Nicky Bailey

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Nicky Bailey
Nicky Bailey player of the season 2007-08.jpg
Bailey playing for Southend United
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Francis Bailey
Date of birth (1984-06-10) 10 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Putney, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 10
Youth career
Fulham
2000–2001 Sutton United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Sutton United 85 (27)
2004–2007 Barnet 125 (17)
2007–2008 Southend United 44 (9)
2008–2010 Charlton Athletic 89 (25)
2010–2013 Middlesbrough 99 (4)
2013– Millwall 28 (1)
National team
2005 England C 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014 (BST).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:33, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Nicholas Francis "Nicky" Bailey (born 10 June 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Millwall. He has also played for the England C national team.

Club career[edit]

Bailey, born in Putney, began his career with local team Fulham but was released and moved to non-league Sutton United where he played as a teenager. At twenty, he went to Conference side Barnet in 2004 for a tribunal fee of £10,000.

Bailey was Paul Fairclough's first signing as Barnet manager, and he immediately established himself as a regular for the club.

Bailey made his Barnet debut against Farnborough Town in a 0–0 draw in the Football Conference on 17 August 2004, and scored his first goal for the club on 4 September 2004 in a 5–1 win against Morecambe. He helped the club to promotion in the 2004–05 season and then establish itself in Football League Two over the following two years.

After attracting interest from several clubs during the January transfer window, it was announced on 29 June 2007 that Bailey was discussing terms with Southend United of League One. He eventually signed with Southend on 3 July 2007 for a fee of £175,000. After winning the club's player of the year award for the 2007–08 season, Bailey was transfer listed on 5 June 2008 after failing to agree to terms over a contract extension. He signed with Charlton Athletic on a three-year contract for a fee that could reach £750,000 in August 2008, seeking championship football and a higher wage, a move that has made him unpopular with Southend fans.

Charlton Athletic were relegated from the championship after finishing at the bottom of the table, despite Bailey finishing as top scorer. He was voted the club's player of the season.

On 26 April 2010 it was announced that Bailey was in the 2009-10 PFA team of the year alongside teammate Frazer Richardson.[2] Bailey captained Charlton to a semi-final playoff defeat against Swindon Town, the semi-final went to penalties and it was Bailey who missed the decisive spot kick for Charlton to send Swindon through to the final. It was to be his last kick as a Charlton player.

On 19 June 2010 the BBC claimed that Middlesbrough F.C. were set to sign Bailey for a fee of £1.4m. The deal was confirmed by both clubs on 24 June 2010, and Bailey was officially announced as a Middlesbrough player on 8 July.[2] Bailey had a difficult start as a Middlesbrough player, however under new manager Tony Mowbray, Bailey was converted to a more defensive minded midfielder and became popular with the fans. His ongoing impressive form led to Bailey being nominated for the Championship player of the month in December 2011.

Bailey scored his first goal for Middlesbrough against Burnley on 10 September 2011.[3] Bailey then scored again in Middlesbrough's 2–1 home win against Southampton. Bailey scored on 21 August 2012, his third goal for Boro, again against Burnley in a 3–2 home win. Following injuries to Rhys Williams and Jonathan Woodgate, Bailey has captained Boro three times in the 2012–13 season. Baileys fourth Boro goal was a spectacular long shot in a 2–1 home defeat to Leicester City. At the end of the 2012–13 season Bailey's contract expired.

International career[edit]

Bailey was picked to play for the England C national team, by Paul Fairclough when he was also manager of Barnet.[4] He made four appearances before moving into the Football League, which meant he could no longer take part.

Club career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 11 September 2011)
Club Season League Cup* Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnet 2004–05 36 5 1 0 0 0 37 6
2005–06 45 7 4 1 0 0 49 8
2006–07 44 5 6 0 0 0 50 5
Barnet totals 125 17 11 1 0 0 136 18
Southend 2007–08 46 10 8 2 0 0 54 12
2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Southend totals 47 10 8 2 0 0 55 12
Charlton 2008–09 43 13 3 0 0 0 46 9
2009–10 46 12 2 0 0 0 48 12
Charlton totals 89 25 5 0 0 0 94 25
Middlesbrough 2010–11 34 0 3 0 0 0 37 0
2011–12 37 2 2 0 0 0 39 2
2012–13 28 2 7 0 0 0 35 2
Middlesbrough totals 99 4 12 0 0 0 111 4
Grand totals 360 56 36 3 0 0 396 59

(* FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield)

Honours[edit]

Barnet

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Middlesbrough sign Nicky Bailey from Charlton Athletic". BBC News. BBC Corporation. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Burnley 0 Boro 2". MFC. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Haines, Gary (13 August 2008). "Addicks seal midfielder deal". Charlton Athletic FC. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 

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