Ian Nolan

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Ian Nolan
Personal information
Full name Ian Robert Nolan
Date of birth (1970-07-09) 9 July 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
1986–1988 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Northwich Victoria 49 (2)
1990–1991 Marine ? (?)
1991–1994 Tranmere Rovers 88 (1)
1994–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 167 (4)
2000–2001 Bradford City 21 (0)
2001–2002 Wigan Athletic 8 (0)
2002–2003 Southport 9 (1)
Total 342 (8)
National team
1996–2002 Northern Ireland 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Robert Nolan (born 9 July 1970) is an English-born Northern Irish former professional footballer who played as a full back. During his career he won 17 caps for Northern Ireland, and made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League.


Born in Liverpool, Nolan began his career as a trainee with Preston North End, but left in 1988 without making a first team appearance. He played non-league football with Northwich Victoria and Marine, before beginning his Football League career in 1991 with Tranmere Rovers. He helped Tranmere to the semi finals of the 1993–94 League Cup, where they faced Aston Villa. Nolan scored in the first leg to give them a 3–1 lead at the halfway point in the tie.[1] However Villa won the second leg 3–1 and sent the game to a penalty shootout. In sudden death, Mark Bosnich saved Nolan's penalty to send the Premier League side to Wembley.[2][3] Nolan moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 1994, and it was while playing for Wednesday in February 1998 that he suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Tottenham Hotspur's Justin Edinburgh; in 2001 (by which time he had joined Bradford City), he attempted to sue both Edinburgh and Hotspur in a legal case similar to that of another ex-Bradford City player, Gordon Watson.[4](also an ex-Sheffield Wednesday player). After his season at Bradford (in which he scored once against Newcastle United in the League Cup)[5] he then spent one season with Wigan Athletic, before dropping out of the league system to join Southport in October 2002. After a failed trial with Halifax Town in July 2003,[6] Nolan retired from professional football that same year.


  1. ^ "Football / Coca-Cola Cup: Nolan opens Tranmere's path to final". The Independent. 17 February 1994. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Villa ride Bosnich's luck to Wembley". The Independent. 28 February 1994. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. ^ Simon Parker (21 January 2013). "Former Bantams player Ian Nolan shares his horrible history of League Cup semi-final at Villa Park". Telegraph & Argus.
  4. ^ "Nolan sues over Edinburgh tackle". BBC Sport. 23 February 2001. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Newcastle 4–3 Bradford". BBC. 2 November 2000. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Nolan trains with Halifax". BBC Sport. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 30 September 2009.

External links[edit]

  • Ian Nolan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • NIFG
  • Ian Nolan at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata