Alex Nicholls (footballer)

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Alex Nicholls
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Nicholls with the Scottish Challenge Cup trophy
Personal information
Full name Alex Nicholls[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Stourbridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Barnet
Number 23
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 17 (2)
2017 Dundee United (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:16, 30 May 2017 (UTC).

Alex Nicholls (born 9 December 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as both a midfielder and a striker for Barnet. He has previously played for Walsall, Burton Albion, Northampton Town, Exeter City and Dundee United.

Early Years[edit]

During his school years at Ridgewood High School (Stourbridge) he was involved in the most successful year of the school football team in 2004. The team completed a 'treble' by winning the league, cup and 6-a-side tournament.

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, 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.

In his final season for the club he was joint top goal scorer with 8 goals

Nicholls went on to make a total of 219 appearances for the club before leaving on a free transfer in 2012

Northampton Town[edit]

In June 2012, Nicholls joined League Two side Northampton Town on a free transfer after his contract expired.[4]

Nicholls soon became a fans favourite at the club with his all energy displays and some vital goals, he scored 8 goals in 16 games before his season was ended prematurely when on the 27th of October he broke his leg after a late challenge from Port Vale defender John McCombe.[5]

He regained fitness at the start of the 2014/15 season, Nicholls' first game back came against AFC Bournemouth where he came on as a second half substitute to a rapturous reception form the Northampton Fans.

Exeter City[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Nicholls joined Exeter City, on a one-month loan deal where he Helped them move clear of the relegation zone. Nicholls completed his permanent move to Exeter City on 5 January 2015.[6] The highlight of his time in Devon was a 3rd round FA cup tie vs Liverpool at Anfield in front of a full house.

Nicholls played a total of 73 games for Exeter before moving to Barnet

Barnet[edit]

Nicholls joined Barnet on 1 July 2016.[7] He scored on his debut against Cambridge United on 6 August.[8]

Nicholls was loaned to Scottish Championship club Dundee United in January 2017.[9]

Dundee United[edit]

Nicholls signed on loan at Scottish Championship club Dundee United in January 2017.[9]

On the 25th of March Nicholls picked up a Scottish Challenge Cup winners medal when Dundee United beat St Mirren F.C. to lift the trophy at Fir Park

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 28 May 2017
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[10] League One 8 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 13 1
2006–07[11] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[12] League One 19 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 25 3
2008–09[13] 45 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 49 6
2009–10[14] 37 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 40 5
2010–11[15] 37 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 5
2011–12[16] 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[11] Conference 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Northampton Town 2012–13[17] League Two 15 7 0 0 2 1 2 0 19 8
2013–14[18] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[19] 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[19] League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Exeter City (loan) 2014–15[19] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Exeter City 2014–15[19] League Two 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
2015–16[20] 35 5 4 1 1 1 2 1 42 8
Total 54 9 4 1 1 1 2 1 61 12
Barnet 2016–17[21] League Two 17 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 20 3
Total 17 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 20 3
Dundee United (loan) 2016–17[22] Scottish Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 13 0
Career total 319 44 20 3 10 3 20 3 369 53

Honours[edit]

Dundee United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited Club list of registered players" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 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. [permanent dead link]
  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. ^ Cambridge United 1–1 Barnet
  9. ^ a b "Dundee Utd, Falkirk, St Mirren, Raith Rovers and Ayr Utd make signings". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Alex Nicholls in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  21. ^ Alex Nicholls - Soccerway
  22. ^ Alex Nicholls - Soccerway

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