Here you’ll find the major infos about Nicky’s soccer career.
- He began to play football when he was three.
- From the age of six he played for Home Farm in Dublin. He played there for nine years.
- In his final year he went to St. Kelvin’s.
- He was a goalkeeper.
- At twelve he won Best Goalkeeper in Europe.
- He played for Ireland Under – 15s, 16s and 18s.
- He had trials with Derby County, Everton, Coventry, Newcastle and Leeds United.
- Finally he signed to Leeds United for two years.
- He’d only been at the club for two months when he was named in the first team squad for a match at Southampton although he didn’t play that day. But there was a problem: he flitted in and out of the team.
- His kit number was 42.
- In 1997 his football career was over. The new manager, George Graham, told him that they weren’t going to keep him because of his height. He needed to grow a few inches but it didn’t happen. His contract was up in June.
- There were options: playing in the part-time Irish leagues or playing English club like Scarborough or Cambridge. But he wasn’t interested so he went to home.