Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort talks to a former player about his Shamrock Park career:
NAME: Allan Smart
TIME WITH PORTS: One season (2006-2007)
CLUBS BEFORE PORTADOWN: Preston North End, Carlisle United, Watford, Oldham Athletic, Dundee United, Crewe Alexandra, MK Dons, Bury (is that enough!)
CLUBS AFTER PORTADOWN: Burscough and Southport
HIGHLIGHT AS A PORTADOWN PLAYER: Scoring the winner late on away to Glentoran at The Oval in December 2006. My eldest boy (Kian) was mascot that day. It was a great finish to the game as I got an injury-time winner in the 3-2 victory over the league leaders
BEST MATE AT PORTADOWN: Peter Kennedy - great lad, fantastic left foot! Top man!
FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Mickey Collins - great stories! Funny lad!
TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Gary McCutcheon - great ability to finish
PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: Kevin Pressman, John Convery, Peter Kennedy, Mickey Collins, Gary McCutchen
FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: Glentoran
PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: None. I didn’t get too obsessed
TOUGHEST RIVAL PLAYER: Linfield’s centre-backs
RIVAL PLAYER YOU MOST RATED: Gary Hamilton - he was a top finisher and could score goals from anywhere
TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glentoran
MODERN LIFE: I have studied since retiring and completed a BA Hons degree plus lecturing qualification. I currently work at football clubs and businesses delivering NVQ apprentice programs and BTEC qualifications. I work with BBC Lancs covering the Championship games, which I really enjoy.
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