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Stuart Nicholson
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Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:22 (6)
Date of birth:3 February 1987
Place of birth:Newcastle
Height:5 ft 10 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:15 November 2006
& 30 January 2007
Joined from:West Bromwich Albion
Date left:19 January 2007
& 26 April 2007
1 League appearances and goals only.

Stuart Nicholson is a striker who had two loan spells at Rovers during the 2006-07 season. He was very popular with Rovers fans as he openly admitted being a Bristol Rovers fan, despite being born in Newcastle, around 300 miles from Bristol.

The story goes that Stuart, as a teenager, was given a Rovers shirt by a friend of his dad. He wore the shirt whilst playing in a park and had "an absolute blinder" and became a Rovers fan from then on. Nicholson could've become a Rovers player before 2006, as he had sent a letter to the club whilst Ray Graydon was in charge, asking for a trial but was never contacted.

CareerEdit

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

Nicholson's professional career started with West Bromwich Albion where he was given a three year youth scholarship by then youth boss, and ex-gashead, Aidy Boothroyd. His debut for the club came in an FA Cup Third Round Replay against Reading as an extra-time substitute for Ronnie Wallwork. Just four days later, he made his Premier League debut in a televised match against Sunderland. He replaced his Rovers hero Nathan Ellington.

His first Baggies start came in a Carling Cup game away to Leyton Orient. He scored his first goal in that game too. He scored again in his next Baggies start, this time from the penalty spot, again in the Carling Cup against Cheltenham Town.

Loans to Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury and WrexhamEdit

He was loaned to Rovers with a view to getting first team experience. He made a near instant impact at Rovers, scoring in his second game, a 2-0 home win against Barnet. He was a first team regular until he was recalled by West Brom to help ease a "crisis" due to a number of injuries to key players at the Hawthorns.

Nicholson would rejoin Rovers just 11 days later and continued to help Rovers' push towards the League Two Play-Off's and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. He picked up a stomach injury and was forced to return to the Midlands for a hernia operation.

The 2007-08 season would again see Nicholson loaned out twice. He joined Shrewsbury Town in August on a year-long deal but returned in December for personal reasons. His time at Shrewsbury was far less successful then his time at Rovers, scoring just once in 16 games. In January he joined Wrexham on a three month deal, but again found things difficult, failing to score at all in 13 appearances for the struggling Welsh side.

Newcastle Blue StarEdit

At the end of the season, he was released by West Brom and he moved back home to Newcastle to join non-league side Newcastle Blue Star, but in November 2008 he joined AFC Bournemouth for a week's trial after being made available for transfer. He was due to play in Bournemouth's reserve game against Plymouth Argyle on 10 November, but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Following this he was released by Blue Star and began training with Blyth Spartans in order to maintain his fitness.

Tamworth/AFC Telford United/West Allotment CelticEdit

Stuart joined Conference North side Tamworth in January 2009. He scored on his début for Staffordshire club, a 2–0 victory over King's Lynn, after coming onto the pitch as an 89th-minute substitute. He began the 2009–10 season with Tamworth, but was soon loaned out to AFC Telford United for one game, before joining West Allotment Celtic for a couple of months.

AustraliaEdit

He moved to Australia for the 2010 season, to play for Victorian Premier League side Sunshine George Cross, before signing for their divisional rivals Northcote City midway through the season.

Return to EnglandEdit

In October 2010 he returned to England and joined Birtley Town in division two of the Northern League before moving to Hebburn Town on the 26th of that month.

He turned down the offer of a contract with Melbourne Knights in February 2011 in order to continue playing for Hebburn.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2005–06West Bromwich Albion 40
2006–07West Bromwich Albion 20
2006–07Bristol Rovers (loan)102
2006–07Bristol Rovers (loan)124
2007–08West Bromwich Albion 00
2007–08Shrewsbury Town (loan)141
2007–08Wrexham (loan)130
2008–09Newcastle Blue Star 51
2008–09Tamworth 111
2009–10Tamworth ??
2009–10AFC Telford United (loan)10
2009–10West Allotment Celtic 65
2010Sunshine George Cross 103
2010Northcote City 51
2010–11Birtley Town ??
2010–11Hebburn Town ??
2011–12Hebburn Town ??

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