Nicky Shorey

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Nicky Shorey
Shorey, Nicky.jpg
Shorey in 2008
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Robert Shorey[1]
Date of birth (1981-02-19) 19 February 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Romford, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Left back, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 17
Youth career
1998–1999 Leyton Orient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Leyton Orient 15 (0)
2001–2008 Reading 267 (12)
2008–2010 Aston Villa 25 (0)
2009–2010 Nottingham Forest (loan) 9 (0)
2010 Fulham (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2012 West Bromwich Albion 53 (0)
2012–2013 Reading 17 (0)
2013 Bristol City 14 (0)
2014– Portsmouth 28 (0)
National team
2007 England B 1 (0)
2007 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:19, 13 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Nicholas Robert "Nicky" Shorey (born 19 February 1981) is an English footballer who plays for League Two side Portsmouth. Shorey now plays as a defensive midfielder as well as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Shorey started his career at Leyton Orient as an apprentice in 1998,[3] but after breaking into the Orient first team with occasional appearances in the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons, he caught the eye of Reading's manager at the time, Alan Pardew.

Reading[edit]

Shorey signed for Reading for an initial fee of £25,000 on 10 February 2001,[4] and quickly went on to establish himself as a regular in Reading's first team. In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Shorey was voted the best left back with 53.1% of the vote.[5][6] However, at one stage, Shorey was near to having his left foot amputated due to an infection.[5] He was on a drip for three months but came through the treatment and made a full recovery.[5]

Shorey warming up for Reading.

On 1 August 2006, he committed his future to the club, signing a new deal to stay at the club until June 2009.[7]

The 2006–07 FA Premier League season was an important one in Shorey's career as it saw him achieve his first English international cap. He helped Reading reach an impressive eighth position in the table in their first ever season in the English top flight. He also scored his first Premier League goal with a long range drive in a 3–1 win for the Royals at home to Tottenham. On 5 May 2007, it was announced that he had taken second place in the 2006–07 Player of the Season vote by the Reading fans.[8]

Given these feats Shorey was linked with a move to a number of other Premiership clubs at the end of 2006–07 season. Reports Shorey had turned down an improved contract offer spurred these rumours.[9] Eventually the player confirmed he had no intentions of leaving Reading.[10]

Reading's 2007–08 season relegation to the Championship resparked rumours Shorey leaving the club with Aston Villa and Portsmouth reportedly interested.

Aston Villa[edit]

Shorey playing for Aston Villa in 2009

On 7 August 2008, Aston Villa completed the signing of Shorey on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee,[5][11] but Shorey did not rule out a return to Reading later in his career.[12] Shorey provided cover for the injured Wilfred Bouma, and wore the number 21 previously worn by Gary Cahill. He made his Villa debut in a 4–1 away win against FH Hafnarfjordur in the UEFA Cup.

Shorey was at fault in Villa's back four against Middlesbrough in November, making an error that helped hand Boro a 2–1 victory at Villa Park. He was dropped for a good part of the season, with Luke Young switching to left-back; Carlos Cuéllar, Craig Gardner, Nigel Reo-Coker and James Milner all operated as right-backs to cater for Young's switch to the left. However, mounting defensive issues (notably in the 5–0 defeat at Liverpool) later led to Shorey's return to the side and Young's return to the right-back position.

Many reports in the media throughout 2009 suggested that Shorey was unsure whether or not his future lay at Villa Park,[13][14][15] despite manager Martin O'Neill claiming previously that he had plans for the former Reading defender.[16] Nonetheless, Shorey began the 2009–10 season in the Villa first team, starting in Villa's four opening games.[17][18][19] On 1 September 2009, it was rumoured that Shorey would make a season-long loan move to Portsmouth. Having travelled to Fratton Park, both parties were unable to conclude a deal, and Shorey remained with Aston Villa.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

After falling out of favour at Aston Villa following the signing of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest announced the loan signing of Shorey for a month on 24 November 2009.[20][21] He soon became a regular at left back as Forest kept challenging for promotion at the top of the table. His loan deal expired at the end of January with Villa manager Martin O'Neill saying that he had no intention of selling Shorey.[22] Due to an injury to regular Villa left back Stephen Warnock, Aston Villa recalled Shorey ahead of the game against Arsenal at Villa Park on 27 January 2010. The defender did not feature, but was named on the substitutes bench.[23]

