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Alan Nelmes

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Full nameAlan Nelmes
Playing positionDefender (retired)

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Alan Victor Nelmes (born 20 October 1948 in Hackney, London) is a retired English footballer who played as a central defender for Chelsea and Brentford.

Nelmes was born in Hackney but moved to south London where he attended Ingram High School near Selhurst Park. Despite this proximity to Crystal Palace F.C.'s football ground, he want on to become a trainee at Chelsea for whom he signed in October 1965. In that season, Chelsea finished 5th in the First Division (then the top division) but Nelmes made no appearances for the first team. He signed for Brentford F.C. in October 1967, then in the fourth division. He wore the number 2 shirt in his first two seasons, and scored two goals in those seasons as well. He helped Brentford achieve promotion in the 1972 season, although they were relegated the next year. In total, he played for Brentford for nine seasons making 350 appearances (311 in the league) He picked up the nickname 'Spider' in this time.

After a long career with Brentford, Nelmes went to Hillingdon Borough in 1976, and from there joined Hayes F.C. in August 1977. During his time at Hayes he lived at Isleworth and worked at the Watney brewery at Mortlake. He only stayed with Hayes for one season, making 51+3 appearances, and later played for Southall.

Nelmes is married to Norma, and has 2 sons, Martin and Stuart. Martin played tennis and football to county level and is a LTA quailifed tennis coach. Stuart plays cricket for Middleton Sports Club in the Sussex Cricket League and has just passed his Citrix XenDesktop 5.0 exam, becoming a Certified Citrix Administrator.

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