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Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan
Personal information
Full nameKevin Anthony Jance Nolan
Date of birth24 June 1982(age 34)
Place of birthLiverpool, England
Height1.83 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubWest Ham United

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Kevin Anthony Jance Nolan (born 24 June 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays for and is the current club captain of West Ham United in the Football League Championship. An attacking midfielder, he has represented England at under-21 level.

After growing up in Toxteth, Liverpool, Nolan signed for Bolton Wanderers at the age of 16. Part of the team that beat Preston North End in the 2001 Football League Championship play-offs to gain promotion to the Premier League, he soon became a regular first-team player for the club. He scored as Bolton beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in both of his first two seasons in the top tier of English football, as well as important goals that helped Bolton regularly finish in the top half of the Premier League table. Nolan was also a first team regular as Bolton qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club's history-where they reached the knockout stages. Following the departure of Jay-Jay Okocha in 2006, Nolan was appointed as the team captain, and he led the team once again to UEFA Cup qualification and, once again, eventual progression to the knockout round of the competition.

Following the arrival of Gary Megson as Bolton manager, the team's and Nolan's performances were criticised by a section of the club's fans. This resulted in the midfielder completing a £4 million transfer to Newcastle United in the January 2009 transfer window. He formed part of the team who were relegated to the Football League Championship at the end of the season, making ten appearances as the team finished in 18th position. Nolan's performances the following season were widely praised, as he scored 18 goals-including the first hat-trick of his career-to help the club gain promotion back to the Premier League as the division's champions. Following promotion, Nolan was promoted to club captain.

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