“I am going to miss football massively – if circumstances were any different I am sure I would have carried on.”

That was the reaction of Adam Smith, as the popular Lowestoft Town defender announced his retirement ahead of the final match of the season this weekend. After making more than 405 appearances for Lowestoft Town over the past decade, teammates past and present have paid touching tributes to ‘Smudge.’ Having signed for Lowestoft in July 2009, Smith predominantly played at left-back over the years but proved equally adept in left-midfield and centre-midfield roles.

Renowned for a ‘fantastic’ left foot, the former Norwich City reserves and Peterborough United product had two spells with Kings Lynn. He scored 22 goals for Lowestoft and has weighed in with many more assists over the years. In his first season at the club – the 2009/10 campaign – Smith played in 49 of Lowestoft’s 56 competitive first team games, and he never looked back.

His milestone 400th game appearance came last month during the home match against Rushall Olympic, and he marked the occasion with a memorable free kick. Manager Jamie Godbold said: “It is a phenomenal achievement. I remember his first goal for the club, and what could turn out to be his final goal a couple of weeks ago from the free-kick was identical to that first goal. I think he has had a really good career and his quality will be sorely missed.”

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