Adams in a match against Cardiff City on 30 March 2010.
|Full name||Nicholas William Adams|
|Date of birth||16 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2009||→ Rochdale (loan)||14||(1)|
|2010||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||6||(0)|
|2010||→ Rochdale (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:32, 4 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Adams progressed through the Youth and Centre of Excellence system at Bury and shot to fame with a debut goal against Darlington as he made his first team debut in a 1–0 home win in October 2005. After the match, Adams debut performance was praised by Chris Casper saying "I'm made up for young Nicky Adams, as he has really worked hard on his game, he's run himself into the ground for the team, and he took the goal well." Adams would earned more playing time in the first team at Bury. The next season, Adams scored his second goal with an unstoppable shot from 35 yards in a 3–0 win over Grimsby Town on 26 August 2006. After the match, Adams spoke out about the goal, saying "It wasn't bad for a tap in". At the end of the season, Adams signed a new contract. The next season, Adams was soon on a goalscoring form, unlike his two season at Bury, and scored twelve goals this season, including his first brace in a 3–0 win over Barnet on 3 November 2007. After the match, Adams was named man of the match and was praised by Casper. At the end of the season, Adams won the Young player of the year, having received the most vote. Having won the Young player of the year, Adams was offered a new deal to stay at Bury but in June, Adams turned down a deal
Adams joined Leicester City for an initial £100k which could rise to £225K, a deal which was completed on 1 July 2008, with the player signing a three-year contract. Three months after joining Leicester City, the club was ordered to pay £100,000 for Adams, after both parties failed to agree a fee He became Nigel Pearson's third signing of that day after Michael Morrison and Lloyd Dyer. Adams made his debut in a League Cup match against Stockport on 12 August 2008, in which Leicester won 1–0. His league debut came in a 3–1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 23 August. On 2 September 2008, Adams scored his first goal in a Football League Trophy, as Leicester City beat Hartlepool United. Soon after, his playing time at Leicester City is soon reduced and need to join a club on loan to get regular first-team football. The next season, Adams forms at Leicester City didn't produced well, like he did at Bury, as he used more often on the bench. But in the second round of a League Cup, Adams scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Preston.
On 19 January 2009, Adams joined Rochdale on loan for a month, scoring on his debut in a 3–2 away defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on 24 January. On 19 February, Adams extended his loan at Rochdale by a further month. On 23 March 2009, Adams made a return to Leicester after the club wants him back despite desire to stay.
On 15 January 2010, he was loaned to Leyton Orient for one month. Having impressed at Leyton Orient with six appearance, Adams was recalled by Leicester City. Manager Geraint Williams was disappointed to see Adams being recalled. Shortly returning, Adams would be used often, when coming on as a substitute for the last five games towards the end of the season.
Though, Adam want to stay at Leicester City to fight for his place in the first team. However on 19 August 2010, Adams signed for Brentford. He made his debut coming off the bench in the 1–1 draw at Swindon on 21 August 2010.
On 14 October 2010, Adams joined Rochdale on loan, having failed to settle in London with Brentford. In January, Adams moved to Rochdale on loan. After the move, Adams said joining Rochdale could breathe new life into his football career. Two days later, Adams made his debut, providing the assist which lead to an own-goal for Byron Anthony, in a 2–1 loss against Bristol Rovers. Adams went on to provide a further 14 assists. When the transfer window opened, Adams signed on a permanent basis with Rochdale, having penned a 2.5-year deal on 1 January 2011.
The following season, Adams continued to be in the first team. On 10 September 2011, Adams scored his first goal but was soon sent-off after a second bookable offence, in a 4–2 win against his former club Bury, followed his second on 19 November 2011, in a 1–0 win over Preston. He since scored against Charlton and Exeter City. However, Rochdale ware relegated to League Two after two seasons in League One. Just before the season ended, Adams was placed on a transfer list
On 8 June 2012, Adams joined newly promoted Football League One side Crawley Town on a free transfer. After joining, Adams expressed his delight of moving down to the South, despite having previously failing to settle while at Brentford. In the first round of League Cup, Adams scored on his debut and set up a goal for John Akinde in a 2–2 draw, though win on penalties, against Millwall. On the opening game of the season, Adams made his debut in a 3–0 win over Scunthorpe United; on 29 September 2012, Adams scored his first goal in a 2–0 win over Carlisle United. In the last three games, Adams scored four goals, including a brace and assist for Hope Akpan in a 3–2 win over Bury on 13 October 2012. In the league, Adams has been on the goalscoring form for the club and is the top scorer, when it comes to midfield position. In the second round of a FA Cup, Adams scored his first goal in a 3–0 win over Chelmsford City and in the third round against Reading, Adams gave Crawley Town a lead with a stunning strike from outside the area after just 14 seconds, leading 1–0; but lose 3–1 in the end. After the match, Adams says his first minute screamer was 'the best goal of his career'.
Return to Bury
On 16 May 2014, Adams returned to Bury on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Despite being born in England, Adams chose to play for the Wales U21 side, making his debut on 20 November 2007 against France U21.
Correct as of 16 January 2010
|2008–09||Leicester City||League One||11||0||2||0||1||0||3||1||14||1|
|2009–10||Leyton Orient||League One||6||0||-||-||-||6||0|
- NOTE: teams in Italics indicate loan period
- Leicester City
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johnstone's Paint Trophy
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