Smudger Smith: Why I refrain from stomping on old grounds
The Journeyman Pro
Monday 24 September 2012
In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs. The ultimate utility player, as his pace has diminished he has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.
I was impressed with Hugo Rodallega on his return to the DW Stadium this weekend. I think it shows a lot of class to not celebrate in front of former fans who were so good to you. I'm proud to say that not once did I celebrate on returning to an old stomping ground. Though admittedly, I didn't ever score.
To show respect like that takes integrity, which is sadly lacking in those players who dive. Like most people, I am bored of watching players simulating and trying to win penalties and think we need to clamp down with more yellow cards. I remember being in a nightclub with Jeff Winter and he told me that if somebody goes down easily then you should always put their name and number in your little black book.
It was good to see Oscar get booked for it and also David Luiz in the closing stages of Chelsea's game. His cynical attempt to win a free-kick could have been nasty as in throwing himself to the ground he caught Jonathan Walters in what could have caused serious injury. Nobody was anywhere near Luiz when he went down so no wonder the Stoke players were so livid.
It is a worry that referees aren't getting enough respect. I only caught a glimpse of the incident but Wigan captain, Gary Caldwell, was issued a straight red card and then just laughed in the referee's face. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Not only that but he refused to leave the pitch and played most of the game before being substituted. If this sort of behaviour is tolerated all hell is going to break loose on the pitch.
On a happier note, I'd like to congratulate Everton on their terrific start. It was a very impressive performance on Saturday and I wanted to give a report of what the atmosphere was like at their game in Swansea, but I wasn't at Liberty to say.
Latest in Sport
Manny Pacquiao secures $12.5m mansion by giving seller four tickets to 2 May fight with Floyd Mayweather
WWE WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of event
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
Manchester United transfer news: Chris Smalling and Phil Jones face uncertain future with contract renewal talks on hold
New Zealand vs Australia - Cricket World Cup Final preview: Kiwis must bridge a gulf to take world crown
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew