Sam Nicholson

Summary

Sam Nicholson
Sam Nicholson - Minnesota United (cropped).jpg
Nicholson playing for Minnesota in 2017
Personal information
Full name Sam Alastair Nicholson[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Bristol Rovers
Number 11
Youth career
2007–2013 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Heart of Midlothian 109 (13)
2017–2018 Minnesota United 20 (2)
2018–2020 Colorado Rapids 48 (4)
2020– Bristol Rovers 43 (10)
National team
2013 Scotland U18 1 (0)
2013–2014 Scotland U19 6 (0)
2015–2016 Scotland U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:23, 23 November 2021 (UTC)

Sam Alastair Nicholson (born 20 January 1995)[2] is a Scottish footballer who plays as a left winger or left midfielder for League Two club Bristol Rovers.

Career

Heart of Midlothian

Nicholson attended Penicuik High School in Midlothian and grew up supporting Heart of Midlothian.[3] He joined Hearts aged 12, progressing through their youth teams until on 31 August 2013, he made his senior debut for the club, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute in a Scottish Premiership match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, replacing Jamie Walker in a 2–0 defeat.[4] His first senior goal for the side came on 18 January 2014, helping Hearts come from 3–1 down at McDiarmid Park scoring in the 89th minute to help Hearts earn a point in a 3–3 draw against St Johnstone.[5]

On 16 June 2014, Nicholson signed a new three-year contract extending his stay until the summer of 2017, following the club's relegation to the Scottish Championship.[6]

Nicholson began the 2014–15 season by setting up a goal for Osman Sow at Ibrox in stoppage time. He scored his first goal of the season against Hibs in the Edinburgh Derby; a solo effort after he nutmegged Scott Robertson and hit a left-footed drive beyond the keeper.

Minnesota United

On 28 June 2017, it was confirmed that Nicholson agreed to a contract with MLS side Minnesota United FC, and would be eligible to join the team on 10 July 2017.[7]

Colorado Rapids

Nicholson was traded from Minnesota to Colorado Rapids on 1 May 2018. Colorado also received an International Roster slot. Minnesota received Eric Miller and $50,000 of General Allocation Money in return.[8]

Bristol Rovers

On 22 July 2020, Nicholson returned to the UK, signing for League One club Bristol Rovers.[9] He made his debut for the club on 5 September 2020, in a 3-0 League Cup defeat to Ipswich Town.[10] Nicholson scored his first goal for the club on 31 October 2020, opening the scoring in a 1–1 draw at Rochdale, driving forward with the ball before firing in from the edge of the box.[11] In late March 2021, Rovers' manager Joey Barton announced that Nicholson would miss the rest of the season as Rovers would fight against the drop, due to the fact that he was to have surgery on his hip,[12] which it was announced in April 2021 he had still yet to have had the operation and would likely miss the start of the 2021–22 season also.[13]

Nicholson opened his account for the 2021–22 season as he opened the scoring in a League Two 1–1 draw with Barrow, who had been reduced to ten men.[14]

Career statistics

As of match played 23 November 2021[15][16]
Club Season League Domestic Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Heart of Midlothian 2013–14[17] Scottish Premiership 25 2 0 0 1 0 26 2
2014–15[18] Scottish Championship 29 5 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 31 5
2015–16[19] Scottish Premiership 36 3 3 1 4 1 43 5
2016–17[20] Scottish Premiership 19 3 3 0 1 0 4[d] 0 27 3
Total 109 13 6 1 7 1 4 0 1 0 127 15
Minnesota United 2017[21] MLS 12 1 0 0 12 1
2018[22] 8 1 0 0 8 1
Total 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
Colorado Rapids 2018[22] MLS 19 2 1 0 0 0 20 2
2019[23] 27 2 1 0 0 0 28 2
2020 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 48 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 4
Bristol Rovers 2020–21[24] League One 30 6 2 1 1 0 2[e] 1 35 8
2021–22[25] League Two 13 4 2 0 0 0 2[e] 1 17 5
Total 43 10 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 52 13
Career total 220 29 12 2 8 1 4 0 5 2 248 34
  1. ^ Includes the Scottish Cup, U.S. Open Cup and FA Cup
  2. ^ All appearance in the Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours

Heart of Midlothian

References

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Bristol Rovers" (PDF). English Football League. p. 14. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Sam Nicholson". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Sam Nicholson: Hearts role is a dream". The Herald. Glasgow. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Inverness remain top of the Scottish Premiership following a convincing victory over 10 man Hearts". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Two late goals rescued a point for Hearts against St Johnstone in a dramatic match at McDiarmid Park". BBC Sport. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Levein hails new three year deal for Sam Nicholson". BBC Sport. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Minnesota United agrees deal to sign Sam Nicholson from Hearts-sources". ESPN FC. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "MLS Deadline Day: Every move as Primary Transfer Window closes". MLS. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Sam Nicholson Joins Rovers!". Bristol Rovers. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Ipswich Town 3-0 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 5 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Rochdale 1–1 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 31 October 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Bristol Rovers: Max Ehmer and Sam Nicholson's seasons over due to surgery". BBC Sport. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Nicholson given grim diagnosis as Barton eyes 'overhaul' of Bristol Rovers' internal structure". Bristol Post. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Barrow 1–1 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 28 August 2021.
  15. ^ Sam Nicholson at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  16. ^ Sam Nicholson at Major League Soccer
  17. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  25. ^ "Games played by Sam Nicholson in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  26. ^ "S. Nicholson". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 20 September 2015.

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