Nigel Sims

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Nigel Sims
Personal information
Date of birth (1931-08-09) 9 August 1931 (age 85)
Place of birth Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
194x–1948 Stapenhill
1948–1956 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 (0)
1956–1964 Aston Villa 264 (0)
1963 Toronto City
1964–1965 Peterborough United 16 (0)
1967 Toronto Falcons 2 (0)
Toronto Italia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Nigel Sims (born 9 August 1931), known as Nigel Sims, is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Peterborough United in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Sims was born at Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Stapenhill in August 1948 as understudy to Bert Williams, and made his first-team debut on 18 April 1949 in a 1–1 draw with Sheffield United in the First Division.[2] While a National Serviceman in 1950, Sims played for the Army in a representative match against an Irish Football Association XI.[3] During his eight seasons at Wolves he only made 39 appearances[4] before transferring to Midlands rivals Aston Villa in March 1956.[5] He made his debut against Burnley that same month.

He was on the winning side in the 1957 FA Cup Final, in which Villa beat Manchester United 2–1,[6] followed three years later by a Second Division winners' medal. In 1961, he helped Villa lift the inaugural League Cup.[7]

He played representative matches for the Football League,[8] and in 1958, was the first winner of Aston Villa supporters' 'Terrace Trophy'.[9]

In September 1964, having lost his place in the side, he transferred to Peterborough United. He appeared only 16 times for them before trying his luck in Canada, having already spent a summer with Toronto City. He appeared twice for the Toronto Falcons in the National Professional Soccer League,[10] and also played for Toronto Italia.

In Safe Hands, a book about his footballing memories was published in August 2012.[11]


  1. ^ "Nigel Sims". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Team Details: 1948–1949". Wolves-Stats. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Glass, George (12 April 2009). "13 September 1950". Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Players. A–Z". Wolves-Stats. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sims, Nigel David". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Fort, Didier (15 February 2006). "England – FA Cup Finals 1946–2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Fort, Didier (25 February 2001). "England – League Cup Finals 1961–2001". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Young Football League Team. Change of Policy Justified". The Times. 23 September 1957. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Lions Roar at Awards". Aston Villa F.C. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "North American Soccer League Players Nigel Sims". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "In Safe Hands: Nigel Sims' Football Memories". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

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