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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2007, 10:27:43 PM »
And a bump to remind those who actually have a telly that Kelly will be on Jonathan Ross tonight

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2007, 10:58:11 AM »
And a bump to remind those who actually have a telly that Kelly will be on Jonathan Ross tonight

It was pretty funny, particularly the dressing room gag, which I won't repeat here, ha.....


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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2007, 12:27:40 PM »
Knowing how shy Kelly is I thought she did very well, glad she got the fixtures in.
The BBC have lost the contract for England Ladies to ITV (which I presume will start next season or maybe after the Euros) so hopefully the BBC are going to get as much in as they can until it goes to ITV and lots more players will be seen on BBC shows.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2007, 02:57:38 PM »
Was great to see Kelly on the jonathan Ross show.Typical of a man to ask about what goes on in the changing rooms ::) I think she handled it well.It would be good to see more players doing interviews etc on tv.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2007, 04:34:25 PM »
I usually don't watch Jonathan Ross' show, but I made an exception on this occasion and recorded it. It seemed to go well for Kelly even though it is often said that she is quiet.

When the initial questions asked set the scene about how many players are there, how long is the match and how big are the goals in women's football. It does show how far the game has to go to be firmly in the minds of the audience.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #45 on: October 21, 2007, 04:46:51 PM »
Knowing how shy Kelly is I thought she did very well, glad she got the fixtures in.
The BBC have lost the contract for England Ladies to ITV (which I presume will start next season or maybe after the Euros) so hopefully the BBC are going to get as much in as they can until it goes to ITV and lots more players will be seen on BBC shows.

Maybe ITV will show more games on their didgy channels...ie ITV 4...


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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #46 on: October 21, 2007, 05:06:01 PM »
Maybe ITV will show more games on their didgy channels...ie ITV 4...

We will have to wait and see on that one. It might end up with the Cup final shunted off onto ITV4.

If the BBC wasn't paying Jonathan Ross £18 million over three years maybe they could have done more. No wonder they have a funding shortfall and will probably have to cut back on news reports and factual programmes.

Still, I suppose they had to pay that amount to capture this popular presenter.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #47 on: October 21, 2007, 05:29:42 PM »
I still can't get my head around the fact Kelly Smith was on a chat show!!

It's brilliant and a step in the right direction, I'm pleased Kelly wasn't shy and she held herself well  8) Mr.Woss did give some stick but you wouldn't really expect anything else  ;)

Well done to her for doing it, she's brave being on a show with some pretty big names and being a pretty much unknown person takes a lot of confidence  ;D


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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #48 on: October 21, 2007, 05:37:38 PM »
I still can't get my head around the fact Kelly Smith was on a chat show!!

I agree with what you have said. Without sounding cynical  ;) it was probably the appearance fee and free chance to push her sport that twisted her arm.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #49 on: October 21, 2007, 08:41:29 PM »
I still can't get my head around the fact Kelly Smith was on a chat show!!

I agree with what you have said. Without sounding cynical  ;) it was probably the appearance fee and free chance to push her sport that twisted her arm.

Definately! I'm pleased she made the right decision, by going on the show  8) Maybe in the near future we will be seeing just as many women's sports stars on tv like we do men  ;)


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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #50 on: October 25, 2007, 06:27:28 PM »
Smith enjoys status as favourites

Having reached the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-finals, England are hot favourites to qualify for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ from Group 1. Kelly Smith, hailed as one of the most exciting players in China, is taking nothing for granted but admits she is enjoying England's status as one of the game's giants.

'Favourites'
"It’s great," said Arsenal LFC player Smith ahead of Saturday's fixture with Belarus in Walsall. "We've worked extremely hard to get into the position we're in. We're favourites, and all those teams are looking to knock us off." Therefore, with England having just one 4-0 win against Northern Ireland under their belts in the group, she is not looking two years hence to the finals in Finland quite yet. "That's way off, we're not looking to win anything, we’re just looking to play the next game," Smith added. "Obviously we're favourites to get out of the group, that's definitely possible. There's a long way to go. We have to qualify first."

