Nicky Shorey

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Nicky Shorey
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Nicky Shorey playing for Aston Villa in May 2009
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Robert Shorey[1]
Date of birth (1981-02-19) 19 February 1981 (age 34)[2]
Place of birth Romford, London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Left-back
Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 31
Youth career
1998–2000 Leyton Orient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Leyton Orient 15 (0)
2001–2008 Reading 267 (12)
2008–2010 Aston Villa 24 (0)
2009–2010 Nottingham Forest (loan) 9 (0)
2010 Fulham (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2012 West Bromwich Albion 53 (0)
2012–2013 Reading 17 (0)
2013–2014 Bristol City 14 (0)
2014–2015 Portsmouth 41 (0)
2015 Pune City 14 (0)
2016– Colchester United 0 (0)
National team
2007 England B 1 (0)
2007 England 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:47, 20 December 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:47, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

Nicholas Robert "Nicky" Shorey (born 19 February 1981) is an English footballer who plays as a left-back and defensive midfielder for Colchester United.

After beginning his career at Leyton Orient, Shorey moved to Reading in 2001, where he made just under 300 appearances over seven years while helping the side reach the Premier League. He joined Aston Villa in 2008, but was limited to fewer than 40 appearances over two seasons. While with Villa, Shorey was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Fulham. He joined West Bromwich Albion for £1.3million in July 2010, making 53 Premier League appearances over two seasons with the club. After four years away from the club, Shorey rejoined Reading in July 2012, but could only manage 21 appearances when he joined Bristol City the following season. He spent just five months with City before joining Portsmouth in January 2014, and then Indian Super League side Pune City in the summer of 2015 for the forthcoming season. After playing in every game for Pune City, Shorey returned to England in January 2016 with League One club Colchester United.

Shorey has represented England at full international level on two occasions, with both appearances made at Wembley in 2007 against Brazil and Germany. He also made one appearance for the England B team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Born in Romford, London,[2] Shorey grew up as a West Ham United fan.[4] He started his career at Leyton Orient as an apprentice in 1998,[5] where he signed his first professional contract in July 1999.[3] He made his professional debut during the 1999–2000 season as an 83rd-minute substitute during Orient's 1–0 Third Division defeat to Shrewsbury Town on 12 February 2000. He made his first start for the club on 7 March 2000 in a 2–1 defeat to Northampton Town. He made seven league appearances for Leyton Orient over the final three months of the campaign.[6] He made nine further appearances for the club in the first-half of the 2000–01 season, before making his final appearance on 20 January 2001 in Orient's 2–0 home defeat by Southend United.[7]

Reading[edit]

Shorey joined Second Division club Reading initially on trial in February 2001[8] before signing a three-and-a-half year contract on 10 February for an initial £25,000 fee, depending on appearances.[9]

Shorey did not immediately break into the Reading first team until the 2001–02 season, when he made his debut starting in the Royals' 4–0 defeat of Luton Town in the League Cup first round on 21 August 2001. He made his next appearance, again in the Cup, on 10 October during Reading's 1–0 defeat by Aston Villa at Villa Park. From then onwards, Shorey established himself in the first-team, where he made 36 further appearances for the first-team[10] and helped the club to second position in the Division Two table, achieving promotion to the First Division in the process.[11]

Shorey remained a regular first-team member for the 2002–03 season, making 48 appearances across the campaign, including two appearances in the play-off defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored his first professional goal on 29 October 2002 in a 1–0 win against Bradford City at the Madejski Stadium. He scored his second goal of the season on 15 April 2003 when he scored from the penalty spot during a 5–1 win against Preston North End.[12]

Shorey warming up for Reading in 2008.

In the opening game of the 2003–04 season, Shorey was sent off during the 1–1 draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He had another consistent season, racking up 41 league and cup appearances and scoring twice, once against Walsall on 28 December 2003 in a 1–1 draw, and another in a 2–1 win over Sheffield United on 28 February 2004.[13] However, following the 0–0 home draw with Stoke City on 13 March, Shorey noticed that his foot has swelled and was throbbing, and by the time he reached hospital, the situation had become serious. Doctors had informed Shorey that they may need to amputate his foot. He received an intravenous drip in hospital for two weeks, and underwent treatment at his home for the following three months.[14]

Shorey recovered in time to be involved in the first match of the 2004–05 season on 7 August 2004, a 3–2 home win against Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored three goals that season, with one in a 2–1 away defeat to Derby County, the only goal in a win away to Stoke, and the only goal in a win over Queens Park Rangers, on the way to making 48 appearances in all competitions.[15]

