Nick Blackman in 2013
|Full name||Nicholas Alexander Blackman|
|Date of birth||11 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Whitefield, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2009||→ Blackpool (loan)||5||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||12||(1)|
|2010||→ Motherwell (loan)||18||(10)|
|2011||→ Aberdeen (loan)||15||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:03, 4 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Blackman (born 11 November 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Reading. Born in Whitefield, Greater Manchester he started his career at Macclesfield Town before moving to Premier League Blackburn Rovers. He failed to break into the first team at Rovers and was eventually sold to Sheffield United. He has also spent time on loan at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen.
Blackman is Jewish, and attended the King David School as well as Phillips High School in Manchester. In 2005, he represented the United Kingdom at the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Blackman is eligible to represent England, Barbados, Netherlands, Poland and potentially Israel at international level.
Blackman was signed by Macclesfield Town in summer 2006 after previous spells at Manchester United, Bury and Preston North End Football Academies. He was given his first professional contract by Macclesfield on 8 March 2007, after a string of impressive displays for the youth team. After making his league debut against Accrington Stanley his hopes of regular first team football were dashed by a pre-season injury that kept him out of action for several months.
He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 home draw with Dagenham & Redbridge on 23 November 2007, when after coming on as a 77th substitute, he scored in the 90th minute. He made a total of 12 appearances, mostly as a substitute, for the Silkmen, scoring one goal.
After impressing in a trial, Blackman joined Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on 12 January 2009 for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract. He scored two goals in his first two games for the club's reserve team.
On 4 March, he joined Championship club Blackpool on loan initially for one month. He made his debut later that same day as a 65th minute substitute in a 0–1 home loss to Burnley at Bloomfield Road. After two substitution appearances, he scored on his full debut, a 2–2 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 10 March.
On 20 August 2009, Blackman joined Oldham Athletic on a month's loan. Two days later, he made his Latics debut in a 2–2 draw versus Swindon Town, playing the full 90 minutes. His first goal for the club came on 29 August when he curled a shot into the net from the edge of the area for Oldham's only goal in a 1–1 draw against Brentford. His loan period was extended until January 2010 after which he returned to Blackburn.
Blackman joined Scottish Premier League club Motherwell on a six-month loan on 13 August 2010, and went on to score a hat trick in a 4–0 win over St Johnstone in November 2010. On 13 January 2011, former Motherwell manager Craig Brown signed Blackman for Aberdeen on loan for six months.
Blackman returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his loan spell. He came off the bench for Rovers in their Premier League Asia Trophy match against Kitchee of Hong Kong, winning and then converting a penalty in a 3–0 win.
On 10 August 2012, after turning down offers from Championship clubs, Blackman signed for Sheffield United on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee after being deemed surplus to requirements at Blackburn Rovers. He scored his first goal for the Blades with his first touch in a League Cup game against Burton Albion at Bramall Lane on 11 August 2012. He played regularly for the Blades throughout the first half of the season, making 33 appearances and scoring 14 goals by the end of January. By this time however he was attracting interest from other clubs and was the subject of bids from both Crystal Palace and Reading and despite United accepting offers from both clubs, he rejected a move to Palace.
On 30 January 2013, Blackman signed for Premier League side Reading for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £1,200,000, on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut on 2 February, replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak in the 72nd minute of a 2–1 win against Sunderland.
Club career statistics
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Macclesfield Town||2006–07||League Two||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Blackburn Rovers||2008–09||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|Oldham Athletic (loan)||2009–10||League One||12||1||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||13||1|
|Sheffield United||2012–13||League One||28||11||4||2||1||1||0||0||33||14|
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