Former Scottish footballer, Gordon Smith has now turned his hand to coaching whilst also becoming a director of the game and joining the after dinner speaking circuit. With a domestic career spanning more than 15 years, Gordon has amassed some of the most valuable skills as a sportsman in which he is able to relate to a variety of corporate audiences, sports and school organisations.
Kicking his career into motion when he joined Kilmarnock in 1972, Smith instantly captured the attention of Rangers with his undeniable talent as a forward and moved to the club in 1977. In only 98 appearances with Rangers, he managed to score a staggering 35 goals of which included the winning goal in the 1978 Scottish League Cup Final against Celtic.
Throughout his career, Gordon has played across eight different teams and has made 490 league appearances for teams including Manchester City, Oldham Athletic and Stirling Albion. With 117 goals and six international appearances, he has contributed to some of the most significant games including Brighton’s efforts at the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United and also became the top goal scorer for Manchester City in the 1984-85 season.
Since his retirement in 1988, Smith announced that he would be entering a career in management and very quickly secured himself the position of the assistant manager of St Mirren. He has also gone onto become a football agent who has represented the likes of Kenny Miller and Paul Lambert whilst simultaneously publishing his first autobiography entitled And Smith Did Score in 2005.
Most notably, Gordon has taken his incredible expertise within football to become the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association. As the catalyst behind the revolutionary 2009 Home Nations Agreement, he very quickly gained popularity amongst football fans as players such as Raheem Stirling became allowed to play for England. Recently he has made a return to Rangers as the Director of football where he assisted manager Ally McCoist.
With an abundance of experience, wisdom and charisma, Gordon Smith can deliver one of the most dynamic and compelling after dinner speeches that can hold the attention of even those with little to no interest in the sport. With an abundance of hilarious and insightful career anecdotes, he can both inspire and entertain at events of all varieties.