Stuart Nicholson

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Stuart Nicholson
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Personal information
Full name Stuart Ian Nicholson
Date of birth (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Springvale City FC
Youth career
West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 West Bromwich Albion 9 (4)
2006–2007 Bristol Rovers (loan) 10 (2)
2007 Bristol Rovers (loan) 12 (8)
2007 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 14 (1)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2009 Newcastle Blue Star 5 (5)
2009 Tamworth 7 (4)
2009 AFC Telford United (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2010 West Allotment Celtic 5 (8)
2010 Sunshine George Cross 9 (6)
2010 Northcote City 8 (6)
2010 Birtley Town 7 (9)
2010–2011 Hebburn Town 7 (9)
2011 Bentleigh Greens 11 (3)
2011–2012 Moreland Zebras 10 (11)
2013 Jarrow Roofing B CA 20 (33)
2014 FC Clifton Hill 12 (17)
2014 St Albans Saints SC 2 (2)
2014 FC Clifton Hill
2015 Preston Lions FC 9 (2)
2015 Westgate FC 5 (3)
2016– Springvale City 23 (20)
National team
England U19 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:56, 2 January 2011 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:30, December 12, 2009 (UTC)

Stuart Ian Nicholson (born 3 February 1987) is a former professional footballer, currently playing in Melbourne, Australia, for Springvale City FC.

Stuart was also a former England Under-19 international[1]


West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Nicholson, made his debut for West Bromwich Albion on 17 January 2006, coming on as an extra-time substitute in a 3–2 FA Cup defeat away at Reading. He made his Premiership debut four days later in the 1–0 loss against Sunderland at The Hawthorns, when he replaced Nathan Ellington, whom he describes as his childhood hero.[2] He won the West Bromwich Albion Young Player of the Year award for 2005–06 and earned the nickname "The Knife" for his sharpness in front of goal.[3] He was given a place in the first team squad for the 2006-07 season, and marked his first start with a goal against Leyton Orient on 24 August in the first round of the League Cup.

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Nicholson joined Bristol Rovers on loan in November 2006. Unusually for someone born in the north-east of England, he has been a fan of the club since being given a Bristol Rovers shirt as a present when he was 14.[2] The loan was due to last three months, but Nicholson was recalled four weeks early by West Brom,[4] before returning to Bristol Rovers for a second loan spell during the same season.[5]

He scored a brace on 17 March 2007 against Notts County and followed it up with the winner against Stockport County on 20 March, both games at the Memorial Stadium. A stomach injury then kept him out of the team, and his loan spell was cut short in April when he returned to West Brom to have a hernia operation.[6]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

In August 2007 Nicholson joined Shrewsbury Town on a scheduled season-long loan.[7] However, by December he had found the net just once for the Shrews in 14 league appearances. On 18 December it was announced that he had returned to Albion due to an ongoing "personal problem", with his loan spell at Shrewsbury set to be officially ended in January.[8]


On 18 January 2008 Nicholson joined Wrexham on a three-month loan deal.[9] In April Albion confirmed that they would release the player in the summer when his existing contract expires.[1]

Newcastle Blue Star[edit]

He signed with Newcastle Blue Star in August 2008.[10]

On 7 November Nicholson joined A.F.C. Bournemouth on a week's trial,Bournemouth could not meet the asking price having been made available for transfer by Newcastle Blue Star after making five substitute appearances scoring in all up to that point in the 2008–09 season.[11] After having been released by Blue Star midway through the 2008–09 season, Nicholson trained with Blyth Spartans[12]


Nicholson's next move was a return to the midlands to team up with Conference North side Tamworth in January, 2009. He made his debut for Tamworth on 27 January 2009 against King's Lynn in a home Conference North fixture in a year that Tamworth won promotion to the Conference National. Stuart was given the number 9 shirt and after 2 months he handed in a transfer request due to the fact Mills wanted to play him as a lone striker and at Nicholsons stature and to the dislike of Gary Mills he was put on gardening leave.

Preston Lions FC[edit]

Preston Lions FC has signed former West Bromwich Albion striker Stuart Nicholson for the 2015 Victorian State League 1 NW season. Stuart comes across from Moreland Zebras where he spent two years and it is the first new summer signing for coach Andy O'Dell, who says the addition of the pacey striker as 'an excellent opportunity both for player and club'.


  1. ^ a b "Nicholson to leave Baggies". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 9 April 2008. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "How Stuart became hooked on Gas". 15 November 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2007. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "It's Nich the Knife!". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2008. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "West Brom recall Pirates loanee". BBC Sport. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Nicholson is high on Gas". 1 February 2007. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Nicholson ends Rovers loan spell". BBC Sport. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "Nicholson joins Shrewsbury on loan". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 16 August 2007. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Nicholson sent back to West Brom". BBC Sport. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Quartet join Wrexham with one out". BBC Sport. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Starring role for ace Stuart Nicholson". Evening Chronicle (England). 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "Blue Star primed to face Cup shock troops". Evening Chronicle. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Dunn gathers his troops for injury-hit Blyth". Chronicle Live. ncjMedia. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 

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