Lee Nicholls

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Lee Nicholls
Nicholls lining up for Bristol Rovers in 2015.jpg
Nicholls lining up for Bristol Rovers in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lee Anthony Nicholls[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Huyton, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 19
Youth career
2009–2010 Wigan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2016 Wigan Athletic 9 (0)
2010 Hartlepool United (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 9 (0)
2012–2013 Northampton Town (loan) 46 (0)
2015–2016 Bristol Rovers (loan) 15 (0)
2016– Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
National team
2011 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:30, 3 August 2016 (UTC).

Lee Anthony Nicholls (born 5 October 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League One side Milton Keynes Dons.

Club career[edit]

Wigan[edit]

Early years and breakthrough[edit]

Born in Huyton, Merseyside, Nicholls signed scholarship forms with Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2009. After a series of impressive performances for the reserve team, he appeared for the first-team as a substitute for the first time in January 2010 in an FA Cup match against Hull City.[2] Later in the month he signed a two and a half-year professional contract with the club.[3]

In November 2010, Nicholls joined Hartlepool United on a one-month loan,[4] but failed to make a first-team appearance. He joined Shrewsbury Town on a similar loan deal in January 2011,[5] followed by a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.[6]

In January 2012, Nicholls extended his contract at Wigan until 2014.[7] On 24 February 2012, he signed for Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season,[8] making his debut against Swindon Town the following day.[9]

2012–13[edit]

On 6 August 2012, Nicholls signed for League Two side Northampton Town.[10]

On 5 May 2013, Nicholls competed in the League Two play-off semi-final second leg against Cheltenham Town, putting in a man-of-the-match performance, pulling off a string of outstanding saves – including a penalty save as his team progressed to the final.

In total, Nicholls made 51 appearances for Northampton Town, achieving 20 clean sheets.[11]

2013–14[edit]

On 27 October 2013, Nicholls made his League debut for Wigan Athletic in a 0-0 draw against Charlton Athletic. He then made his home debut the following Wednesday keeping a clean sheet again in another 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers.

2015–16[edit]

On 11 September 2015, Nicholls joined League Two side Bristol Rovers on a three-month loan.[12] Nicholls returned to his original club, after several first team performances whilst on loan to Rovers.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

2016–17[edit]

On 3 August 2016, following the expiry of his contract with Wigan Athletic, Nicholls joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons, signing a two-year deal.[13] Nicholls made his debut for the club on 9 August 2016, featuring in a 2–3 away EFL Cup first round win away to Newport County.[14]

On 4 October 2016, in his fourth start for the club, Nicholls achieved his first clean sheet in a 0–1 EFL Trophy group stage away win against Peterborough United.[15]

International career[edit]

In 2010, Nicholls was named in the England Under-19s squad that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Championships,[16] but did not make an appearance in the tournament. He made his debut for the team in February 2011 in a 1–0 defeat against Germany.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 4 October.[18]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wigan Athletic 2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2014–15 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 12 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2010–11 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2010–11 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2010–11 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2011–12 League Two 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2012–13 League Two 46 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 51 0
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2015–16 League Two 16 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
Total 62 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 69 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2016–17 League One 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 0
Career totals 71 0 0 0 3 0 11 0 85 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 36. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "On the Bench ... With Lee Nicholls, a Keeper Tipped for the Top at Wigan". FanHouse UK. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Keeper earns his stripes". 27 January 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hartlepool United bring in Wigan keeper Lee Nicholls". BBC Sport. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nicholls off to Shrews for a month". 31 January 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday sign Joey O'Brien and Lee Nicholls". BBC Sport. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "New Deal For Lee Nicholls". Wigan Athletic F.C. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nicholls Joins Accrington on Loan". 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Swindon vs Accrington". 25 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/19154132
  11. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=53114&season_id=142
  12. ^ "Lee Nicholls: Bristol Rovers sign Wigan Athletic keeper on loan". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Dons grab goalkeepr Nicholls". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Report: Newport County 2-3 Dons". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Report: Peterborough United 0-1 MK Dons". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Nicholls makes England cut". 15 July 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Denis proves England's menace". The Football Association. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 

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