China experience
Nonetheless, beating Argentina and drawing with both Japan and eventual winners Germany to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, where they lost 3-0 to the United States, captured the imagination of the English public and was a thrilling time for Smith and her squad-mates. "A great experience for all involved, we did ourselves proud out there," she said. "A little bit disappointed with the USA game, we let ourselves down, but no one expected us to do as well as we did so we have to take pride from that."

Adjusting
The only danger for Smith and the rest of the team is adapting to the reality of the everyday women's game. "I've struggled with it – you are playing in front of 30,000 and representing your country, and coming back and playing in front of 200 people," she said. "You experience such a high and you come back and it's quite tough to get going again."


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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2007, 07:09:39 AM »
An email conversation with footballer Kelly Smith: 'The leading players feel undervalued. Some feel like giving up'

Keeping Arsenal firing on all cylinders; Leading England towards Euro 2009; Raising profile of the women's game

England's qualifying campaign for the European Championship seems to be ticking along nicely. How confident are you that England will reach Euro 2009? Pretty confident – we're the favourites to get out of our group, which is a first. The Czech Republic and Spain have already dropped points and they're our main rivals.

How do you rate Spain, whom you play on next Sunday at Shrewsbury? Probably the toughest team in the group. We played them a few years ago and I scored twice but, like us, they've moved on since then.

Germany have dominated the Uefa Women's Championship since 1991, winning five of six tournaments, including the last four. What makes German women's football so strong? I don't really know how their league works, but their sides are always strong and well organised. I think there's a lot of grass-roots development there. They're favourites to win again but we drew 0-0 with them at the World Cup this year, which was a big result for us. I've played them a lot in my career and we're getting closer every time.

What's your abiding sentiment about losing 3-0 to the US in the World Cup quarter-finals: disappointment at not going further or satisfaction at getting that far? Disappointment, because we didn't play as well as we'd have liked to. The first goal was always going to be important. They got it from a set piece and we fell apart. Heads went down and you just can't do that.

You've had an exceptional year, featuring Arsenal's unique quadruple and the World Cup. Has the return to domestic matches been a downer? Yes, emotionally and physically. We won every honour last season, what's left? A number of Arsenal's England players are struggling, assessing their careers. Maybe the hunger's gone a bit. We've gone from the world stage to games like the recent 9-0 win over Cardiff in front of 100 people. From the highlight of your career to a bump to earth. But there are challenges ahead. We play Lyons on Wednesday in the European quarter-final second leg after only drawing 0-0 last week away.

Did you get a chance to do any sightseeing in China? What was the best and worst thing? No sights. We were there on business. It was the insides of hotels, and back on a plane at 5am the day after we went out. I saw one flea market, the hustle and bustle was interesting. The best bit was being part of the World Cup; the fans really got behind it.

There was controversy last week when your England team-mate Eniola Aluko said £40 per day for internationals on duty was unfairly low. Your thoughts? I agree. Senior players want more investment. The FA put £4.5m into grass-roots women's football, which is great, but the top players feel undervalued. Some have full-time jobs to allow them to play. Others have two part-time jobs. Would it be better to give up the football and earn a proper living? Some feel like that. We're elite players trying to compete and it's tough.

You played for Philadelphia Charge in the US in the only fully professional women's football league the world has known. That folded after three seasons in 2003 but a new eight-team league is due to start in 2008. What do you think about its long-term viability? Could it happen in England? It was disappointing that it folded but it was probably just too ambitious, too big. This time the business plan looks smaller, there's a strategic development, it should have a good foundation. As for England, I can't see it, not in the next five to 10 years. We need it, though.

As a one-time US resident and follower of sport in America, do you think David Beckham can raise football's popularity there? He's already raised it, hugely. He's got a great fan base wherever he goes. When I was in America, the MLS wasn't that popular. Even if you just look at all the extra tickets sold so far, Beckham's helped.

