Nicky Eaden

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Nicky Eaden
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Jeremy Eaden
Date of birth (1972-12-12) 12 December 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2000 Barnsley 293 (10)
2000–2002 Birmingham CityB 74 (3)
2002 Wigan Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2002–2005 Wigan Athletic 117 (0)
2005–2007 Nottingham Forest 28 (0)
2006 Lincoln City (loan) 17 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 16 (0)
2007 Halesowen Town 1 (0)
2007 Solihull Moors 1 (0)
2007–2009 Kettering TownA 28 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Kettering Town (player-assistant)
2009–2010 Peterborough United (assistant)
2011 Rotherham United (coach)
2011 Tamworth (assistant)
2011-2012 Kettering Town (assistant)
2012–2016 Leicester City (under 21's coach)
2016- Rotherham United (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Nicholas Jeremy "Nicky" Eaden (born 12 December 1972) is a retired English association football defender who is currently working as assistant manager for Rotherham United. He played 550 matches in the Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Eaden started his career at local Barnsley F.C., contributing to their promotion to the Premiership before joining Birmingham City. Eaden also had a successful spell with Wigan Athletic, winning promotion from the then Division Two and then into the Premiership. Whilst at Birmingham he played in the 2001 Football League Cup Final.

Despite being successful with most of his previous clubs, he was not a favourite with Forest fans and caretaker managers Frank Barlow and Ian McParland did not include Nicky Eaden in the first matchday squad in the 2006–07 season after an indifferent debut season in the East Midlands, although he had been promoted with every club he had been at prior to joining Forest.

On 31 August 2006 he joined League Two side Lincoln City on loan, initially for a month,[1][2] which was later extended to the maximum 93-day total.[3] He then returned to Forest, but was again loaned to Lincoln in January 2007, this time for the rest of the season.[4]

Released by Forest, Eaden signed for Halesowen Town of the Southern League, making just one appearance.[5] In September 2007 Eaden signed for Solihull Moors of the Conference North;[6] after only one appearance he left Solihull and signed for fellow Conference North side Kettering Town, making his debut in the 1–1 draw at Nuneaton Borough on 20 October 2007.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Eaden, initially a player-coach at Kettering, became manager Mark Cooper's assistant during the 2008–09 season.[8] In November 2009, Cooper was appointed manager of Championship club Peterborough United, and Eaden accompanied him, again as assistant manager.[9] On 25 November 2010, Eaden departed the club by mutual consent.[10]

On 22 March 2011, Eaden joined the coaching staff of Rotherham United on a contract until the end of the season, working under his one-time Barnsley teammate Andy Liddell.[11] With Liddell losing out to Andy Scott for the full-time manager's role at the club, Eaden departed at the end of his contract[12] but was quickly back in work agreeing a two-year contract to become assistant manager to Marcus Law at Tamworth.[13] However, just a week later Eaden announced he had suffered a change of heart and would not be taking up the post,[14] instead taking up the same role at Kettering Town.[15]

During the 2012-2013 season, Eaden worked alongside Steve Beaglehole for Leicester City Under-21's as a coach. Eaden was also named on the bench for an Under-21 game against Huddersfield Town as 1 of 3 over-aged players.[16]

On 4 February 2016, Eaden was confirmed as assistant manager to Neil Redfearn at Rotherham United. Eaden signed a contract until the end of the 2017–18 season.[17]



with Barnsley
with Birmingham City
with Wigan Athletic
with Kettering Town



A. ^ The Kettering Town appearances and goals only cover the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons in the Conference National, not the 2007–08 season in the Conference North, which Soccerbase does not include.

B. ^ Soccerbase attributes Birmingham's goal against Portsmouth in October 2000 to Eaden,[18] where other sources, e.g. Tony Matthews' Birmingham City Complete Record[19] and the BBC match report[20] give it to Dele Adebola. The total of three League goals for Birmingham is consistent with Hugman's PFA Footballers' Who's Who annuals[21] and with Neil Brown's site.[22]


  1. ^ "Lincoln seal loan deal for Eaden". BBC Sport. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Forest's Eaden stays at Lincoln". BBC Sport. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Macclesfield vs Lincoln City". Lincoln City F.C. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Imps land Forest's Eaden on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Statistics". Halesowen Town F.C. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Solihull Moors 0-1 Blyth Spartans". BBC Sport. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Nicky Eaden". Kettering Town F.C. Retrieved 25 February 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Nicky Eaden". Kettering Town F.C. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Cooper confirmed as Posh manager". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Official Club Statement". Peterborough United F.C. Official Website. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Millers add Eaden to coaching staff". Rotherham United F.C. Official Website. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Scott praise for departing Liddell". Rotherham United F.C. Official Website. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Eaden is new Tamworth assistant". 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Eaden does a U-turn". 22 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Kettering Town appoint Morell Maison and Nicky Eaden". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Under-21s Lose To Terriers". Leicester City FC. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Millers confirm Eaden as assistant manager". Rotherham United F.C. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Nicky Eaden in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: Derby Books. p. 436. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2. 
  20. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 28 October 2000. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  22. ^ "Nicky Eaden". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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