In the 2005–06 season, Shorey was an important figure in the Reading side that won the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership with a record of 106 points. He also scored twice during the season, both of which were free kicks in consecutive games against Norwich City and Crewe Alexandra. After making 44 appearances during the season, Shorey committed his future to Reading on 1 August 2006, signing a new deal to remain with the club until June 2009. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the Championship that season.[16][17]

Shorey's transition from fourth tier to the top tier of English football was complete on 19 August 2006 when Reading hosted Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium. He played the full 90-minutes as Reading battled from 2–0 down to win 3–2. Shorey was nearly ever-present across the season, missing just one league game, while also scoring once during Reading's 3–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 12 November.[18] Owing to his impressive form during the campaign, helping Reading to an eighth place finish in the Premiership table, Shorey was called up to the England B team by Steve McClaren for their game against Albania,[19] and then became the first Reading player to represent the England national team in almost 100 years when he played in the first England game at the new Wembley Stadium on 1 June 2007.[14] Shorey was runner-up to Ívar Ingimarsson for Reading's 2006–07 Player of the Season award.[20]

Ahead of the 2007–08 season, Shorey was linked with a move away from Reading, with a number of Premier League club interested, while he had also reportedly turned down an improved contract offer from the club.[21] Shorey later confirmed that he had no intention of leaving Reading despite the interest,[22] although he later revealed he had made it clear to manager Steve Coppell that he wanted to move on, and a move a proposed move to West Ham United would have interested him but ultimately fell through.[14]

Shorey's final season with Reading saw him make 39 appearances and score twice, once against Arsenal in their 3–1 defeat on 12 November 2007, and again in Reading’s 2–1 home defeat by Aston Villa.[23] Despite his near ever-presence, Shorey could not help his side from suffering relegation at the end of the season on goal difference.[24]

Aston Villa[edit]

Shorey warming up ahead of his Aston Villa debut in 2008.

On 7 August 2008, Aston Villa completed the signing signing of Shorey on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee,[25] but Shorey did not rule out a return to Reading later in his career.[26] Providing cover for the injured Wilfred Bouma,[27] Shorey made his debut in the UEFA Cup in Villa’s 4–1 away win against Icelandic side FH on 14 August.

After an inconsistent first season with the club, making 33 appearances across four competitions,[28] a number of media reports suggested that Shorey was unsure whether or not his future lay at Villa Park,[29][30][31] despite manager Martin O'Neill claiming previously that he had plans for the former Reading defender.[32] Nonetheless, Shorey began the 2009–10 season in the Villa first team, starting their four opening league games.[33] On 1 September 2009, Shorey was set to make a season-long loan move to Portsmouth. Having travelled to Fratton Park to conclude the deal, Shorey decided against making the move, instead remaining with Villa.[34]

Nottingham Forest loan[edit]

After struggling to hold down a first-team place at Aston Villa, Shorey made a loan move to Championship side Nottingham Forest for one month on 24 November 2009.[35] He made his Forest debut on 28 November in their 4–1 home win over Doncaster Rovers, quickly becoming a regular starter.[33] His loan was extended on 31 December until the end of January having helped the side to three clean sheets in five games.[36] Shorey played his final game for the club on 16 January 2010 against his former club Reading, a match in which he was sent off after 68 minutes.[33] With his loan deal expiring at the end of January, Villa manager Martin O'Neill said that he had no intention of selling Shorey during the transfer window.[37]

Fulham loan[edit]

Fulham signed Shorey on loan until the end of the season on 1 February 2010, seeing the player make his Premier League return following his loan spell in the Championship. The move was made with a view to a permanent move in the summer if Shorey sufficiently impressed Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.[38] He made his debut for the Cottagers on 3 February in their 1–0 win over Portsmouth, going on to make twelve appearances for the club.[33]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Roberto Di Matteo signed Shorey for his newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion side on 9 August 2010, joining on a two-year contract while the club had the option of extending the deal for a further year.[39] The transfer fee was £1.3million. Shorey made his club debut in a 1–0 home win over Sunderland on 21 August. He made 31 appearances during the 2010–11 season,[40] and made a further 26 appearances in the 2011–12 season.[41] Shorey was released at the end of his second season with the club after Liam Ridgewell became the first-choice left-back at the club. He alongside fellow left-back Joe Mattock, Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Somen Tchoyi, left the club on 16 May 2012.[42]

Return to Reading[edit]

