Nigel Philip Spink
(born 8 August 1958) is a former football goalkeeper
who made his name at Aston Villa
and also made one appearance for England
at international level on the tour of Australia in 1983.
Spink began his career at Writtle Minors moving up to the Senior side Writtle Football ClubGallacher, Eric. Writtle Football Club Centenary Book 1902/03 to 2002/03
. before going as an apprentice to West Ham United
, but soon moved to Chelmsford City
and then, at the age of just 18, to Aston Villa
. It was almost five years before his big break in the first team came along, and it came on the biggest stage of all - the European Cup
Final. Ten minutes into the 1982 final
against Bayern Munich
, Villa's first choice goalkeeper, Jimmy Rimmer
, was injured and substitute keeper Spink was called into action, having only made one previous appearance in the first team. Spink performed superbly, keeping a clean sheet, and Villa won the game 1-0.
He went on to make 460 appearances for Villa before moving to neighbouring club West Bromwich Albion
in 1996, almost two decades after first joining Villa. Spink became the oldest goalkeeper to appear for Albion when, at the age of 39 years and 19 days, he kept goal in a League Cup tie against Cambridge United on 27 August 1997. The record still stands as of 27 August 2007. In all he made 24... Read More