Fulham (loan)[edit]

Shorey joined Fulham on 1 February 2010 on loan until the end of the season with a view to making the move permanent.[24]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 7 August 2010, Martin O'Neill confirmed that Shorey had travelled to The Hawthorns to undergo a routine medical ahead of his proposed transfer to West Bromwich Albion. West Bromwich Albion confirmed the signing of Shorey on 9 August 2010 on a two-year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour.[25][26] Shorey made his West Bromwich Albion debut as a substitute on 21 August 2010, in a 1–0 home win against Sunderland. He made his first league start for the club at home to Liverpool the following weekend, after starting in the League Cup in midweek against former club Leyton Orient. Nicky Shorey was released on 16 May 2012 with team mates including Somen Tchoyi, Joe Mattock and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.

Return to Reading[edit]

On 10 July 2012 it was announced Shorey had re-signed for Reading, on a one year contract with the option of a second year, after leaving four years previously.[6] He scored his first goal in his second spell at Reading in a 3–2 League Cup win over QPR on 26 September 2012.[27] After only one year back at the club, Reading confirmed that Shorey had been released on 24 May 2013.[28]

After Shorey's release from Reading he joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a weeks trial on 24 June 2013.[29] He played for Millwall against Crawley Town in a friendly on 13 July 2013.

Bristol City[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Shorey signed for League One side Bristol City on a short-term contract.[30] He left the club in December 2013 after manager Steve Cotterill confirmed his deal would not be renewed.[31]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 9 January 2014, Shorey signed for Portsmouth on a contract until the end of the season. To date, Shorey has been controversially deployed as defensive midfielder during his time at the club.[32] He is now to be found in his more accustomed role at left back after appearing in 14 straight games until the end of the season in this position. His consistency was rewarded by new manager Andy Awford, who gave him a new year long contract on 27 May 2014.[33]

International career[edit]

Following good performances for Reading during the 2006–07 season, the Reading supporters introduced a "Shorey For England" song.[34] As the season progressed, the media started to pay attention to the then uncapped player.[35][36]

Shorey was called up to the England B squad to play Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground on 25 May 2007,[37] and started the match, before being substituted after 73 minutes (Shorey was replaced by Joleon Lescott) with all the goals already having been scored in a 3–1 win for England.[38]

Pundits had suggested that Shorey could make the step up to the senior squad,[39] and on 26 May 2007, Steve McClaren selected him in his England squad to face Brazil in a friendly match, and Estonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier.[40] He made his full England début in a 1–1 draw against Brazil at Wembley on 1 June 2007,[41] impressing many,[42][43] but did not make the bench for the match against Estonia. This first England cap was the day before his wedding which was held in the local village of Shinfield, just outside Reading.[44]

On 22 August 2007, Shorey earned his second full international cap in a 2–1 friendly loss to Germany at Wembley.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 September 2014.[46]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leyton Orient 1999–2000 Third Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2000–01 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Reading 2000–01 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 32 0 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 38 0
2002–03 First Division 43 2 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 48 2
2003–04 35 2 2 0 4 0 41 2
2004–05 Championship 44 3 3 0 1 0 48 3
2005–06 40 2 1 0 3 0 44 2
2006–07 Premier League 37 1 2 0 0 0 39 1
2007–08 36 3 1 0 1 0 38 2
Total 267 13 13 0 12 0 4 0 296 13
Aston Villa 2008–09 Premier League 21 0 3 0 1 0 8[c] 0 33 0
2009–10 3 0 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 6 0
Total 24 0 3 0 2 0 10 0 39 0
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2009–10 Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Fulham (loan) 2009–10 Premier League 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
West Bromwich Albion 2010–11 28 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
2011–12 25 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
Total 53 0 1 0 3 0 57 0
Reading 2012–13 Premier League 17 0 2 0 2 1 21 1
Total 17 0 2 0 2 1 21 1
Bristol City 2013–14 League One 14 0 1 0 1 0 1[d] 0 17 0
Total 14 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Portsmouth 2013–14 League Two 21 0 21 0
2014–15 League Two 7 0 7 0
Total 28 0 28 0
Career total 436 13 23 0 20 1 15 0 494 14
  1. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Reading
2005–06

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