Fulham striker Matt Smith has thanked his former Oldham Athletic coach Paul Dickov on Twitter for giving him a chance in football after he marked his 200th professional appearance in Saturday’s 4-2 win away at Barnsley.
Smith was plucked from non-league outfit Solihull Motors by the former Manchester City striker in 2011 after netting 12 goals in just 14 appearances in the Blue Square Bet North.
And the 6ft 6 ins targetman’s dream start to life in the professional game took an even more surreal twist sooner after, with Smith netting twice to inspire Oldham to a famous 3-2 win against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.
The Birmingham-born striker also netted a dramatic 95th minute equaliser against fellow Merseyside giants Everton in the following round, earning himself a career changing move to Leeds United the following summer.
And Smith, currently plying his trade at Craven Cottage, has paid homage to his former gaffer after reaching the personal milestone of 200 appearances in professional football.
200th professional appearance today Thank you @OfficialPDickov for giving a 22 year old uni student the best life he could of wished for!— Matt Smith (@mattjpsmith) October 15, 2016
Smith has netted two goals in six league starts this season for Fulham.