York City recall Jonathan Smith from Luton Town loan spell

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YORK City today recalled midfielder Jonathan Smith from his loan spell with Luton Town.

The 26-year-old, who scored in the Hatters' 3-0 win over Alfreton in Blue Square Bet Premier last weekend, will be available for Saturday's home clash with Bristol Rovers in npower League Two.

Smith rejoined City in the summer after a protracted move from Swindon Town, but he fell out of favour in the weeks before moving to Kenilworth Road.

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2:41pm Tue 11 Dec 12

tips says...

Good move hope he is now fitter and hungrier than earlier in the season.On his day Smith is a real powerhouse and can win those second balls in the midfield.
Good move hope he is now fitter and hungrier than earlier in the season.On his day Smith is a real powerhouse and can win those second balls in the midfield. tips
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2:44pm Tue 11 Dec 12

rogue84 says...

really hope this works out as i really rate him as a player. come on smithy, lets see the player from 2 years ago
really hope this works out as i really rate him as a player. come on smithy, lets see the player from 2 years ago rogue84
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3:01pm Tue 11 Dec 12

cityforthepremier says...

Good move by the club, goals from early games show Smiths link play with the front 3 to get the goals. Got a good feeling about Saturday!
Good move by the club, goals from early games show Smiths link play with the front 3 to get the goals. Got a good feeling about Saturday! cityforthepremier
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3:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

quakerwood says...

Great timing Gary good to see we can still upset Luton and their fans! Luton have top 4 game away at Newport tonight!!
Great timing Gary good to see we can still upset Luton and their fans! Luton have top 4 game away at Newport tonight!! quakerwood
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3:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

Providing he puts a shift in then yes, a good move. Does he really want to be here anymore though?
Providing he puts a shift in then yes, a good move. Does he really want to be here anymore though? Head of Bomber Command
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3:11pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ian923 says...

He is a good player but I hope his attitude is right after the comments he allegedly made at Luton.
He is a good player but I hope his attitude is right after the comments he allegedly made at Luton. ian923
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3:12pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ian923 says...

He is a good player but I hope his attitude is right after the comments he allegedly made at Luton.
He is a good player but I hope his attitude is right after the comments he allegedly made at Luton. ian923
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3:22pm Tue 11 Dec 12

TerryYork says...

He needs to apologise for sucking up to the non league club. Though only if he made them....which I'm not sure he did.

I mean, would you?

"I love playing in front of the 100 away supporters we take to most games more than 20 miles away, and losing to villages I've never heard of."
He needs to apologise for sucking up to the non league club. Though only if he made them....which I'm not sure he did. I mean, would you? "I love playing in front of the 100 away supporters we take to most games more than 20 miles away, and losing to villages I've never heard of." TerryYork
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3:26pm Tue 11 Dec 12

OLD - HEAD says...

The comments printed above seem to indicate that the fans are happy to see Jonathan Smith come back. Not so sure that the feeling will be mutual though.
The comments printed above seem to indicate that the fans are happy to see Jonathan Smith come back. Not so sure that the feeling will be mutual though. OLD - HEAD
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3:43pm Tue 11 Dec 12

cityforthepremier says...

I wouldn't believe too much of the suppposed comments that were made by him via a Luton tabloid, we aren't winning second balls & on his day he can do that, you don't become a bad player all of a sudden, this could be the lift we need, Coulson has been a huge loss, let's hope that this will drive us on again!
I wouldn't believe too much of the suppposed comments that were made by him via a Luton tabloid, we aren't winning second balls & on his day he can do that, you don't become a bad player all of a sudden, this could be the lift we need, Coulson has been a huge loss, let's hope that this will drive us on again! cityforthepremier
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3:52pm Tue 11 Dec 12

PhilipInYork says...

Probably not, and I for one hope he does show what we all know he's capable of.
Probably not, and I for one hope he does show what we all know he's capable of. PhilipInYork
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4:24pm Tue 11 Dec 12

TOMCODYYCFC2469 says...

