|Full name||Ashley Joseph Nicholls|
|Date of birth||30 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Ipswich, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2002||→ Canvey Island (loan)||2||(1)|
|2004||→ Cambridge United (loan)||16||(1)|
|2005||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||11||(0)|
|2006||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||19||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Newport County (loan)||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8:33, 25 June 2014 (UTC).
Nicholls was born in Ipswich and started his football career in the youth scheme of his home football club, Ipswich Town. In the spring of 2002, while in the youth scheme, he was loaned to Canvey Island where he played two games and scored one goal.
He was not offered a professional contract by Ipswich, so in the summer of 2002 he joined Darlington on a free transfer and stayed there for two seasons, playing 76 matches and scoring seven goals. He scored in his debut match for Darlington, against Cambridge United, his future team.
He was loaned to Cambridge United in February 2004 and joined permanently on a free transfer the following summer. His contract was due to run until the summer of 2006. As of the summer of 2005, he had played 47 matches for United, scoring once.
New Grays Athletic manager, Frank Gray signed Nicholls on a one-year deal at the start of the 2006–07 season. After a host of managers, Justin Edinburgh was finally implemented and did not see him in his future plans, releasing him in May 2007.
Nicholls joined Conference South outfit Maidenhead United on 3 May 2008. After featuring in all but one game for The Magpies during the 2008–09 season, Nicholls signed for Bishop's Stortford on 30 May 2009.
In December 2009, Nicholls joined Conference South leaders Newport County on a one-month loan arrangement. His loan period at Newport concluded 29 February 2010. In March 2010, he joined Eastleigh. After leaving Dorchester Town, Nicholls joined Bromley on 5 June 2013. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 friendly victory over Millwall on 23 July 2013, before netting again in Bromley's next pre-season match, a 2-0 win over rivals Welling United. He scored his first league goal for the club in a 3-0 home win over Staines Town on 14 September 2013. His next goal came in a 2-0 victory at home to Havant & Waterlooville on 23 November 2013.
- "Edinburgh begins summer clearout". BBC Sport. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
- Taylor confirms first departures, Official Boston United Website
- Nicholls signs, Official Bishop's Stortford F.C. website
- "New boy straight in to Eastleigh squad". This Is Hampshire. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2013.