David Nish

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David Nish
Personal information
Full name David John Nish
Date of birth (1947-09-26) 26 September 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Measham Social Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Leicester City 228 (25)
1972–1979 Derby County 188 (10)
1979 Tulsa Roughnecks 28 (6)
1980–1981 Seattle Sounders 57 (4)
1980–1981 Seattle Sounders (indoor) 5 (6)
1981–1982 San Jose Earthquakes (indoor) 16 (1)
National team
1973–1974 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David John Nish (born 26 September 1947) is an English former footballer who broke Alan Ball's British transfer record in 1972.[1]


In 1966, Nish began his career with Leicester City. In 1972, Derby County paid a record transfer fee of £225,000 for his contract. At Derby he was part of the team that won the First Division in 1975.[2]

In 1979, Nish moved to the United States where he joined the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League. In 1980, he moved to the Seattle Sounders where he played three seasons (two outdoor and one indoor). He finished his American career with one indoor season with the San Jose Earthquakes.

After leaving the U.S., he returned to Leicestershire where he turned out for non-league side Shepshed Charterhouse.[3]


Nish earned five caps for the England national team in 1973 and 1974.

Since retiring as a player in 1981, he has also worked with the academies of both Leicester and Derby.[1]


  1. ^ a b BBC News, Were you there...when the Rams beat the Gas?
  2. ^ "We are the Champions: 1974–75 – Derby County". gameofthepeople.com. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.englandfootballonline.com/TeamPlyrsBios/PlayersN/BioNishDJ.html

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