|Full name||Nathanael Abbey|
|Date of birth||11 July 1978|
|Place of birth||Islington, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2003||St Albans City||1||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||0||(0)|
|2007–2009||Milton Keynes Dons||1||(0)|
|2009–2010||Rushden & Diamonds||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:18, 27 May 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Nathanael "Nathan" Abbey (born 11 July 1978) is a journeyman English professional football goalkeeper who is currently the assistant manager of Arlesey Town FC where he works alongside his brother, and manager, Zema.
Abbey was born in Islington, London and began his football career as a trainee with Luton Town, turning professional in August 1995. His first team debut came on 26 August 1997 in the League Cup first round second leg tie at home to Colchester United, a 1–1 draw taking the Hatters into the second round. Later that season he had a spell on loan to Football Conference side Woking. He had to wait until January 1999 for this next first team appearance for Luton, playing in the 3–0 defeat at home to Walsall in the Auto Windscreens Shield. His league debut came the following month, on 6 February, playing in the 2–1 win away to Burnley.
He began the 1999–2000 season as Luton's first choice goalkeeper, previous first choice Kelvin Davis having been sold to Wimbledon to aid Luton's financial problems, and remained a regular throughout the season. In the summer of 2000, Luton manager Ricky Hill signed Mark Ovendale and chose him to start the season in place of Abbey. However, Abbey soon regained his place in the side, though spent most of the season in and out of the side as first Lil Fuccillo and then Joe Kinnear took over as Luton manager.
With Luton relegated to the bottom flight of the Football League, Abbey was released by Luton and joined Chesterfield in August 2001. He was an ever-present the following season and won the Chesterfield Player of the Year Award, but left after failing to agree a new contract.
He joined Northampton Town in August 2002 and signed a contract extension until the end of the season, but struggled to establish himself and was released at the end of the season having played only eight games. He returned to Luton on trial, but signed for Conference side Stevenage Borough in July 2003. He played six Conference games before returning to Luton Town in October 2003. He was released by Luton manager Mike Newell the following month, joining Macclesfield Town, where he again failed to make the first team and was released, joining non-league Hayes in December 2003. Abbey had similar experiences on moving to Ipswich Town later the same month and Burnley in January 2004.
In July 2004, Abbey signed for Boston United, playing 61 league games over the next season and a half. He had a spell on loan with Leyton Orient in December 2005 and moved to Bristol City on a free transfer in February 2006 after being released by Boston at the end of January. He made just one appearance for City, as a substitute for Adriano Basso in the 1–0 defeat away to Southend United on 6 May 2005, before being released at the end of the season.
Despite being ever-present in the Torquay goal from the start of the 2006–07 season, Abbey was only offered a one-month extension to his existing six-month contract and left the club at the end of his contract on 28 December 2006. His last game for Torquay came on 26 December 2006 at home to Milton Keynes Dons, where Torquay manager Lubos Kubik decided to substitute him for debutant keeper Martin Horsell with seven minutes of the game remaining and Torquay 2–0 down.
Abbey signed for Brentford on 29 December 2006 on an emergency loan as regular goalkeepers Stuart Nelson and Clark Masters were injured. He signed a permanent contract on 26 January 2007. He made sixteen appearances for the Bees before being released on 16 May 2007. He signed for Milton Keynes shortly before the start of the 2007–08 season. He made his debut for MK Dons coming on as a sub against Cheltenham when regular keeper Willy Gueret was sent off. After two seasons he was released by MK Dons.
It was announced on 16 November 2010 that Abbey had been sacked from Kettering Town due to gross misconduct, having made 29 appearances for the club.
His brother, Zema, is also a professional footballer.
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