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Published on January 10th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

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Matt Smith: Half-Time Lord

Well it had to happen – the football-mad tabloids have got hold of Matt Smith’s record as a youth player for Leicester City, a great situation that was cruelly tarnished by injury.

Describing Smith as a "footy whizzkid" The Mirror have spoken to some of his former coaches.

Mick Raynor, ran Nottingham Forest’s youth scheme, where Matt Smith was a member of the under-13s side.

"Matt was a talented player. He was with Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson and Andy Reid who are all internationals now. That shows how highly we rated him."

Later on, Matt joined Leicester City, whose former coach Jon Rudkin recalls his determination.

"He was a central defender and we had high hopes for him. What struck everyone was how determined he was.

"He’d travel every day from Northampton. He was desperate to make it."

Not bad at all!  it just goes to show that a successful transition from football to acting can be made.

Who said Vinny Jones?!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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