season there, he then joined Coleraine, a club in the NIFL Premiership, in July 2018.

His transfer to Swindon Town followed in July 2018, thanks to a recommendation from assistant manager Neil McDonald, who had been overseeing operations in Ireland during Smith’s time at Coleraine.

But, Smith’s stay at Swindon Town ended come the end of the 2018-19 season when he was released.

In July 2019, he embarked on a new chapter by joining Salford City on a two-year contract, and in November of the same year, he went on loan to Chorley until January 2020.

In January 2021, it was announced that Smith and Salford City had mutually agreed to part ways. and he shortly after signed with Chesterfield, in the National League.

In July 2021, he made a move to Hartlepool United, but that came to an end at the end of the 2021-22 season, as he was released by the club. During his time there, he made 15 appearances in various competitions.

Then came South Shields in June 2022, where he has stayed ever since playing 85 games and has 5 goals to his name.


Youth career
2012–2014 – Sunderland

Senior career
2014–2016 – Sunderland
2015 β†’ Gateshead (loan) – 2 games (0 goals)
2016 β†’ Carlisle United (loan) – 2 games (0 goals)
2016–2017 – Kilmarnock – 12 games (1 goal)
2017–2018 – Coleraine – 27 games (1 goal)
2018–2019 – Swindon Town – 13 games (0 goals)
2019–2021 – Salford City – 12 games (0 goals)
2019–2020 β†’ Chorley (loan) – 19 games (0 goals)
2021 – Chesterfield – 12 games (0 goals)
2021–2022 – Hartlepool United – 15 games (0 goals)
2022– South Shields – 85 games (5 goals)

As mentioned, more messages of support was sent after hearing that ex-EFL turned non league player Martin Smith suffers a fractured skull and a bleed of the brain…

@TheDB30: Wishing Martin a speedy recovery

@m155_bem: Really sorry to hear this. All the best Martin, hope your recovery goes well. πŸ™

@Sandance1888: Get well soon soon Martin πŸ‘

@NickB_UTI: Hope you make a full and speedy recovery from a Scunny fan πŸ™πŸ’œπŸ©΅

@KevWilson19: Speedy Recovery My Mate

@UTM_Mariners: Best wishes and hoping for a speedy recovery.

@pjkssfcfan: Well soon Martin smith

@Gingerheed: Speedy recovery Martin

@SAFCsharpy: Speedy recovery Martin

@_JakeC91: Speedy Recovery, Martin. We’re all rooting for you.

@howaythepeth: Wishing him all the best and a full recovery.

@klumprigholprig: Get well soon Martin ❀️

@Louise1992C: Speedy recovery Smudge ❀️

@dringo1234: Best wishes Martin… get well soon!!🀞 ❀️

@w_procter18: Speedy recovery Martin

@Nathandenton2: Get well soon ❀️

@IsaacHUFC: Speedy Recovery Martin πŸ™

@macpherson_p: Get well soon Martin..πŸ™πŸ»

@17101986_BD76RJ: Best wishes to Martin, speedy recovery πŸ™πŸ»

@1908pools: Speedy recovery

@Markcullen21: Speedy recovery smudge pal ❀️

@KarenSk26370278: So sorry to hear that get well soon πŸ™

@carty_pools: Get well soon

@keaneblack3: get well soon martin ❀️

@Nathan26473: Get well soon smudge! πŸ€πŸ‘ Look after yourself ☺️😊

@jettight19: Oh wow get well soon Martin

@_TenPinBen_: Get well soon, Smudge πŸ™

@ElCapitano579: Get well soon buddy πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

@danielprince18: Get well soon, legend πŸ™β€οΈ

@hufc_paul: Speedy recovery

@AnthonyLaveric3: Get well mate

@GTFCForum: Everyone at GTFC Forum would like to extend our well wishes to Martin Smith and wish him a full recovery. UTM

@Anth_Hall13: Get well smudge

@JoeToonMad1: Best of luck in recovery Smudge!!! Everyone is behind you and we are looking forward to seeing you back at the 1st Cloud arena.

@lucaseriea: πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

@JMW0333: All the best in your recovery mate

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