Kevin Nicholson (footballer)

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Kevin Nicholson
Personal information
Full name Kevin John Nicholson
Date of birth (1980-10-02) 2 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Derby, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Torquay United (player-manager)
Number 33
Youth career
199?–1998 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (0)
2001 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
2001 Northampton Town 7 (0)
2001–2004 Notts County 95 (3)
2004 Scarborough (loan) 13 (1)
2004–2006 Scarborough 82 (4)
2006–2007 Forest Green Rovers 44 (6)
2007–2014 Torquay United 314 (13)
2014–2015 Kidderminster Harriers 43 (1)
2015 Bath City 11 (1)
2015– Torquay United 19 (0)
National team
2007–2009 England C 4 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Torquay United (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:21, 24 January 2017 (UTC).

Kevin John Nicholson (born 2 October 1980) is an English professional footballer who is the player-manager of National League club Torquay United.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Derby, Nicholson began his career as a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday, turning professional in August 1998. His first team debut came on 28 August 2000 when he replaced Andy Hinchcliffe as a first-half substitute in Wednesday's 1–1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.[1] However, this was his only first team appearance for Wednesday as he was allowed to join Forest Green Rovers on loan in January 2001, before moving to Northampton Town on a free transfer the following month.[citation needed]

In March 2001, Nicholson joined Notts County on a free transfer,[2] and soon became a regular in the County side. He joined Scarborough on loan in March 2004,[3] scoring on his debut[4] and moved to Scarborough on a free transfer at the end of the season.[5] He was a regular in Scarborough's Conference National side for the next two seasons, but left in May 2006 to join Forest Green Rovers[6] after Scarborough's relegation to the Conference North amid financial problems that would see the club dissolved a year later.[7]

His form with Forest Green earned Nicholson a call-up to the England C squad for the Home Internationals, and suggestions of a move back to the football league with Barnet, managed by England C boss Paul Fairclough.[8] However, Nicholson joined Torquay United on a free transfer on 20 June 2007.[9]

He spent seven years with Torquay but after their relegation from the Football League in May 2014 he was released by the club.[10]

On 7 August 2014, Nicholson signed non-contract terms with Kidderminster Harriers.[11] On 9 August 2014, he made his debut for Kidderminster in a goalless draw away at Lincoln City. On 1 November 2014, he scored his first goal for the Harriers against former club Torquay United. On 15 November 2014, Nicholson signed a contract with Kidderminster Harriers until the end of the season.[12] After the last game of the season, a 2–1 loss away to Eastleigh, Kevin announced that he would not be signing a new contract and was looking for a new club.[citation needed]

In July 2015, Nicholson signed for Bath City.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

On 28 September 2015, it was announced by the club that Kevin Nicholson, former Torquay United player would be the club's new player-manager. Torquay United Chairman, David Phillips was quoted as saying "We are delighted to have Kevin on board as player-manager. As a player for the club, he displayed outstanding consistency over many years and is quite rightly regarded as a legend here".[13] After a slow start to his managerial career Kevin brought in a group of new players in the January transfer window and led Torquay to an unlikely escape from a near-certain relegation, earning him such nicknames as 'The Ranieri of the Riviera'. [14] After a summer of financial uncertainty at Torquay Kevin retained his position as manager for the 2016/17 season with a smaller squad than before, and one that made a better start than in 2015/16, but failed to continue their excellent form from the end of that season when they engineered the great escape. Despite that by the end of September the team seemed to have settled into a mid table position showing flashes of previous form but seeming unlikely to press for the promotional places on the basis of their inconsistent performances and lack of finance.[citation needed]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 March 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Torquay United 28 September 2015 Present 79 24 19 36 30.4 [15][16]
Total 79 24 19 36 30.4


  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | ENGLISH DIVISION 1 | Sheff Wed 1-1 Blackburn". BBC News. 2000-08-28. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Notts County | Boro sign Nicholson". BBC News. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  4. ^ "York & North Yorkshire". BBC News. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Scarborough | Scarborough land Nicholson". BBC News. 2004-08-09. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Forest Green Rovers | Forest Green swoop for Nicholson". BBC News. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Non League | Scarborough FC go out of business". BBC News. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Torquay United | Nicholson quits Rovers for Gulls". BBC News. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Torquay United release long-serving left-back Kevin Nicholson". BBC Sport. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Nicholson becomes a Kidderminster Harriers player after agreeing non-contract terms". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  12. ^ [3][dead link]
  13. ^ "Club Statement - Player-Manager Appointed". 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  14. ^ Godfrey, Mark (2016-04-14). "Ranieri of the Riviera – Torquay's latest escape". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Torquay United: Kevin Nicholson named as new manager". BBC Sport. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Torquay: Results/matches: 2015/16". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 March 2017.  Individual seasons accessed via dropdown menu.

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