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Peter Nicholas (footballer)

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Full name  Peter Nicholas
Name  Peter Nicholas
Years  Team
Role  Footballer
1976–1981  Crystal Palace
Playing position  Midfielder
1981–1983  Arsenal

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Date of birth  (1959-11-10) 10 November 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth  Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

Peter Nicholas (born 10 November 1959) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international, now football manager.


Peter Nicholas (footballer) Peter NICHOLAS International football caps for Wales Wales

He was capped 73 times at senior level for Wales between 1979 and 1991.

Crystal Palace

Nicholas was born in Newport. He joined his first professional club, Crystal Palace, in 1976 as a youth player. He spent five seasons at Selhurst Park, and played over 150 matches for the Eagles, picking up the Second Division title in 1978-79. In the meantime he had made his debut for Wales, and would go on to win 73 caps for his country, scoring 2 goals. Originally a centre half, he was later moved into midfield and became known as a tough-tackling and uncompromising defensive midfielder.


However, despite his best efforts the Eagles could not sustain their place in the top flight and Nicholas was sold to Arsenal in March 1981 for £500,000, shortly before Palace's relegation back to the Second Division. At Arsenal, Nicholas went straight into the first team and didn't finish on a losing side for the rest of the 1980-81 season. He made 41 appearances the next season, and became captain of Wales as well. However, a series of injuries in the 1982-83 season meant his place in the Arsenal side became uncertain. In all, he played 80 matches for Arsenal, scoring three goals. His goals came in the league against Ipswich Town in April 1981 and he scored further goals in the League Cup; one against Norwich City in the 1981-82 season and one against Manchester United in the semi final (first leg) of the 1982-83 League Cup. He is also remembered for going in goal in an FA Cup tie against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in January 1982 after Pat Jennings was injured.

Return to Crystal Palace

Looking for first team football, he returned to Palace on loan in August 1983 and at the end of that season the move was made permanent for £150,000. However, his second spell at Palace was not as successful, and he signed for Luton Town in 1985. He played over 100 games for the Hatters and his form noticeably improved.


He was signed by Aberdeen for £350,000 in 1987. In 1987-88, he reached the Scottish League Cup final, against Rangers; the match finished 3-3 and Nicholas missed a penalty in the ensuing shootout, which meant Aberdeen went home empty-handed.

Later career

He later had spells with Chelsea (winning another Second Division winners' medal), and Watford before retiring in 1993.

After retirement, he became Chelsea's youth coach, before moving to Brentford and then returning to his old club Crystal Palace to take the same role there. He was later promoted to assistant manager at Palace, before being appointed manager of League of Wales side Barry Town, where he won the title in 2001. He was also manager of Newport County from 2002 until 2004 and led them to the 2003 FAW Premier Cup final. From August 2005 to April 2009 he was manager of Llanelli and won the Welsh Premier League title in 2008. He was replaced by Andy Legg in April 2009.


Crystal Palace
  • FA Youth Cup Winner: 1
  • Manager

  • Welsh Premier League Winner: 1
  • Welsh League Cup Winner: 1
  • References

    Peter Nicholas (footballer) Wikipedia

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