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Curtis Alexander Nelson (born 21 May 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Championship club Cardiff City.

Curtis Nelson
Personal information
Full name Curtis Alexander Nelson[1]
Date of birth (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back[4]
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 16
Youth career
2002–2008 Stoke City
2008–2009 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 Plymouth Argyle 213 (8)
2016–2019 Oxford United 99 (7)
2019– Cardiff City 1 (0)
National team
2011 England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:09, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

He was capped by England at under-18 level. Nelson made his debut in the Football League in 2010.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Nelson was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.[4] He is a cousin of sprinters Ashleigh[5] and Alexander Nelson[6] and his younger brother Wes appeared in series 4 of the reality TV show Love Island in 2018.[6]

CareerEdit

Plymouth ArgyleEdit

Nelson spent seven years with Stoke City as a schoolboy before being released in February 2009. He joined Plymouth Argyle two months later.[7] His performances in the 2009–10 season for the youth team and reserves, in both defence and midfield, earned him a place in the first-team squad for the club's final match of the campaign against Peterborough United.[8] Nelson trained with the first team during throughout their 2010–11 pre-season and impressed manager Peter Reid. "I was very impressed with young Curtis," said Reid. "I like young players and he will be training with us all the time now. He played centre-back last year but he can play midfield as well."[9] He made his first-team debut on 10 August 2010 in the League Cup against Notts County, replacing Anton Peterlin as a second-half substitute.[10][11]

He signed his first professional contract in October 2010, one that would last until the end of the 2011–12 season.[12] His performances for Argyle led to a call-up to the England under-18 team to play Italy in April 2011.[13] He replaced George Moncur in the second half as England drew 1–1.[14] Nelson appeared in 35 league matches during his debut season and three more in cup competitions.[7][15] He finished the season by winning the club's Young Player of the Year award.[16] Nelson began the new season in the team, but lost his place in November after the club signed Maxime Blanchard and Darren Purse.[15] A knee injury in December meant a lengthy spell on the sidelines and new manager Carl Fletcher stressed that it was important Nelson took as long as he needed to make a full recovery.[17]

Nelson signed a new undisclosed contract in April 2012, along with teammates Luke Young and Jared Sims.[18][19] Nelson finished the season with 21 appearances in all competitions.[7] He scored his first senior goal in a win against Northampton Town in September.[20] "I ran over to the fans to celebrate, but I didn't know what to do," said Nelson.[20] In April 2013, he became the youngest Plymouth Argyle captain since Norman Piper in August 1967 when he led the team in a win against Cheltenham Town.[21] "It was a great honour. To be the captain at such a young age, I wasn't expecting it at all."[21] Nelson made 32 appearances in the 2012–13 campaign and scored three goals.[7] On 7 May 2014, Nelson committed to the Pilgrims by signing a new two-year contract with the club.[22]

Oxford UnitedEdit

On 4 July 2016, Nelson signed for newly promoted League One club Oxford United on a two-year contract,[23] later extended by a year.[24] Before the start of his second season at the club, following the departure of John Lundstram, he was appointed team captain.[25] He suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a home defeat to Northampton Town in November 2017 and was ruled out for the remainder of the season,[26] teammate John Mousinho replacing him as captain.[27] Nelson returned, earlier than expected, to the first team as a substitute on 14 April 2018 and was immediately handed the captain's armband,[28] though Mousinho later took the armband permanently.[29] Nelson declined a contract renewal and left Oxford after the 2018–19 season, having appeared 121 times in all competitions, scoring 8 times, in his three seasons with the club.[30]

Cardiff CityEdit

Nelson signed for newly relegated Championship club Cardiff City on 27 June 2019 on a free transfer on a two-year contract.[31] He made his debut as a substitute in place of Marlon Pack during a 3–0 defeat to Reading.[32]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 18 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle 2009–10[33] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[34] League One 35 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 38 0
2011–12[35] League Two 17 0 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 21 0
2012–13[36] League Two 27 3 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 32 3
2013–14[37] League Two 44 1 5 1 1 0 2[a] 0 52 2
2014–15[38] League Two 44 1 2 0 1 0 4[b] 0 51 1
2015–16[39] League Two 46 3 1 0 1 0 6[c] 0 54 3
Total 213 8 12 1 7 0 16 0 248 9
Oxford United 2016–17[40] League One 33 2 4 1 1 0 5[d] 0 43 3
2017–18[41] League One 20 1 0 0 1 0 2[d] 0 23 1
2018–19[42] League One 46 4 4 0 1 0 4[d] 0 55 4
Total 99 7 8 1 3 0 11 0 121 8
Cardiff City 2019–20[43] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 313 15 20 2 10 0 27 0 370 17
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, three in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EFL: Club retained and released lists published". English Football League. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Curtis Nelson". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Curtis Nelson". Cardiff City F.C. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Curtis Nelson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Meet the Plymouth athletes competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland". The Herald. Plymouth. 20 July 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b Herring, Naomi (5 June 2018). "Love Island 2018 link to Oxford United has captain Curtis Nelson particularly interested this series". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Curtis Nelson". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Plymouth 1–2 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Half Nelson" Archived 15 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Plymouth Argyle F.C. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Full Nelson" Archived 21 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Plymouth Argyle F.C. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Plymouth 0–1 Notts County". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Curtis Contract". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Call Up For Curtis". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Lions held to draw in Carpi". The Football Association. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Season's been a learning curve". The Herald. Plymouth. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Perrow, Mark (6 May 2011). "Peter's Praise For Fletch & Nelse". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  17. ^ Bradford, Andy (6 March 2012). "Nelson on Way Back". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Signed On". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Curtis Nelson, Luke Young and Jared Sims sign Plymouth Argyle deals". BBC Sport. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  20. ^ a b "Curtis Nelson: I didn't know what to do after scoring". The Herald. Plymouth. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  21. ^ a b Errington, Chris (8 April 2013). "It was 'a great honour' to be Plymouth Argyle captain, says Curtis Nelson". The Herald. Plymouth. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Curtis Signs On". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 7 May 2014.
  23. ^ "Curtis Nelson: Oxford United sign former Plymouth Argyle captain". BBC Sport. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Oxford United: Karl Robinson chooses to release eight players at end of contracts". BBC Sport. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  25. ^ Pritchard, David (27 July 2017). "Curtis Nelson proud to be named Oxford United's new captain". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  26. ^ Johnson, Jack (13 November 2017). "Oxford United captain Curtis Nelson ruled out for rest of season with ruptured Achilles tendon". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  27. ^ Johnson, Jack (17 November 2017). "John Mousinho honoured to be named new captain, but Oxford United rocked by Rob Hall injury". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  28. ^ Pritchard, David. "Curtis Nelson thrilled to be back in Oxford United shirt". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  29. ^ Ball, Jak (18 September 2019). "Former Plymouth Argyle player Curtis Nelson stripped of captaincy at Oxford United". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  30. ^ Curtis Nelson at Soccerbase  
  31. ^ "Done deal: Curtis Nelson joins City!". Cardiff City F.C. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Reading 3–0 Cardiff City". BBC Sport. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  33. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  34. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  35. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  36. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  37. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  38. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  39. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  40. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  41. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  42. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  43. ^ "Games played by Curtis Nelson in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  44. ^ Scott, Ged (2 April 2017). "Coventry City 2–1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  45. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2018.

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