Stuart Nelson


Stuart James Nelson (born 17 September 1981) is an English professional footballer who last played for League Two side Crawley Town as a goalkeeper.

Stuart Nelson
Nelson playing for Aberdeen in 2009
Personal information
Full name Stuart James Nelson[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-17) 17 September 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Stroud, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
FC Battledown
Cirencester College Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2000 Cirencester Town
2000–2002 Millwall 0 (0)
2002–2003 Doncaster Rovers 2 (0)
2003–2004 Hucknall Town 20 (0)
2004–2007 Brentford 116 (0)
2007–2008 Leyton Orient 30 (0)
2008–2009 Norwich City 0 (0)
2009–2010 Aberdeen 3 (0)
2010–2012 Notts County 79 (0)
2012–2018 Gillingham 195 (0)
2018–2020 Yeovil Town 40 (0)
2020–2021 Crawley Town 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:22, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Career


Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Nelson started his career at Cheltenham youth club FC Battledown.[3] He also played for the Cirencester College Football Academy team, Millwall and Cirencester Town.[1][3] County Cup success led to him being spotted by Northern Premier League side Hucknall Town after a spell with Doncaster Rovers.

Brentford

Nelson joined Brentford from Hucknall in February 2004 for a fee of £10,000. He was sent off on his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion.[4] He completed his first full season with Brentford in 2004–05, maintaining 21 clean sheets and helping the team into the promotion play-offs.[5] He signed a new two-year contract in August 2005.[6]

Nelson was appointed club captain for the 2006–07 season and scored the decisive penalty in a League Cup first round shootout win over Swindon Town.[7] However, a ligament injury picked up in October meant that he was unable to play again until 2007.[8] He returned and played 6 games towards the end of the season.[9] He was released by Brentford on 16 May 2007.[10]

Leyton Orient

Nelson signed for Leyton Orient in summer 2007, but left less than a year later by mutual consent due to relocating issues. On 1 August 2008, Norwich City confirmed the signing of Nelson after he impressed Glenn Roeder while on trial at Carrow Road.[11] He was released at the end of his one-year contract the following summer having made no first team appearances.

Aberdeen

On 27 July 2009, Nelson signed a one-year contract with Scottish Premier League team Aberdeen.[12] In May 2010 Nelson turned down an offer of a new contract.

Notts County

On 23 June 2010, Nelson signed a two-year contract with League One team Notts County.[13] Upon his signing for Notts County, he became the first choice goalkeeper; a position he retained in the 2011–12 season. However, on 9 May 2012, he was released by Notts County along with 12 of his teammates.[14]

Gillingham

On 20 July 2012, Nelson signed for Football League Two side Gillingham on a free transfer, on a two-year deal.[15] He made his debut for Gillingham on 18 August 2012 against Bradford City. In his first season with the club Nelson won the League Two title and was runner up at the Player of the Season awards.[16]

He received the club's player of the year award for the 2013–14 season.[17] In May 2014, Nelson signed a new two-year contract,[18] and in June 2016 signed a further two-year contract with the club.[19] He was named Vice-Captain for the 2016–17 season. He made his 200th start for the team in December 2016.[20] On 5 December 2017, Nelson made his 223rd competitive appearance for Gillingham which took him to 3rd on all time appearances for a goalkeeper for the club. Only Ron Hillyard (1st) and John Simpson (2nd) have played more times in goal for the club.[21] The following month, however, Nelson left Gillingham having agreed the termination of his contract.[22]

Yeovil Town

On 20 February 2018, Nelson signed for League Two side Yeovil Town until the end of the season.[23] He signed a new contract with Yeovil at the end of the 2017–18 season.[24] He was released at the end of the 2019–20 season as a result of budget cuts.[25]

Crawley Town

On 7 November 2020, Nelson signed for League Two side Crawley Town on a three-month deal.[26] On 12 January 2021, Nelson signed a contract extension to remain at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season.[27]

Personal life


Nelson played rugby as a youngster and represented Gloucestershire.[5]

Career statistics


As of match played 14 November 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Doncaster Rovers 2002–03[28] Football Conference 2000000020
Hucknall Town 2003–04[29] Northern Premier League No appearance data available
Brentford 2003–04[29] League Two 9000000090
2004–05[30] League One 43090102[lower-alpha 1]0550
2005–06[31] League One 45060102[lower-alpha 1]0540
2006–07[9] League One 190002000210
Total 116015040401390
Leyton Orient 2007–08[32] League One 300102000330
Norwich City 2008–09 Championship 0000000000
Aberdeen 2009–10[33] Scottish Premier League 3000000030
Notts County 2010–11[34] League One 330302000380
2011–12[35] League One 46040101[lower-alpha 2]0520
Total 790703010900
Gillingham 2012–13[36] League Two 450102000480
2013–14[37] League One 46020101[lower-alpha 2]0500
2014–15[38] League One 24010005[lower-alpha 2]0300
2015–16[39] League One 46010202[lower-alpha 2]0510
2016–17[40] League One 34020303[lower-alpha 2]0420
2017–18[41] League One 0000002[lower-alpha 2]020
Total 195070801302230
Yeovil Town 2017–18[41] League Two 5050
2018–19[42] League Two 12000001[lower-alpha 2]0130
2019–20[43] National League 230202[lower-alpha 3]0270
Total 400200030450
Crawley Town 2020–21[44] League Two 1010001[lower-alpha 2]030
Career total 46603301702205380
  1. Appearances in the League One play-offs
  2. Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. One appearance in the FA Trophy, one appearance in National League play-offs

Honours


Gillingham

Individual

References


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