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Andrew Nicholas

Personal information
Full nameAndrew Peter Nicholas
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubBarrow

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Andrew Peter Nicholas (born 10 October 1983 in Liverpool) is an English footballer currently playing for Barrow. Nicholas plays as a central defender.

"Nico" began his career at Liverpool, where he was timed as being faster than England international Michael Owen. He was also a youth captain. He briefly played along side his less successful brother, Chris, however he never made it as a footballer, focusing instead on cricket, however he later failed at this too and became a geography teacher at Reading School. Andrew Nicholas was released in the summer of 2003 but swiftly snapped up by Swindon Town manager Andy King on a one year contract.

"Nico" did not appear in the Swindon first team until October but soon found himself a regular as the Robins earned a place in the Division Two play-offs only to lose narrowly to Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-finals. During the season a two-year extension to his Swindon contract was offered which he accepted. Injuries and lack of form kept "Nico" out of the team in his next season and spent a month out on loan to Chester City before returning for the remaining fixtures of Swindon's season.

"Nico" found himself out of the squad at the start of the 2005/06 season, not helped by a poor showing against Oldham Athletic, but Swindon suffered a horrendous run of form which saw King sacked and Iffy Onuora take over as Swindon manager. "Nico" found himself back in the starting line-up for the remainder of the season. Nicholas was offered a one-year contract by Onuora at the end of the season but before agreeing terms, Onuora was dismissed as manager and was swiftly replaced by Dennis Wise. Wise felt it was unfair to withdraw the offer and Nicholas signed up for the 2006/07 League Two campaign becoming Swindon's longest serving player in the process.

"Nico" was released by new manager Maurice Malpas at the end of the 2007 08 season, ending his five-year career with Swindon with 6 goals from 141 games in all competitions. He then signed for Rotherham United at the end of August 2008. He spent two seasons in the club, including a loan spell at Mansfield Town. After leaving Rotherham he signed for Barrow of the Football Conference. Despite his perceived slump in form seeing him fall down the leagues he remains popular with Swindon Town FC fans, they even formed a facebook group in his honor but as yet there has been no response from the manager Paulo Di Canio or the club board. It is rumored Swindon will face stiff competition from Reading FC and Southampton FC for his signature. In May 2011 he was transfer listed by Barrow, but removed from the list in July.

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