Nick Hammond

Nicholas David Hammond (born 7 September 1967 in Hornchurch, England) is an English former football goalkeeper.

Nick Hammond
Personal information
Full name Nicholas David Hammond
Date of birth (1967-09-07) 7 September 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Hornchurch, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Arsenal
1986Bristol Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
1986Peterborough Utd (loan) 0 (0)
1987Aberdeen (loan)
1987–1995 Swindon Town 67 (0)
1995–1996 Plymouth Argyle 4 (0)
1996–2000 Reading 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Hammond was an Arsenal apprentice, making his league début whilst on loan at Bristol Rovers in 1986, followed by further loan spells at Peterborough United and Aberdeen.

Hammond joined Swindon Town on a free transfer in July 1987, and while there he twice broke his leg which resulted in him taking the number 23 shirt for the 1993–94 Premier League campaign, rather than the unlucky number 13. He was one of four goalkeepers used by Swindon throughout that season alongside Fraser Digby, Jon Sheffield and Paul Heald.

A short spell at Plymouth Argyle culminated in a loan to Reading in December 1995, with the move being made permanent for £40,000 a month later. A highly regarded goalkeeping coach,[by whom?] Hammond was handed a coaching role by Alan Pardew and he subsequently retired from playing after suffering a recurrent back injury.

Coaching careerEdit

In October 2000, Hammond took over from John Stephenson to become Reading's Youth Academy Director, and was appointed the Club's first-ever Director of Football in September 2003.[1]

In April 2016, Hammond ended his 20-year association with Reading to become Technical Director at West Bromwich Albion.[2] In June 2019, Scottish Premiership club Celtic appointed Hammond to a recruitment consultancy role.[3][4] Celtic then named him as their head of football operations in October 2019.[5]


  1. ^ "Hammond continues as coach". BBC Sport. 23 September 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Nicky Hammond leaves Reading to join West Bromwich Albion". BBC Sport. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Celtic appoint recruitment chief Nick Hammond". BBC Sport. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Nick Hammond appointment at Celtic". Celtic FC. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Celtic: Nick Hammond is appointed head of football operations". BBC Sport. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.

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