Good move Gary class player on his day
hope he hits top form on saturday
welcome back.
Good move Gary class player on his day hope he hits top form on saturday welcome back. TOMCODYYCFC2469
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4:36pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bill bailey says...

TORRES was one of the best players in the WORLD.then Chelsea broke the players heart.but his white knight came to his rescue,BENITEZ,we all want to be wanted ,its not aways about money,
Who knows this could be the turning point the life of SMITH and CITY,forget
Luton ,and dont believe all you read,
down Luton way,just remember this would any city supporter like to be
watching BSP,football now ? they are,
Support your team and shout out loud
saturday. MERRY CHRISTMAS..
TORRES was one of the best players in the WORLD.then Chelsea broke the players heart.but his white knight came to his rescue,BENITEZ,we all want to be wanted ,its not aways about money, Who knows this could be the turning point the life of SMITH and CITY,forget Luton ,and dont believe all you read, down Luton way,just remember this would any city supporter like to be watching BSP,football now ? they are, Support your team and shout out loud saturday. MERRY CHRISTMAS.. bill bailey
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4:44pm Tue 11 Dec 12

THETELLEROFTALES says...

Hello flair28.

You must try and understand the animosity felt by many York fans to the Luton supporters. Having sharp coins whizzing past your face is an experience few will forget especially as there were many children in the York end.

On a lighter note, many in York were delighted when Smith returned to the fold. Effort and desire to win when on the field was often lacking from someone who had done well at Swindon.
Bit of an enigma really.
Will Luton get promotion this year?
It's very much in the balance but I don't think your gate figures will hold up too long if the Conference becomes your second home.
Hello flair28. You must try and understand the animosity felt by many York fans to the Luton supporters. Having sharp coins whizzing past your face is an experience few will forget especially as there were many children in the York end. On a lighter note, many in York were delighted when Smith returned to the fold. Effort and desire to win when on the field was often lacking from someone who had done well at Swindon. Bit of an enigma really. Will Luton get promotion this year? It's very much in the balance but I don't think your gate figures will hold up too long if the Conference becomes your second home. THETELLEROFTALES
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5:02pm Tue 11 Dec 12

RooBeck says...

This is a great opportunity for Jonathan Smith to impress the manager and stake a big claim for a regular start in the City side. Let's hope he takes it and plays in a manner that will provide us with more determination and drive and give us other options should our Plan A style not be succeeding! A good decision by GM and hope he has him in the starting XI for the Bristol Rovers game and that he is raring to go! COYR.
This is a great opportunity for Jonathan Smith to impress the manager and stake a big claim for a regular start in the City side. Let's hope he takes it and plays in a manner that will provide us with more determination and drive and give us other options should our Plan A style not be succeeding! A good decision by GM and hope he has him in the starting XI for the Bristol Rovers game and that he is raring to go! COYR. RooBeck
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5:49pm Tue 11 Dec 12

flair28 says...

