Nicky Marker

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Nicky Marker
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Marker
Date of birth (1965-05-03) 3 May 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Ivybridge Town
(First-Team Manager)
Youth career
1981–1982 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Exeter City 196 (3)
1987–1992 Plymouth Argyle 202 (13)
1992–1997 Blackburn Rovers 54 (1)
1997–1999 Sheffield United 62 (5)
1999 Plymouth Argyle (Loan) 4 (0)
1999 Cheltenham Town 0 (0)
2000 Tiverton Town 2 (0)
2011 Ivybridge Town 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003-2009 Tamarside (Youth & Reserve Team)
2010-2013 Ivybridge Town (Assistant)
2013-Present Ivybridge Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nicholas "Nicky" Marker (born 3 May 1965) is an English former professional footballer and current First-Team Manager of South West Peninsula League side Ivybridge Town.

Playing career[edit]

As a player he was a defender or midfielder starting his career at Exeter City before a controversial transfer to local rivals Plymouth Argyle. For this reason, the Plymouth fans took time to accept Marker but his whole hearted performances in a green shirt soon made him a fans' favorite. Marker was awarded the clubs Player of the Year award in 1990.

His performances for Argyle also caught the eye of then Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish who paid £500,000 to bring Marker to Ewood Park, with both Keith Hill and Craig Skinner moving in the opposite direction. Marker's first team involvement at Blackburn was limited as he was largely used as backup for regular centre-backs Colin Hendry and Henning Berg, or holding midfielder David Batty. Despite this, Marker picked up a Premiership winners medal in 1995 at the height of his career and played alongside the likes of Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, Graeme Le Saux, Stuart Ripley, Tim Flowers, Tim Sherwood and Jason Wilcox.

He moved on to Sheffield United in 1997 and made regular appearances over two seasons. However, by this time hip and back injuries were beginning to take their toll and Marker returned to Plymouth Argyle for a short loan period, before spells at Cheltenham Town and Tiverton Town where injuries eventually forced him into premature retirement.

In 2011, eleven years after his retirement, two hip replacements, and at the age of 46, Marker made a single appearance for Ivybridge Town, coming on as a late substitute in a South West Peninsula League match at home to Dartmouth. He was cautioned for a late tackle within two minutes of his introduction.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the professional game Marker was involved with Plymouth amateur and youth club Tamarside FC from 2003 to 2009. He joined the club in 2003 to initially help coach his son's team, later getting involved in the club's senior team and was appointed club Chairman in 2006. He combined the role of Reserve Team manager and Youth Manager until leaving the club at the end of the 2008-09 season.

In October 2010 it was announced that Marker had been appointed first team coach of Ivybridge Town, who play in the Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League.

In June 2013 Marker was appointed First Team Manager after the resignation of Graeme Kirkup.

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