Shorey in 2008
|Full name||Nicholas Robert Shorey|
|Date of birth||19 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Romford, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Left back, Defensive midfielder|
|2009–2010||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||9||(0)|
|2010||→ Fulham (loan)||9||(0)|
|2010–2012||West Bromwich Albion||53||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:19, 25 April 2015 (UTC).
Nicholas Robert "Nicky" Shorey (born 19 February 1981) is an English footballer who plays as a left back. Shorey now plays as a defensive midfielder as well as a left back. He is also known for his pace and is a known set piece specialist.
Shorey started his career at Leyton Orient as an apprentice in 1998, but after breaking into the Orient first team with occasional appearances in the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons, he caught the eye of Reading's manager at the time, Alan Pardew.
Shorey signed for Reading for an initial fee of £25,000 on 10 February 2001, and quickly went on to establish himself as a regular in Reading's first team. In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Shorey was voted the best left back with 53.1% of the vote. However, at one stage, Shorey was near to having his left foot amputated due to an infection. He was on a drip for three months but came through the treatment and made a full recovery.
In the 2005-06 season Shorey was an important figure in the Reading side that won the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League with a record total of 106 points. He also scored twice during the season, both were free kick goals in successive games against Norwich and Crewe. On 1 August 2006, he committed his future to the club, signing a new deal to stay at the club until June 2009.
The 2006–07 FA Premier League season was an important one in Shorey's career as it saw him achieve his first English international cap. Chants of "Shorey for England!" from the Reading fans eventually came true, as his form helped Reading reach an impressive eighth position in the table in their first ever season in the English top flight. Not only was Shorey showing his quality defensively, but also in attacking as his runs from defence, crosses, free kicks and corners created goals for his team mates. An example of this was in the 6-0 home win over West Ham, as he played a part in 4 of the 6 goals, assisting 3 of them directly. He also scored his first Premier League goal with a long range drive in a 3–1 win for the Royals at home to Tottenham. On 5 May 2007, it was announced that he had taken second place in the 2006–07 Player of the Season vote by the Reading fans.
Given these feats Shorey was linked with a move to a number of other Premiership clubs at the end of 2006–07 season. Reports Shorey had turned down an improved contract offer spurred these rumours. Eventually the player confirmed he had no intentions of leaving Reading.
On 7 August 2008, Aston Villa completed the signing of Shorey on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, but Shorey did not rule out a return to Reading later in his career. Shorey provided cover for the injured Wilfred Bouma, and wore the number 21 previously worn by Gary Cahill. He made his Villa debut in a 4–1 away win against FH Hafnarfjordur in the UEFA Cup.
Shorey was at fault in Villa's back four against Middlesbrough in November, making an error that helped hand Boro a 2–1 victory at Villa Park. He was dropped for a good part of the season, with Luke Young switching to left-back; Carlos Cuéllar, Craig Gardner, Nigel Reo-Coker and James Milner all operated as right-backs to cater for Young's switch to the left. However, mounting defensive issues (notably in the 5–0 defeat at Liverpool) later led to Shorey's return to the side and Young's return to the right-back position.
Many reports in the media throughout 2009 suggested that Shorey was unsure whether or not his future lay at Villa Park, despite manager Martin O'Neill claiming previously that he had plans for the former Reading defender. Nonetheless, Shorey began the 2009–10 season in the Villa first team, starting in Villa's four opening games. On 1 September 2009, it was rumoured that Shorey would make a season-long loan move to Portsmouth. Having travelled to Fratton Park, both parties were unable to conclude a deal, and Shorey remained with Aston Villa.
After falling out of favour at Aston Villa following the signing of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest announced the loan signing of Shorey for a month on 24 November 2009. He soon became a regular at left back as Forest kept challenging for promotion at the top of the table. His loan deal expired at the end of January with Villa manager Martin O'Neill saying that he had no intention of selling Shorey. Due to an injury to regular Villa left back Stephen Warnock, Aston Villa recalled Shorey ahead of the game against Arsenal at Villa Park on 27 January 2010. The defender did not feature, but was named on the substitutes bench.
West Bromwich Albion
On 7 August 2010, Martin O'Neill confirmed that Shorey had travelled to The Hawthorns to undergo a routine medical ahead of his proposed transfer to West Bromwich Albion. West Bromwich Albion confirmed the signing of Shorey on 9 August 2010 on a two-year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour. Shorey made his West Bromwich Albion debut as a substitute on 21 August 2010, in a 1–0 home win against Sunderland. He made his first league start for the club at home to Liverpool the following weekend, after starting in the League Cup in midweek against former club Leyton Orient. Nicky Shorey was released on 16 May 2012 with team mates including Somen Tchoyi, Joe Mattock and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.
Return to Reading
On 10 July 2012 it was announced Shorey had re-signed for Reading, on a one-year contract with the option of a second year, after leaving four years previously. He scored his first goal in his second spell at Reading in a 3–2 League Cup win over QPR on 26 September 2012. After only one year back at the club, Reading confirmed that Shorey had been released on 24 May 2013.
On 30 August 2013, Shorey signed for League One side Bristol City on a short-term contract. He left the club in December 2013 after manager Steve Cotterill confirmed his deal would not be renewed.
On 9 January 2014, Shorey signed for Portsmouth on a contract until the end of the season. Initially, under then Manager Ritchie Barker, Shorey was (controversially, in some eyes) deployed as defensive midfielder. He is now to be found in his more accustomed role at left back after appearing in 14 straight games until the end of the season in this position. His consistency was rewarded by new manager Andy Awford, who gave him a new year-long contract on 27 May 2014. He was released by Portsmouth on the 18th May 2015
Following good performances for Reading during the 2006–07 season, the Reading supporters introduced a "Shorey For England" song. As the season progressed, the media started to pay attention to the then uncapped player.
Shorey was called up to the England B squad to play Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground on 25 May 2007, and started the match, before being substituted after 73 minutes (Shorey was replaced by Joleon Lescott) with all the goals already having been scored in a 3–1 win for England.
Pundits had suggested that Shorey could make the step up to the senior squad, and on 26 May 2007, Steve McClaren selected him in his England squad to face Brazil in a friendly match, and Estonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier. He made his full England début in a 1–1 draw against Brazil at Wembley on 1 June 2007, impressing many, but did not make the bench for the match against Estonia. This first England cap was the day before his wedding which was held in the local village of Shinfield, just outside Reading.
- As of match played 25 April 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Leyton Orient||1999–2000||Third Division||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Aston Villa||2008–09||Premier League||21||0||3||0||1||0||8[c]||0||33||0|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2009–10||Championship||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Fulham (loan)||2009–10||Premier League||9||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||2010–11||28||0||0||0||3||0||—||31||0|
|Bristol City||2013–14||League One||14||0||1||0||1||0||1[d]||0||17||0|
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