What is your proudest achievement in the game? What else do you have burning desire to win? Playing professionally in America. Playing in the World Cup and scoring four goals. And I want to retain the European Cup.

Vera Pauw, the Netherlands coach, said this year you were "the best player in the world". The former US coach, April Heinrichs, said you would have graced the American side at their best. Do you ever feel like moving to a country where women's football has bigger crowds and more money? Or does such a place not exist? It'll exist in the US next year. But at 29 I don't know if it would be the right move.

You're joint-15th favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Who do you think will win it? Will Arsenal Ladies win anything? Lewis Hamilton is the favourite and I can see why; he's done fantastically and as the only black driver. So he'll probably do it. But I'd like to see it go to Joe Calzaghe. I've heard we might be nominated for the team award. Just a nomination would be great.

A 29-year-old male England footballer with your record would have had at least one autobiography out by now. Any plans? And what's the best football book you've read? I'm going to sit down and talk to a publisher soon. I've got some stories to tell! Best book? Gazza's was good. His problems are such a shame but he was a wonderful footballer.

What are the most played tunes on your iPod? Leona Lewis's " Bleeding Love" and something by Nelly Furtado.

What is your most treasured possession? From my football career, my European medal.

Tickets for England vs Spain will cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions, by calling the Shrewsbury Town ticket hotline on 01743 273943

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* Born Watford, 1978.

* Position Striker.

* Clubs Arsenal (1995-96); Seton Hall University, US (1997-99); Philadelphia Charge (2000-03); New Jersey Wildcats (2004); Arsenal (2004-07).

* Awards Player of the Year; Newcomer of the Year (America, 1997); leading scorer 1998, 1999; had Seton Hall No 6 retired in her honour; only British woman to have played as a professional in US.

* Club honours Arsenal 2006-07 quadruple: Premier League, both domestic cups and Uefa Cup; Smith scored 30 goals in all competitions

* England 65 caps, 25 goals

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #52 on: November 19, 2007, 07:21:50 AM »
Womensfootball.eu member Xena is selling an Arsenal ladies signed shirt on Ebay signed by Kelly and the rest of the girls....

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #53 on: May 08, 2008, 06:51:46 PM »
Bump!

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #54 on: May 09, 2008, 06:16:41 PM »
Do you guys think that Kelly Smith will come to the US to play in the new league?!?!?
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« Reply #55 on: May 10, 2008, 11:09:04 PM »
Do you guys think that Kelly Smith will come to the US to play in the new league?!?!?

Hi, In a completely uninformed guessing sort of way. I'd say no.  ;)

I just feel that she is probably set up fairly well with Arsenal, and has done the USA thing before.

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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #56 on: May 12, 2008, 01:16:35 AM »
She did really good in the States! I've watched her many times over here play! On the us website it said prosective player K.Smith
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Re: Kelly Smith
« Reply #57 on: May 12, 2008, 02:23:09 PM »
We wanna keep her in the UK....would she find a team as good as Arsenal to play for?? ???

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« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2008, 05:30:29 PM »
She did really good in the States! I've watched her many times over here play! On the us website it said prosective player K.Smith

I'm sure that playing in the WUSA helped to develop her as a player. If it's the website I think you mean, then most of the squads from the World Cup were on there too. So I'm not sure if that really means that much.

But I'm sure they would like her, it's just a question of whether she would want to go and if the offer was good enough.

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« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2008, 04:04:46 AM »
I don't think the 'prospective player' postings on the WPS site are as much news or serious possibilities as it is 'interesting foreign players.'

It's a guess on my part, but I don't think she'll come back. In past articles, she talks about her time spent over her playing as a fond experience, but yet, she also talks about her deep depression when she was injured and couldn't play and how she was away from her family and all and how miserable she was. I'd think it would be hard to come back after rebounding from all of that.
 
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