Alex Nicholls (footballer)

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Alex Nicholls
Nicholls in 2011
Nicholls following a match for Walsall in 2011
Personal information
Full name Alex Nicholls[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Stourbridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Barnet
Number TBA
Youth career
0000–2005 Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Walsall 191 (24)
2007 Burton Albion (loan) 14 (0)
2012–2015 Northampton Town 21 (8)
2014 Exeter City (loan) 6 (1)
2014–2015 Exeter City (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2016 Exeter City 54 (9)
2016– Barnet 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:46, 2 July 2016 (UTC).


Alexander Douglas "Alex" Nicholls (born 9 December 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as both a midfielder and a striker for Barnet in League Two.

Playing career[edit]

Walsall[edit]

After impressing in reserve and youth team games, Nicholls broke into Walsall's first team in the 2005–06 season, making his debut in December 2005 in a FA Cup clash with Yeovil Town. In that same season Nicholls went on to make 13 appearances which included a Football League Trophy clash with Swansea City, it was in this game that he scored his first professional goal for the club. However, his season ended prematurely as he broke his leg while playing in a youth cup tie with Hednesford Town.

In 2007, Nicholls went on loan to Burton Albion.[2] He made 14 appearances for the Brewers before returning to Walsall at the end of April.

During the 2007–08 season, Nicholls played as both a right winger and a striker and had a short stint as water boy, making 24 appearances and scoring three goals, which included an FA Cup goal in an away replay with Millwall.

Nicholls was offered a new two-year contract by the club on 10 May 2010[3] which he accepted. He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season against Brentford in a 2–1 victory, by scoring a well placed lob.

Northampton Town[edit]

In June 2012, Nicholls joined League Two side Northampton Town on a free transfer after his contract expired.[4] On 27 October he broke his leg after a late challenge from Port Vale defender John McCombe.[5]

Exeter City[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Nicholls joined Exeter City, on a one-month loan deal.

Nicholls completed his permanent move to Exeter City on 5 January 2015.[6]

Barnet[edit]

Nicholls joined Barnet on 1 July 2016.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Walsall 2005–06[8] League One 8 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 13 1
2006–07[9] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[10] League One 19 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 25 3
2008–09[11] League One 45 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 49 6
2009–10[12] League One 37 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 40 5
2010–11[13] League One 37 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 5
2011–12[14] League One 45 7 4 1 1 0 2 0 52 8
Total 191 24 15 2 5 1 8 1 219 28
Burton Albion (loan) 2006–07[9] Conference 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Northampton Town 2012–13[15] League Two 15 7 0 0 2 1 2 0 19 8
2013–14[16] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[17] League Two 6 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 10 1
Total 21 8 1 0 3 1 4 0 29 9
Exeter City (loan) 2014–15[17] League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Exeter City (loan) 2014–15[17] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Exeter City 2014–15[17] League Two 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
2015–16[18] League Two 35 5 4 1 1 1 2 1 42 8
2016–17 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 54 9 4 1 1 1 2 1 61 12
Career total 293 42 20 3 9 3 14 2 336 50
  1. ^ Includes Football League Trophy matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited Club list of registered players" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Saddlers striker joins Burton". Sky Sports. 22 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Walsall release seven including Dwayne Mattis". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "COBBLERS AGREE NICHOLLS CAPTURE". NTFC. 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Northampton 2 – 0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "ALEX NICHOLLS SIGNS 18-MONTH DEAL WITH EXETER CITY". Express and Echo. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Alex Nicholls joins the Bees!
  8. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 

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