Stuart Nethercott

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Stuart Nethercott
Personal information
Full name Stuart David Nethercott
Date of birth (1973-03-21) 21 March 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Ilford, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–1991 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1998 Tottenham Hotspur 53 (0)
1991–1992 Maidstone United (loan) 13 (1)
1992 Barnet (loan) 3 (0)
1998 Millwall (loan) 6 (0)
1998–2004 Millwall 211 (10)
2004 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 22 (1)
2004–2006 Wycombe Wanderers 29 (0)
2005–2006 Woking (loan) 33 (0)
2006–2007 Heybridge Swifts 19 (2)
2007 Wivenhoe Town 20 (0)
2007–2008 Welling United ? (?)
2008 Wivenhoe Town ? (?)
National team
1994–1995 England U21 8 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Maldon Town
2011–2012 Ware
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:35, 12 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Stuart Nethercott (born 21 March 1973 in Ilford, Essex) is a former English professional football player.

Career[edit]

Nethercott grew up through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and made his debut on 20 March 1993 in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

He was sent on loan to Maidstone and Barnet for experience during the early 1990s and ultimately played 54 games for Spurs, playing in the side which reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1995. Unfortunately, he was targeted by Everton as a weak link and was given a hiding as Everton romped to a 4-1 victory. He scored once for Tottenham, in a 3-0 FA Cup win over Altrincham in January 1995.[1]

For a while it looked as though Nethercott would be the long-term successor to the ageing Gary Mabbutt, but by 1998 he had fallen out of favour in the first team and was transferred to Millwall. He helped them win the Division Two title in 2001 and reach their first-ever FA Cup final in 2004,[2] but he was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers for the latter part of the cup final season meaning he missed out on the final itself.

After the FA Cup final defeat, he signed for Wycombe Wanderers (where he scored once against Chesterfield),[3] and later dropped into non-League football with Woking, Heybridge Swifts and Wivenhoe Town. He took a player/assistant manager role at Welling United in 2007, but when his managerial colleague Neil Smith was sacked, returned to Wivenhoe for a second spell.

In September 2008, he was promoted from his position of Assistant Manager at Maldon Town to Caretaker Manager following the sacking of Russell Tanner, and has overseen an upturn in the club's fortunes managing three wins from his first four games in charge.[4]

In June 2011, Nethercott was appointed first team manager at Ware and in July 2011 signed for the club as a player. He resigned a year and two days later, on 7 June 2012.

Stuart Nethercott is perhaps best remembered for the disproportionate amount of times he featured in the Merlin F.A. Premier League Sticker Book collection for the 1994-95 season. Much to the chagrin of collectors, it was not unknown for a six sticker packet to contain six copies of Nethercott, then in the Tottenham ranks.

His sticker became ubiquitous to the point that, in an attempt to rid themselves of a rapidly thickening deck of Nethercotts, school children of the period were known to cover their friends' lockers as well as their school corridor walls with numerous copies of the Nethercott sticker, earning Stuart Nethercott a degree of fame and notoriety he was unable to attain in his footballing career.

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