It was only when a day job working for kit suppliers led to a post-playing career shift from coaching to kitman that he tasted a bit of glamour: two cup final; one each with Longford and Shelbourne.“I was thinking this is a pressure game, all those people watching.Now every game is like that." The stakes are high and so too are the expectations.
When their kitman left, he suggested Smith send over a CV.
The club were playing Everton on the telly that night and Smith, who was pretty sceptical at first, mentioned it to his mates in a kind of “This’ll make you laugh...” sort of way as they watched in The Slipper. By this stage he worked for Macron where Johnny Fallon, kitman to the Irish senior team for 11 years, was his boss and he said the same thing.
A year or so on and if it wasn’t for the accent he could be taken for a Hawthorns lifer.
Smith has no shortage of stories to tell from his own playing days, 14 years of almost exclusively First Division football with various clubs in Ireland which he loved every minute of.
Call it a sort of footballing fairytale and The Slipper fits quite nicely as a starting point.