Rudolph Nickolsburger

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Rudolph Nickolsburger
Personal information
Date of birth (1899-03-21)21 March 1899
Place of birth Hungary
Date of death December 1969
Place of death New York, NY, United States
Playing position Winger / Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1922 Ferencvárosi TC
1922-xxxx Makkabi Brno
1925–1926 Played in Italy
1926–1927 SC Hakoah Wien
1928–1929 New York Hakoah
1929–1932 Hakoah All-Stars 84 (30)
National team
1920–1925 Hungary Hungary 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rudolph Nickolsburger (born 21 March 1899, Hungary; died New York, December 1969), also referred to as Nikolsburger Rezső and Rudy Nichols, is a former Hungarian footballer who played for Ferencvárosi TC, SC Hakoah Wien and Hungary. He later emigrated to the United States where he played for New York Hakoah and Hakoah All-Stars.

Club career[edit]

Nickolsburger played for Ferencvárosi TC during the early 1920s before leaving Budapest in 1922 to join Makkabi Brno in Czechoslovakia. This club consisted almost exclusively of Hungarian Jews. In the mid-1920s, Nickolsburger played in Italy. A Béla Nikolsbuger played as a centre forward for Forli during the 1925-26 season. This may be the same player.[1]

In March 1927 Nickolsburger moved to Austria and joined the all-Jewish club SC Hakoah Wien. Then in April and May 1927 he joined the club on their second tour of the United States. He played in several games on the tour, scoring twice against the New York Giants. He then returned to Austria and started the 1927-28 season with SC Hakoah Wien. However, by 1928 he was back in the United States playing for New York Hakoah of the Eastern Soccer League, a team made-up of former SC Hakoah Wien players, including Béla Guttmann. In subsequently helped them win the 1929 National Challenge Cup. After a merger with Brooklyn Hakoah, they became the Hakoah All-Stars and entered the American Soccer League in the fall of 1929. Between 1929 and 1931 Nickolsburger played 84 league games and scored 30 goals for the All-Stars in the American Soccer League.[2] His last confirmed game was on 12 June 1932 against the Bohemian Americans.

Hungarian international[edit]

While with Ferencvárosi TC, Nickolsburger also played twice for Hungary. He made his international debut in 1920 against Austria. On 17 May 1925 he also played for a Hungary XI in a 4-1 win against a visiting Bolton Wanderers.

Later Years[edit]

Nickolsburger spent his later years in and around The Bronx, New York. His wife, Mary Tóth Nichols died in 1992. A son Leslie (Laszlo), who was born in Budapest in 1927, died in February 2006. His surviving daughter, Norma Lee Nichols Mahdavi, resides in New York. Nickolsburger's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren have settled in Florida, Vermont, Spain and Norway.


New York Hakoah

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Players at RSSSF
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4).