Much to Shorey's delight, he made a return to Reading in July 2012, following his acrimonious exit from the club in 2008.[43] He signed on 10 July a free transfer in a one-year deal following his release from West Brom.[44] He made his second debut for Reading on 22 September when his side were beaten 1–0 at the Hawthorns by his previous club West Brom, before scoring his first goal since his return in his next match, a 3–2 League Cup win against Queens Park Rangers on 26 September. After making 21 first-team appearances for Reading across the campaign,[45] he was one of ten players released by the club after they were relegated back to the Championship after only one season in the Premier League.[46]

Following his release, Shorey joined Brighton & Hove Albion on trial in June 2013,[47] before training with Millwall in July 2013.[48]

Bristol City[edit]

Having spent part of August 2013 training with League One side Bristol City, it was announced that Shorey had signed a short-term deal with the club on 30 August.[49] He made his club debut the following day as a second-half substitute for Bobby Reid in their 1–1 draw at Gillingham. After 17 appearances,[50] Shorey was released at the end of his four-month contract on 30 December.[51]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 9 January 2014, Shorey signed for League Two's Portsmouth on a contract until the end of the season.[52] He made his club debut on 11 January in Portsmouth's 0–0 draw with Oxford United, going on to make 21 league appearances until the end of the season.[50]

Shorey signed a new one-year deal with Portsmouth on 27 May 2014.[53] He would make a further 23 appearances for the club during the 2014–15 season,[54] but he was released by the club when his deal expired on 18 May 2015 alongside seven other players.[55]

Pune City[edit]

In September 2015, Shorey opted to join Pune City for the second season of the Indian Super League, which would run from October to December. He joined David Platt's side after being asked by the former England under-21 coach to play for his club.[56] He made his debut in Pune City's 3–1 win against Mumbai City on 5 October, and played in each of Pune City's 14 league fixtures as they went on to finish in seventh position of eight teams.[57]

Colchester United[edit]

Shorey returned to England following his stint in India joining Colchester United on 20 January 2016.[58]

International career[edit]

Following his good performances for Reading during the 2006–07 season, the Reading supporters introduced a "Shorey for England" song.[4] As the season progressed, the media began to pay attention to the then uncapped player.[59][60]

Shorey was called up to the England B squad to play Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground on 25 May 2007,[19] and started the match before being substitute after 73 minutes with the score at 3–1 to England. He was replaced by Joleon Lescott.[61]

Pundits had suggested that Shorey could make the step up to the senior squad,[62] and on 26 May 2007, England coach Steve McClaren named him in his squad to face Brazil in a friendly match, and Estonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier.[63] He made his full debut in England's first match at the new Wembley Stadium on 1 June 2007 as they drew 1–1 with Brazil,[64] becoming the first Reading player in almost 100 years to represent the England national team at senior level.[14]

Shorey earned his second and final England cap on 22 August 2007 in a 2–1 friendly defeat to Germany at Wembley.[65]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 December 2015.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leyton Orient 1999–2000[6] Third Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2000–01[7] Third Division 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Reading 2000–01[7] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02[10] Second Division 32 0 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 38 0
2002–03[12] First Division 43 2 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 48 2
2003–04[13] First Division 35 2 2 0 4 0 41 2
2004–05[15] Championship 44 3 3 0 1 0 48 3
2005–06[17] Championship 40 2 1 0 3 0 44 2
2006–07[18] Premiership 37 1 2 0 0 0 39 1
2007–08[23] Premier League 36 2 1 0 1 0 38 2
Total 267 12 13 0 12 0 4 0 296 12
Aston Villa 2008–09[28] Premier League 21 0 3 0 1 0 8 0 33 0
2009–10[33] Premier League 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
Total 24 0 3 0 2 0 10 0 39 0
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2009–10[33] Championship 9 0 9 0
Fulham (loan) 2009–10[33] Premier League 9 0 3 0 12 0
West Bromwich Albion 2010–11[40] Premier League 28 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
2011–12[41] Premier League 25 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
Total 53 0 1 0 3 0 57 0
Reading 2012–13[45] Premier League 17 0 2 0 2 1 21 1
Bristol City 2013–14[50] League One 14 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 17 0
Portsmouth 2013–14[50] League Two 21 0 21 0
2014–15[54] League Two 20 0 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 23 0
Total 41 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 44 0
Pune City 2015[66] Indian Super League 14 0 14 0
Colchester United 2015–16[67] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 463 12 26 0 20 1 10 0 6 0 525 13
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Reading

Individual[edit]

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