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Bally Smart

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Norwich Career: 2004 -2008 (1 appearance)
Current Club: Polokwane United (South Africa) (Owner)
Date of Birth: 27/04/1989 (Polowane, South Africa) 
Nationality: South African


South African striker Bally Smart, was offered a first year scholarship with Norwich's academy in March 2005, due to commence at the beginning of the 2005/6 season. He had impressed Ricky Martin and David Williams with good performances at Burnley in the F.A.Youth Cup and in the league encounter against Charlton. He joinedAlvin Quaye, Patrick Bexfield, Seb Muddel, Chris Martin and Michael Spillane as first year scholars.

Bally made his professional debut as an 86th minute substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on 17th Aprl 2007. He was named FONCY's Player of the Year for 2006/7 and was awarded his first professional contract with Norwich on 11th May 2007. Ricky Martin said “Bally certainly catches the eye when you see him play. He joined the academy at 14 and played first in a central midfield position, but more lately as a central forward or wide player. He has pace and directness and caught the manager's eye in the reserve team. "

At the beginning of September 2007, Bally was loaned to Milton Keynes Dons for three months. He made 11 appearances for them during this period

Bally was one of nine players released by Norwich on 6th May 2008, much to the despair of many followers of the reserve and youth teams. During 2007/8 he had not added to his one appearance for The Canaries.

On the 16th July 2008, Bally signed a two year deal with Greek Second Division side AO Kerkyra. Shortly beforehand, Smart made his debut for the South Africa Under-20 team in the two legged African Youth Championship qualifier against Reunion. Bally was then called up to represent his nation at the Metropolitan Cosafa Youth Championships which will be used as preparation for the 2009 African youth Championships.

Bally returned to England on 6th August 2010 signing for Charlton on non-contract terms. He left after one appearance

In March 2011 Smart joined Latvian champions Skonto Riga. He made his league debut against FB Gulbene-2005 on April 10th 2011. He departed Skonto Riga in May 2012

He joined Lowestoft in August 2013 but international clearance was not forthcoming and as of the beginning of October 2013, had not been received leaving Bally in limbo.

In 2012, Smart established Polokwane United Academy in his South African home town. The senior Academy team compete in the South African Second Division (3rd tier).

LINK: Bally Smart's entry on Wikipedia

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