|Full name||Garry Paul Nelson|
|Date of birth||16 January 1961|
|Place of birth||Braintree, England|
|Playing position||Striker / Left wing|
|1987–1991||Brighton & Hove Albion||144||(47)|
|1990||→ Notts County (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Garry Paul Nelson (born 16 January 1961, in Braintree, Essex) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Southend United, Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle, Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Torquay United (as player/assistant manager) between 1979 and 1997. He played as a striker or on the left wing. He was voted into Plymouth Argyle's Team of the Century.
Despite playing more than 600 games and scoring over 150 goals in the Football League, Nelson is perhaps best known for writing the two books, Left Foot Forward and Left Foot in the Grave. The books are written in diary form, chronicling a season with Charlton (1994–95) and Torquay (1996–97) respectively. The books have been generally well received, and noted as showing the real life of "ordinary" professional footballers, became best-sellers, and each was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
Career after retirement
After retiring from the game in 1997, Nelson became commercial executive of the Professional Footballers' Association. In 2009, he was still playing football, regularly turning out for Old Southendians in the Southend Borough Combination Veterans League and Charlton Athletic veterans.
- "Player profile: Garry Nelson". Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk. Richard Banyard. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Garry Nelson". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Hall Of Fame". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- O'Hagan, Simon (19 November 1995). "Nelson plays by the book". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- Baker, Andrew (14 December 1997). "The Year of the Sports Book". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- "Where Are They Now: Garry Nelson". The Football League. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- Garry Nelson career stats at Soccerbase
- Garry Nelson League stats at Neil Brown's site
- Interview with Garry Nelson at The Ball is Round
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