Shane Michael Nicholson (born 3 June 1970 in Newark-on-Trent)[1] is an English retired professional footballer who played as a left back.[1] In his 21-year career Nicholson played for 8 clubs, played in 523 league matches, scoring 31 goals. In all competitions, Nicholson played in 594 matches, scoring 34 goals.

Shane Nicholson
Personal information
Full name Shane Michael Nicholson
Date of birth (1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Newark-on-Trent, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Lincoln City 133 (6)
1992–1996 Derby County 74 (1)
1996–1998 West Bromwich Albion 52 (0)
1998–1999 Chesterfield 24 (1)
1999–2001 Stockport County 77 (3)
2001–2002 Sheffield United 25 (3)
2002–2004 Tranmere Rovers 54 (6)
2004–2007 Chesterfield 68 (12)
2006–2007Lincoln City (loan) 8 (0)
2007Boston United (loan) 6 (0)
Total 523 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Footballing careerEdit

Playing careerEdit

Lincoln CityEdit

Nicholson started his career with Lincoln City in 1986.[2] Nicholson made his début for the club on 22 November 1986 in a match against Burnley, becoming the youngest ever Lincoln City player to play in the Football League, at the age of 16 years and 172 days.[3] Nicholson went on to play in seven league games during the 1986–87 season,[2] a campaign which ended in the club being relegated from The Football League, the first team to go down to Non-League football in the post election system.[3] They did, however return to the League in the 1987–88 season, after winning the Football Conference.[3] After the club's promotion to the Division Four, Nicholson became a first team regular, playing 126 league games in four seasons, scoring six goals.[2]

Derby CountyEdit

Nicholson joined Division Two (2nd tier) outfit Derby County on 22 April 1992 for a fee of £100,000.[4] When he joined The Rams, they were hoping to get promoted to the newly founded FA Premier League, but missed out in the playoffs despite finishing in 3rd place; Nicholson did not play any matches in the run in.[2] While at the Baseball Ground, Nicholson was not a regular in the starting line-up, playing in 74 matches and scoring one goal in 3½ seasons[2] and left the club in February 1996.

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

On 9 February 1996 Nicholson joined Division One (2nd tier) rivals West Bromwich Albion, for a fee of £150,000.[4] In his first half season at The Baggies, the 1995–96 season, he played 18 league matches, most of the clubs remaining league games.[2] In his first full season however, the 1996–97 season, as at Derby, he was not a regular, playing in just 18 matches,[2] and in the following 1997–98 season, 16 matches[2] before being suspended after failing a drugs test,[5] testing positive for traces of amphetamines.[5] He was sacked by the club, and his appeal was denied.


In August 1998, Nicholson's ban was lifted, and he joined Division Two (3rd tier) club Chesterfield,[4] with whom he had been training.[6] He only spent one season at in his first time spent with The Spireites, the 1998–99 season, where he played in 24 league matches, scoring one goal.[2]

Stockport CountyEdit

On 4 June 1999, Nicholson joined Division One (2nd tier) club Stockport County on a free transfer.[4] In his first season for the club, the 1999–2000 season Nicholson scored 1 goal in 42 league appearances[2] and in the following 2000–01 season, scored two goals in 35 league games.[2]

Sheffield UnitedEdit

On 6 June 2001, Nicholson joined fellow Division One (2nd tier) club Sheffield United on a free transfer, signing on three-year contract.[7] In his one season at Bramall Lane, the 2001–02 season, Nicholson played in 25 league games scoring three goals.[2]

Tranmere RoversEdit

On 15 July 2002, Nicholson joined Division Two (3rd tier) club Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer, signing on two-year contract.[8] In his two years for the club, Nicholson played in 54 league matches, scoring six goals,[2] before being released in May 2004.[9]

Return to ChesterfieldEdit

After his release by Tranmere Rovers, Nicholson rejoined Chesterfield on 29 June 2004, on a one-year contract.[10] After giving some impressive performances during the 2004–05 season, scoring seven goals in 43 league appearances,[2] Nicholson's contract was extended, but the captain's next season was cut short due to injury and needed emergency treatment to an infection in his leg following keyhole surgery.[11] Prior to this injury, Nicholson had scored five goals in 25 league matches during the 2005–06 season.[2] Nicholson was offered a one-year extension to his contract,[12] but after accepting the offer injured his knee in a friendly versus Sheffield Wednesday and was expected to be out for two–three weeks.[13] Nicholson never recovered from this form and only played in three games, all as substitute, totalling up to 48 minutes, two in the league and one in the Football League Cup.[4] In November 2006, Nicholson joined Lincoln City on 23 November 2006, 20 years and 1 day after his league début for the club.[14] He played in eight games for The Imps, scoring no goals, before returning to Chesterfield in January 2007.[4] On 19 January 2007, Nicholson joined Boston United on loan for a month.[15] The loan move was extended until the end of the 2006–07 season.[16] The move was cut short due to injury in March 2007. During his loan at York Street, Nicholson played in six league games, scoring no goals.[4] He was released as a player in May 2007[17] and announced his retirement from professional football.[17]

Coaching careerEdit

After he announcing his retirement from football in 2007, Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson announced that Nicholson would become the clubs rehabilitation and fitness coach.[17]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack. "English League Players Directory". SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL YEARBOOK 2006–2007 (37th ed.). Headline Publishing Group. p. 462. ISBN 0-7553-1526-X.
  3. ^ a b c Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack. "English League Clubs – Lincoln City". SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL YEARBOOK 2006–2007 (37th ed.). Headline Publishing Group. pp. 228 & 229. ISBN 0-7553-1526-X.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Shane Nicholson's Soccerbase profile". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Footballer suspended after failing a drugs test". BBC. 10 November 1997. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Nicholson drug ban is lifted". The Independent. 14 August 1998. Retrieved 9 June 2007.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Blades seal Nicholson deal". BBC Sport. 6 June 2001. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  8. ^ "Rovers snap up Nicholson". BBC Sport. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Tranmere release quintet". BBC Sport. 7 May 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Nicholson joins Spireites". BBC Sport. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Nicholson released from hospital". BBC Sport. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  12. ^ "Nicholson offered new contract". BBC Sport. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  13. ^ "Injuries mount up at Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  14. ^ "Veteran Nicholson back at Lincoln". BBC Sport. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  15. ^ "Boston sign Spireites' Nicholson". BBC Sport. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  16. ^ "Nicholson extends stint at Boston". BBC Sport. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  17. ^ a b c "RICO WIELDS THE AXE". Derbyshire Times. 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2007.