Martin Foyle jubilant at landing his wing man Adam Smith

Adam Smith in action for City during his loan spell

Adam Smith in action for City during his loan spell

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City have signed Gainsborough Trinity winger Adam Smith for a small fee and he will go straight into the squad for tonight’s Blue Square Premier clash at Altrincham.

Smith, who has agreed terms until the summer of 2010, scored two goals in seven games during an impressive one-month loan stay with City before returning to Gainsborough early in the New Year.

Minstermen boss Martin Foyle expressed an immediate desire to secure his services on a permanent basis and, after prolonged talks, Gainsborough chairman Peter Swann has now agreed to a deal despite the Press understanding that Oxford United were also interested in the former Chesterfield player.

Foyle said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to capture Adam’s signature at last. He’s made it clear that he loves the club and wants to be part of my future plans.

“He could have gone elsewhere but he’s desperate to be part of the set-up here and is a great addition to the playing squad going into next season. He gives us pace and width and is eligible for tonight’s game.

“He’s not played for three weeks, though, so we’ve got to be a little careful on that front.”

Skipper Mark Greaves, meanwhile, could be missing for up to six weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered at Eastbourne on Saturday but Ben Purkiss will return at right-back following his stomach problem.

Foyle will also monitor David McGurk’s fitness today before deciding whether to recall the Press Player of the Year leader following his calf muscle injury.

If McGurk is unavailable, then Kyle Critchell is set to carry on in the centre of defence again after filling in for Greaves at Eastbourne. Foyle said: “Ben Purkiss is fine and will give us a bit of height which I think we need in the back four. He’s also good on the ball and in his build-up play, which we’ve been missing a little bit.

“We have new faces trying to work out each other’s game but I’m sure Ben will just slot back in. David McGurk is touch and go and we’ll know a bit more this morning.

“It’s a possibility that Kyle Critchell will play there again. That all depends on Dave.

“Critch played most of his career there for Weymouth and started out at Southampton in that position where he can give you mobility.”

Teenage striker Adam Boyes is also poised to make his full debut, having risen above the likes of Craig Farrell, Onome Sodje and Daniel McBreen in the pecking order for an attacking place alongside top scorer Richard Brodie.

Foyle added: “I think Adam’s ready now. He gave a good display on Saturday and held the ball up well, which we haven’t been doing well.

“He looked fresh and wants to run around so he’s given me food for thought.”

About the challenge of mid-table Altrincham, who drew 1-1 at table-topping Burton on Saturday but have lost their last three home matches and shipped ten goals in the process, Foyle said: “At home, when they are expected to go forward to try to win games, they have had similar problems to us so we need to start well.”


Altrincham (probable): Coburn, Lane, Young, McGregor, Doughty, Smith, Lawton, Densmore, Peyton, O’Neill, Johnson.

Subs: Ralph, Meechan, Hadfield, Denham, Danylyk.

City (probable): Ingham, Purkiss, Critchell, Parslow, Robinson, Brown, Mackin, C Smith, McWilliams, Brodie, Boyes.

Subs: Mimms, Kelly, Wilkinson, A Smith, Sodje.

Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire).

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10:25am Tue 27 Jan 09

Alan Fetish says...

From the bbc site: "Steven Hogg is still unfit".

Mais naturellement.
From the bbc site: "Steven Hogg is still unfit". Mais naturellement. Alan Fetish
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1:56pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Sir Alex says...

'We need to start well'

That has not happened for many a year!! I'm always happy with nil nil on 25 mins with City.

Predict we will go behind but win it once A Smith comes on for McWilliams, including a rare penalty. I like McW but midfielder he is not!



'We need to start well' That has not happened for many a year!! I'm always happy with nil nil on 25 mins with City. Predict we will go behind but win it once A Smith comes on for McWilliams, including a rare penalty. I like McW but midfielder he is not! Sir Alex
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2:10pm Tue 27 Jan 09

sixtyfourfive says...

I note the Press "probable team" above with Adam Smith starting on the bench based no doubt on comments of Martin Foyle re Smith not having played for 3 weeks - however surely we need 3 points tonight and need to go at Altrincham from the start.Starting with Mcwilliams seems negative (and hasn't ben very successful of late anyway) and we could end up chasing the game again.If we go behind we never seem to come back.
I note the Press "probable team" above with Adam Smith starting on the bench based no doubt on comments of Martin Foyle re Smith not having played for 3 weeks - however surely we need 3 points tonight and need to go at Altrincham from the start.Starting with Mcwilliams seems negative (and hasn't ben very successful of late anyway) and we could end up chasing the game again.If we go behind we never seem to come back. sixtyfourfive
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3:23pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Some old bloke says...

