|Full name||Christopher John Nicholl|
|Date of birth||12 October 1946|
|Place of birth||Wilmslow, England|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
|1974-1983||Northern Ireland||51 (3)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Christopher John "Chris" Nicholl (born 12 October 1946 in Macclesfield is an English-born former footballer and manager of Northern Irish ancestry. Events 539 BC - The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Macclesfield is a market town in Cheshire, England with a population of about 50688 (2001 census for Macclesfield urban sub-area England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of
He played for Witton Albion, Burnley (1965-1968) (no league appearances), Halifax Town (1968-1969) (42 league appearances, 3 goals) and Luton Town (1969-1972) (97 league appearances, 6 goals), before establishing himself as a centre-half with Aston Villa (1972-1977) (210 league appearances, 11 goals). Burnley Football Club, nicknamed The Clarets, is a professional football club managed by Owen Coyle and based in Burnley, Lancashire Halifax Town Association Football Club were an English football team who most recently played in the Conference National. The Football League, also known as the Coca-Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons is a league competition featuring professional football clubs Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. He captained the side to victory over Everton in the 1976/1977 League Cup after two final replays. Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition The game is remembered for one of the greatest goals in any Aston Villa match, a forty yard left footer which helped take the match to extra time.
In Aston Villa's 2-2 draw with Leicester City in March 1976, Nicholl scored all four goals, including two own goals as well as both of Villa's. PLEASE NOTE This section is the introduction Please do not add too much detail here An own goal occurs in Association football and other goal-scoring games when a player scores a goal that is registered against his or her own team
He signed for Southampton F.C. in June 1977 and became the backbone of a successful side. Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. He scored eight goals in 228 league appearances, before joining Grimsby Town in August 1983, for whom he made 70 league appearances in three years. Grimsby Town are an English Football club playing in League Two, the fourth tier of English football
He won 51 Northern Ireland full international caps. The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international football.
He returned to Southampton as the club's manager when Lawrie McMenemy resigned in August 1985. Lawrie McMenemy MBE (born Gateshead, 28 July 1936) is a retired football coach best known for his spell as manager of Southampton He kept the Saints in the First Division but despite having players of the calibre of Danny and Rod Wallace, Alan Shearer and Matthew Le Tissier in his squad, he tended to be too cautious. David Lloyd "Danny" Wallace (born 21 January 1964) is an English former footballer who played for Southampton, Manchester Rodney Seymour "Rod" Wallace (born in Lewisham on 2 October 1969) is a retired English footballer who played for Southampton Alan Shearer, OBE (born 13 August 1970 is an English retired footballer who played as a Striker in the English Premier League for Matthew Paul "Matt" Le Tissier (born 14 October 1968 is a retired footballer who played for Southampton and England. During his 6 seasons in charge, Saints were under-achievers and his best result was in 1989-90 with a finish in 7th place achieved largely thanks to 20 goals from Le Tissier and 18 from Rod Wallace.
Nicholl did achieve a modicum of cup success with Saints losing 2-0 (after extra-time) in the semi-final of the FA Cup to Liverpool on 5 April 1986 and again to Liverpool in the semi-final of the League Cup the following season. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. Events 456 - St Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition
The following season Saints finished in 14th place and Nicholl was sacked in May 1991 and replaced by Ian Branfoot. Ian Grant Branfoot (born Gateshead, 26 January 1947 is a former football manager. Thus ended a period of managerial stability, with only 3 managers in 36 years and started Southampton's managerial merry-go-round which saw them appoint 12 managers over the next 15 years.
It was three years before Nicholl returned to football. Early in the 1994-95 season he replaced Kenny Hibbitt as manager of Walsall FC and his first season at the club was successful as they were promoted from Division Three as runners-up. Kenny Hibbitt (born January 3, 1951 in Bradford) is a former English footballer. Walsall Football Club are an English football club based in Walsall, West Midlands, currently playing in League One. The Saddlers finished in the top half of Division Two during the next two seasons but Nicholl quit in May 1997 after failing to get Walsall into Division One, citing family reasons.
He made a brief return to Walsall as then-manager Ray Graydon's assistant in November 2001, but left in January 2002 through loyalty to Graydon, who had been sacked. Ray Graydon (born 21 July, 1947) is an English football manager and retired football player He is now a regular at the Bescot Stadium, both as a supporter and as the correspondent for PA Sport. The Bescot Stadium (currently known as Banks's Stadium for sponsorship purposes situated in Bescot, Walsall, England, is the home ground of The Press Association is the national News agency of the United Kingdom and Ireland supplying news wire to almost all national and local newspapers TV & radio news as well
Following the sacking of former Walsall player-manager Paul Merson in February 2006, Nicholl offered his services to the club within hours of Merson's departure. Paul Charles Merson (born Harlesden, 20 March 1968) is a retired English football player and former player-manager of Walsall Nicholl remains popular amongst Walsall fans, but was not offered the manager's job - which later went to former Birmingham City captain Kevan Broadhurst. Birmingham City Football Club is an English Professional football club based in the city of Birmingham. Kevan Broadhurst (born 3 June 1959) is an English former professional footballer coach and football manager
In 1998, he was invited to work alongside Lawrie McMenemy as assistant manager of Northern Ireland where he spent the next two years. Lawrie McMenemy MBE (born Gateshead, 28 July 1936) is a retired football coach best known for his spell as manager of Southampton The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international football.