Stuart Nelson

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Stuart Nelson
Stuart Nelson Hull City v. Aberdeen 1.png
Nelson playing for Aberdeen in 2009
Personal information
Full name Stuart James Nelson[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-17) 17 September 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Stroud, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Yeovil Town
Number 25
Youth career
FC Battledown
Cirencester College Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2000 Cirencester Town
2000–2002 Millwall 0 (0)
2002–2003 Doncaster Rovers 2 (0)
2003–2004 Hucknall Town 20 (0)
2004–2007 Brentford 116 (0)
2007–2008 Leyton Orient 30 (0)
2008–2009 Norwich City 0 (0)
2009–2010 Aberdeen 3 (0)
2010–2012 Notts County 79 (0)
2012–2018 Gillingham 195 (0)
2018– Yeovil Town 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:29, 20 February 2018 (UTC).

Stuart James Nelson (born 17 September 1981) is an English footballer who now plays for League Two side Yeovil Town.

Career[edit]

Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Nelson started his career at Cheltenham youth club FC Battledown.[2] He also played for the Cirencester College Football Academy team, Millwall and Cirencester Town.[1][2] County Cup success led to him being spotted by Northern Premier League side Hucknall Town after a spell with Doncaster Rovers. Nelson joined Brentford from Hucknall in February 2004 for a fee of £10,000. He completed his first full season with Brentford in 2004–05, maintaining 21 clean sheets and helping the team into the promotion play-offs.[3] He signed a new two-year contract in August 2005.[4]

Nelson was appointed club captain for the 2006–07 season and scored the decisive penalty in a League Cup first round shootout win over Swindon Town.[5] However, a ligament injury picked up in October meant that he was unable to play again until 2007.[6] He returned and played 6 games towards the end of the season.[7]

He was released by Brentford on 16 May 2007.[8] He signed for Leyton Orient in summer 2007, but left less than a year later by mutual consent due to relocating issues. On 1 August 2008 Norwich City confirmed the signing of Nelson after he impressed Glenn Roeder while on trial at Carrow Road.[9] He was released at the end of his one-year contract the following summer having made no first team appearances.

On 27 July 2009, he signed a one-year contract with Scottish Premier League team Aberdeen.[10] In May 2010 Nelson turned down a offer of a new contract.

On 23 June 2010, he signed a two-year contract with League One team Notts County.[11] Upon his signing for Notts County, he became the first choice goalkeeper; a position he retained in the 2011–12 season. However, on 9 May 2012, he was released by Notts County along with 12 of his teammates.[12]

On 20 July 2012, Nelson signed for Football League Two side Gillingham on a free transfer, on a two-year deal.[13] He made his debut for Gillingham on 18 August 2012 against Bradford City. In his first season with the club Nelson won the League Two title and was runner up at the Player of the Season awards.[14]

He received the club's player of the year award for the 2013–14 season.[15] In May 2014, Nelson signed a new two-year contract,[16] and in June 2016 signed a further two-year contract with the club.[17] He was named Vice-Captain for the 2016–17 season. He made his 200th start for the team in December 2016. On 5 December 2017 Nelson made his 223rd appearance for Gillingham which took him 3rd on all time appearances for a goalkeeper for the club. Only Ron Hillyard (1st) and John Simpson (2nd) have played more times in goal for the club. The following month, however, Nelson left Gillingham having agreed the termination of his contract.

On 20 February 2018, Nelson signed for League Two side Yeovil Town until the end of the season.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Nelson played rugby as a youngster and represented Gloucestershire.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 December 2017
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Doncaster Rovers 2002–03[19] Football Conference 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Hucknall Town 2003–04[20] Northern Premier League No appearance data available
Brentford 2003–04[20] League Two 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2004–05[21] League One 43 0 9 0 1 0 2[a] 0 55 0
2005–06[22] League One 45 0 6 0 1 0 2[a] 0 54 0
2006–07[7] League One 19 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
Total 116 0 15 0 4 0 4 0 139 0
Leyton Orient 2007–08[23] League One 30 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 33 0
Norwich City 2008–09 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aberdeen 2009–10[24] Scottish Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Notts County 2010–11[25] League One 33 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
2011–12[26] League One 46 0 4 0 1 0 1[b] 0 52 0
Total 79 0 7 0 3 0 1 0 90 0
Gillingham 2012–13[27] League Two 45 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 48 0
2013–14[28] League One 46 0 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 50 0
2014–15[29] League One 24 0 1 0 0 0 5[b] 0 30 0
2015–16[30] League One 46 0 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 51 0
2016–17[31] League One 34 0 2 0 3 0 3[b] 0 42 0
2017–18[32] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 2 0
Tota 195 0 7 0 8 0 13 0 223 0
Yeovil Town 2017–18[32] League Two 0 0 0 0
Career total 425 0 30 0 17 0 18 0 490 0
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the League One play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Individual

Notts County

Gillingham

  • Runner up, Player of the Season: 2012–13[14]
  • Football League Two (1): 2012–13[33]
  • PFA Divisional Team 2012–13
  • Player of the Season: 2013–14[15]
  • 3rd place, Player of the Season: 2015–16
  • Runner up, Player of the Season: 2016–17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Barry Hugman's Footballers – Stuart Nelson". hugmansfootballers.com. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Stuart Nelson – Goalkeeper – First Team – Gillingham". www.gillinghamfootballclub.com. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Brentford | News | Where Are They Now? | Where Are They Now? | WHERE ARE THEY NOW?". world.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | MARTIN`S THURSDAY UPDATE". world.brentfordfc.co.uk. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Brentford | Rosenior praises Cup hero Nelson". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – My Club – Brentford – Nelson ruled out until next year". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – My Club – Brentford – Bees sign Mackie after clear-out". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "'KEEPER VACANCY FILLED BY NELSON – Norwich City – News – First News – First News". premiumtv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aberdeen – News and Features – Club News – Club News – Aberdeen complete signing". premiumtv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nelson signs two-year deal". Notts County F.C. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport – Notts County release keeper Nelson but Edwards offered deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Gillingham bring Stuart Nelson, Ben Strevens and Charlie Allen to Priestfield". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Adam Barrett, Stuart Nelson, Bradley Dack and Matt Fish scoop awards at the Gillingham player-of-the-year event". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Keeper Stuart Nelson wins Gills' player-of-the-year award". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "STUART NELSON SIGNS TWO YEAR CONTRACT". Gillingham FC. 8 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson signs a new deal at Gillingham". Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Stuart Nelson: Yeovil Town sign former Gillingham keeper until end of the season". BBC Sport. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Nelson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  33. ^ "League Two review: Gillingham crowned champions as Aldershot take relegation fight down to the wire". Mail Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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