Leslie Nicholas "Nicky" Southall
(born 28 January 1972), is an English
who is a player/coach at Football League Two
, in his fourth spell with the club. He has played in all tiers of English league football and has also appeared in the Premier League
for Bolton Wanderers
. He has also played for Hartlepool United
, Grimsby Town
, Norwich City
, Nottingham Forest
and Dover Athletic
Childhood and early career
A former pupil of Coulby Newham
Secondary School, he has used his second given name since childhood. He started his career as a left-winger, but has played in most positions, including goalkeeper.
Southall was spotted playing Sunday football for Nunthorpe
Boys and was offered a trial at Newcastle United
. After realising he'd have little chance of breaking into the Newcastle team he left and joined Darlington
on schoolboy terms.
Darlington let him go but he resumed his career with Hartlepool United
where he was a regular in the first team for four seasons. Every one of his 130 appearances for Hartlepool was as a member of the starting line-up, and he scored 28 goals.
He was transferred to Grimsby Town
40,000 and played 55 times, scoring nine goals. On his home debut he had to play in goal after the Grimsby keeper was sent off – allegedly, the other players forced him in because he had the same surname as legendary Everton keeper Neville Southall
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