Even if Adam Smith is only half match-fit he'll be an improvement on some of the other options.
If Altrincham's floodlights are as good as last time (i.e not very) I hope City use their white strip so they we can see them (and they can see each other, assuming that that would be a good thing). I remember the match a couple of years ago when City played in all dark blue and watching the match involved quite a bit of guesswork.
I've just been overcome by a feeling of optimism and I keep seeing the scoreline
Altrincham 1 City 3 (Brodie, Boyes & A.Smith).
If I've got it right I'll do the lottery tomorrow, with the first million going to City.
Even if Adam Smith is only half match-fit he'll be an improvement on some of the other options. If Altrincham's floodlights are as good as last time (i.e not very) I hope City use their white strip so they we can see them (and they can see each other, assuming that that would be a good thing). I remember the match a couple of years ago when City played in all dark blue and watching the match involved quite a bit of guesswork. I've just been overcome by a feeling of optimism and I keep seeing the scoreline Altrincham 1 City 3 (Brodie, Boyes & A.Smith). If I've got it right I'll do the lottery tomorrow, with the first million going to City. Some old bloke
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3:28pm Tue 27 Jan 09

York_City says...

Agree with general oppinions above, do think city should start with mcwilliams at left back, drop robinson and put A smith on left wing....mcwilliams has come in for some stick lately, but as everyone says he isnt a left midfielder and so how can he be expected to play well there...kelly wouldn't play well up-front - same thing. Very pleased boyes looks like hes gonna start, dont think he will score but i think he will play well and get an assist.

Come on city every three points means we're one step closer to safety!!!

2-1 to city i reckon...what does everyone else think?
Agree with general oppinions above, do think city should start with mcwilliams at left back, drop robinson and put A smith on left wing....mcwilliams has come in for some stick lately, but as everyone says he isnt a left midfielder and so how can he be expected to play well there...kelly wouldn't play well up-front - same thing. Very pleased boyes looks like hes gonna start, dont think he will score but i think he will play well and get an assist. Come on city every three points means we're one step closer to safety!!! 2-1 to city i reckon...what does everyone else think? York_City
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3:29pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Yorkie69 says...

An excellent signing !! I`ll match some old bloke with the million !!
An excellent signing !! I`ll match some old bloke with the million !! Yorkie69
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4:48pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Bigstu007 says...

3-1 to city that idoit coburn in goal will fumble it- Anyone remember donal'dhio score past SO EASILY a while ago- such happy days.......

ONE LOVE ONE CITY COME ON BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!

Cluess escick City's no 1 fan
3-1 to city that idoit coburn in goal will fumble it- Anyone remember donal'dhio score past SO EASILY a while ago- such happy days....... ONE LOVE ONE CITY COME ON BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Cluess escick City's no 1 fan Bigstu007
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4:51pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Bigstu007 says...

Sorry lets be greedy 5-0!!!!!!!!!!!
ALSO if my other team LCFC beat the seagulls&go even clearer at the top it will be a fab eve

LFC S**T
Sorry lets be greedy 5-0!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO if my other team LCFC beat the seagulls&go even clearer at the top it will be a fab eve LFC S**T Bigstu007
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5:58pm Tue 27 Jan 09

paul stancliffe says...

WE CAN WIN THIS ONE TONIGHT, I LIVE NEAR WREXHAM AND WREXHAM FANS I HAVE SPOKEN TO CANT BELIVE WEVE TAKEN THESE PLAYERS ON LOAN,THEY SAID THEY ARE WELL SHORT OF BEING IN THERE TEAM AND ALSO SAID THAT MARTIN FOYLE DIDNT HAVE A CLUE AT WREXHM,SO COME ON LADS AND MR FOYLE LETS SHUT THESE PEOPLE UP.NEXT FEW MATCHES TO BRING CITY BACK TO WINNING WAYS, JUST WISH WE HAD PAUL STANCLIFFE AT THE BACK FOR US TONIGHT WITH THE ARMBAND ON,NOBODY WOULD TAKE THE CITY SHIRT FOR GRANTED WITH HIM ARROUND. COME ON CITY.
WE CAN WIN THIS ONE TONIGHT, I LIVE NEAR WREXHAM AND WREXHAM FANS I HAVE SPOKEN TO CANT BELIVE WEVE TAKEN THESE PLAYERS ON LOAN,THEY SAID THEY ARE WELL SHORT OF BEING IN THERE TEAM AND ALSO SAID THAT MARTIN FOYLE DIDNT HAVE A CLUE AT WREXHM,SO COME ON LADS AND MR FOYLE LETS SHUT THESE PEOPLE UP.NEXT FEW MATCHES TO BRING CITY BACK TO WINNING WAYS, JUST WISH WE HAD PAUL STANCLIFFE AT THE BACK FOR US TONIGHT WITH THE ARMBAND ON,NOBODY WOULD TAKE THE CITY SHIRT FOR GRANTED WITH HIM ARROUND. COME ON CITY. paul stancliffe
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