THETELLEROFTALES wrote:
Hello flair28. You must try and understand the animosity felt by many York fans to the Luton supporters. Having sharp coins whizzing past your face is an experience few will forget especially as there were many children in the York end. On a lighter note, many in York were delighted when Smith returned to the fold. Effort and desire to win when on the field was often lacking from someone who had done well at Swindon. Bit of an enigma really. Will Luton get promotion this year? It's very much in the balance but I don't think your gate figures will hold up too long if the Conference becomes your second home.
I appreciate animosity towards Luton if we were playing you or if there were Luton fans on here stoking the fire but its simply a story about a player come back to York! Just think there must be better things to talk about amongst fellow York fans than slagging off Luton. And the racist undertones are nothing to do with Luton the club, he's just being a moron!
Will we get promoted? The league this season is awful so it's our best chance yet but I'm not confident from what I've seen so far. But, if we're playing badly and we're still up there, it could bode well. We have the best striker in the Conference by a mile in Andre Gray so fingers crossed. As for crowds, I've been expecting them to drop each season but season tickets went UP this year, so who knows. Seems like you boys will do Ok but not sure about the play-offs this season. Consolidate this year then see what happens next, I guess?
[quote][p][bold]THETELLEROFTALES[/bold] wrote: Hello flair28. You must try and understand the animosity felt by many York fans to the Luton supporters. Having sharp coins whizzing past your face is an experience few will forget especially as there were many children in the York end. On a lighter note, many in York were delighted when Smith returned to the fold. Effort and desire to win when on the field was often lacking from someone who had done well at Swindon. Bit of an enigma really. Will Luton get promotion this year? It's very much in the balance but I don't think your gate figures will hold up too long if the Conference becomes your second home.[/p][/quote]I appreciate animosity towards Luton if we were playing you or if there were Luton fans on here stoking the fire but its simply a story about a player come back to York! Just think there must be better things to talk about amongst fellow York fans than slagging off Luton. And the racist undertones are nothing to do with Luton the club, he's just being a moron! Will we get promoted? The league this season is awful so it's our best chance yet but I'm not confident from what I've seen so far. But, if we're playing badly and we're still up there, it could bode well. We have the best striker in the Conference by a mile in Andre Gray so fingers crossed. As for crowds, I've been expecting them to drop each season but season tickets went UP this year, so who knows. Seems like you boys will do Ok but not sure about the play-offs this season. Consolidate this year then see what happens next, I guess? flair28
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5:54pm Tue 11 Dec 12

uhtred says...

Never understood why he went on loan in the first place after the chasing we did for him in the summer, nor why he was dropped. He played in the same style as when we had him in the conference, so if GM did not like his style of play why did he buy him?
Is this in fact a change of tactic by GM, a realisation that the passing game needs to be supplemented by blood, sweat and tears.
I fear though that such a change, although a sensible one, in itself will not be enough until we get a bigger front man to win headers and turn chances into goals.
Never understood why he went on loan in the first place after the chasing we did for him in the summer, nor why he was dropped. He played in the same style as when we had him in the conference, so if GM did not like his style of play why did he buy him? Is this in fact a change of tactic by GM, a realisation that the passing game needs to be supplemented by blood, sweat and tears. I fear though that such a change, although a sensible one, in itself will not be enough until we get a bigger front man to win headers and turn chances into goals. uhtred
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6:10pm Tue 11 Dec 12

eborexile says...

We met many Luton "Gents" after the play-off final. Flair28 seems to also fall into that category.
I'm sure a lot of us continue to look with interest at the results in BSP -probably because we still know more about the teams down there. If we keep our collective nerve I don't think we will be travelling back to some of old haunts. Luton do have one of the best strikers in Gray and one man may just tip the balance. However I think flair is right we don't need to be obsessed with the Hatters any more. At least not until and unless we're in the same division.
For us -we're all hoping we'll click into form but last season we also had periods where fluidity was lacking. The same negative prejudices were being expressed about players but we came good. I'm not saying coming good will lead to the same ultimate result this term but we are on a learning curve. Part of that learning curve will be to assess whether players have further potential for improvement. I'm sure some will have better second halves to the season others will be moved on sooner or later.
It will be interesting to see whether Gateshead's new boss will want to extend Bullock's loan or whether he too will be returning. Hopefully both with points to prove.
We met many Luton "Gents" after the play-off final. Flair28 seems to also fall into that category. I'm sure a lot of us continue to look with interest at the results in BSP -probably because we still know more about the teams down there. If we keep our collective nerve I don't think we will be travelling back to some of old haunts. Luton do have one of the best strikers in Gray and one man may just tip the balance. However I think flair is right we don't need to be obsessed with the Hatters any more. At least not until and unless we're in the same division. For us -we're all hoping we'll click into form but last season we also had periods where fluidity was lacking. The same negative prejudices were being expressed about players but we came good. I'm not saying coming good will lead to the same ultimate result this term but we are on a learning curve. Part of that learning curve will be to assess whether players have further potential for improvement. I'm sure some will have better second halves to the season others will be moved on sooner or later. It will be interesting to see whether Gateshead's new boss will want to extend Bullock's loan or whether he too will be returning. Hopefully both with points to prove. eborexile
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7:33pm Tue 11 Dec 12

goreds says...

Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ?
I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like.
Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City !
Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ? I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like. Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City ! goreds
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9:24pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bill bailey says...

goreds wrote:
Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ?
I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like.
Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City !
Sorry you think parents reflect the ugly side of football,do you think it might be people like you making comments like that,that harms the grass roots of the game, I watch it every Sunday reporting on Rufforth under 10s. never seen anything but sportsmanship with the boys the coaches and parents ,its always a pleasure to sit in the freezing cold or sunny mornings and watch the play their hearts out. YOU SHOULD TRY
IT SOMETIME,,MERRY CHRISTMAS
[quote][p][bold]goreds[/bold] wrote: Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ? I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like. Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City ![/p][/quote]Sorry you think parents reflect the ugly side of football,do you think it might be people like you making comments like that,that harms the grass roots of the game, I watch it every Sunday reporting on Rufforth under 10s. never seen anything but sportsmanship with the boys the coaches and parents ,its always a pleasure to sit in the freezing cold or sunny mornings and watch the play their hearts out. YOU SHOULD TRY IT SOMETIME,,MERRY CHRISTMAS bill bailey
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9:29pm Tue 11 Dec 12

henleazeyorkie says...

bill bailey wrote:
goreds wrote:
Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ?
I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like.
Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City !
Sorry you think parents reflect the ugly side of football,do you think it might be people like you making comments like that,that harms the grass roots of the game, I watch it every Sunday reporting on Rufforth under 10s. never seen anything but sportsmanship with the boys the coaches and parents ,its always a pleasure to sit in the freezing cold or sunny mornings and watch the play their hearts out. YOU SHOULD TRY
IT SOMETIME,,MERRY CHRISTMAS
I think generally that's right Bill re parents, but there are exceptions which is a sad example to the kids

Incidentally, could have sworn Duffy posted earlier. A shrinking thread methinks
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goreds[/bold] wrote: Football forums and parents at junior football - the ugly side of the game ? I've nothing against Luton - feela bit sorry for them even - its Leeds I don't like. Good luck to JS - a fresh start for him and City ![/p][/quote]Sorry you think parents reflect the ugly side of football,do you think it might be people like you making comments like that,that harms the grass roots of the game, I watch it every Sunday reporting on Rufforth under 10s. never seen anything but sportsmanship with the boys the coaches and parents ,its always a pleasure to sit in the freezing cold or sunny mornings and watch the play their hearts out. YOU SHOULD TRY IT SOMETIME,,MERRY CHRISTMAS[/p][/quote]I think generally that's right Bill re parents, but there are exceptions which is a sad example to the kids Incidentally, could have sworn Duffy posted earlier. A shrinking thread methinks henleazeyorkie
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9:16am Wed 12 Dec 12

Some old bloke says...

I see the Luton Town manager is blaming his team's lack of fight for their 5-2 defeat at Newport last night. In particular he missed Jonathan Smith, as well as Kovacs, who is suspended.
It sounds as if Smith has been making a solid contribution down there and hopefully he will carry that on for City on Saturday, assuming he's selected. It comes down to his mental attitude - if he really wants to play for us I think it could be a successful return. I just hope our fans react positively to him and give him that chance to redeem himself.
I see the Luton Town manager is blaming his team's lack of fight for their 5-2 defeat at Newport last night. In particular he missed Jonathan Smith, as well as Kovacs, who is suspended. It sounds as if Smith has been making a solid contribution down there and hopefully he will carry that on for City on Saturday, assuming he's selected. It comes down to his mental attitude - if he really wants to play for us I think it could be a successful return. I just hope our fans react positively to him and give him that chance to redeem himself. Some old bloke
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10:29am Wed 12 Dec 12

Sir Alex says...

Good move - now play him in the team!

Next - big centre forward and a commanding centre half. We need more muscle otherwise we'll be nowhere near play offs.

How are the mini season ticket sales going compared with previous years?
Good move - now play him in the team! Next - big centre forward and a commanding centre half. We need more muscle otherwise we'll be nowhere near play offs. How are the mini season ticket sales going compared with previous years? Sir Alex
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10:59am Wed 12 Dec 12

Phil, Leeds says...

Time will tell if Smith sees any future at York and whether he's good enough to hold down his place in any case.

Watching Bradford last night it was great to see a big centre forward with a skilful co-striker playing off him and how effective that is for them. Remembering the days when City used that method and it was often successful. I'm getting sick of our 451 formation at home - time for a change.
Time will tell if Smith sees any future at York and whether he's good enough to hold down his place in any case. Watching Bradford last night it was great to see a big centre forward with a skilful co-striker playing off him and how effective that is for them. Remembering the days when City used that method and it was often successful. I'm getting sick of our 451 formation at home - time for a change. Phil, Leeds
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12:57pm Wed 12 Dec 12

rick the artist says...

Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference
for seven years!
Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference for seven years! rick the artist
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1:38pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Tug job says...

rick the artist wrote:
Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference for seven years!
Worked for Stevenage, Crawley and Fl££twood though!
[quote][p][bold]rick the artist[/bold] wrote: Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference for seven years![/p][/quote]Worked for Stevenage, Crawley and Fl££twood though! Tug job
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4:37pm Wed 12 Dec 12

arsene.about.york says...

rick the artist wrote:
Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference
for seven years!
ok let's just carry on playing this tippy, tappy stuff that has brought Arsenal so much success over the last seven seasons and again last night. We do need a bigger, more physical player than Walker in attack and a commanding centre back. Roll on January.
[quote][p][bold]rick the artist[/bold] wrote: Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference for seven years![/p][/quote]ok let's just carry on playing this tippy, tappy stuff that has brought Arsenal so much success over the last seven seasons and again last night. We do need a bigger, more physical player than Walker in attack and a commanding centre back. Roll on January. arsene.about.york
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3:54pm Thu 13 Dec 12

YorkCityLuke says...

arsene.about.york wrote:
rick the artist wrote:
Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference
for seven years!
ok let's just carry on playing this tippy, tappy stuff that has brought Arsenal so much success over the last seven seasons and again last night. We do need a bigger, more physical player than Walker in attack and a commanding centre back. Roll on January.
We need a bit of both styles really. After seeing the best of the 'tippy tappy' style played last season (and occasionally this season), I never want to see another hoofball York City team again - but there are probably certain teams a more direct and physical approach would work better against.
[quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rick the artist[/bold] wrote: Yeh - lets return to the big boot - look how successful it was in the Conference for seven years![/p][/quote]ok let's just carry on playing this tippy, tappy stuff that has brought Arsenal so much success over the last seven seasons and again last night. We do need a bigger, more physical player than Walker in attack and a commanding centre back. Roll on January.[/p][/quote]We need a bit of both styles really. After seeing the best of the 'tippy tappy' style played last season (and occasionally this season), I never want to see another hoofball York City team again - but there are probably certain teams a more direct and physical approach would work better against. YorkCityLuke
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7:08pm Thu 13 Dec 12

arsene.about.york says...

I agree with you entirely about hoofball teams but, as we saw the other night with Arsenal all the possession in the world means nothing if you can't put the ball in the net. We don't have anyone who is prepared to get in the opponents penalty area and make a nuisance of himself. If we could get someone like that in January I would have no more worries about us finishing the season in the bottom half of this league.
I agree with you entirely about hoofball teams but, as we saw the other night with Arsenal all the possession in the world means nothing if you can't put the ball in the net. We don't have anyone who is prepared to get in the opponents penalty area and make a nuisance of himself. If we could get someone like that in January I would have no more worries about us finishing the season in the bottom half of this league. arsene.about.york
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