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Johnny Nicholls

West Bromwich Albion FC

2 appearances, 1 debut goal

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 4: A 3
50% successful

1954

captain: none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

  John Nicholls
Birth 3 April 1931 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire [registered in Wolverhampton, June 1931].
Death 1 April 1995 in Wolverhampton, aged 63 years 363 days [registered in Wolverhampton, June 1995].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football within Wolverhampton and played his junior football with Heath Town Wesley FC and Heath Town United FC (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC amateur). Although Nicholls had trials at Wolves, it was with West Bromwich Albion FC with whom he signed amateur forms in August 1950, turning professional in August 1951. He made 131 league appearances, scoring 58 goals. Joined Cardiff City FC in May 1957, scoring twice in eight league outings. Joined Exeter City FC in November 1957 for about £4,000. He returned 55 league appearances with 23 goals. Joined Worcester City FC in June 1959 (56 Southern League apps and fourteen goals) and Wellington Town FC in February 1961 and onto Oswestry Town FC before the end of that season. Nicholls then spent the 1961-62 season with Sankey's FC of Wellington. He finished his career in the West Bromwich local league with H Meadows FC and Red Dragons FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1953-54;
Individual honours x
Distinctions x
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 0lbs [1957].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 727th players (730) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
First match No. 285, 3 April 1954, Scotland 2 England 4, a British Championship and World Cup qualification match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, 23rd birthday.
Last match No. 286, 16 May 1954, Yugoslavia 1 England 0, a pre-World Cup Finals warm-up match at JNA, Savski Venac, Beograd, aged 23 years 43 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1954 (provisional squad); British Championship 1953-54;
Team honours British Championship winners 1953-54;
Individual honours England B (one substitute appearance, 1954), England U23 (one appearance, 1954)
Distinctions x

Beyond England

no information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.184/5.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
3 2 1 180 1 180 min 1 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 1 0 2.00 1.50 50.0 =0

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 1 0 2.00 1.50 50.0 =0

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
World Cup 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
British Championship 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
The 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is deducted from the grand total.
Friendly 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 1 0 2.00 1.50 50.0 =0

Tournament Record

World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC/WCP 1953-54 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
The 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is deducted from the grand total.
1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

Match History

Age 22 under 23  
one appearance - Italy January 1954
   
 
 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - two full appearances (180 min)x

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 23
1 285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC/
WCP
AW 50 header 10

one of four who became the 727th player (730) to appear for England.
the 29th West Bromwich Albion player to represent England
the 135th player to score on his England debut

2 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0
Stadion JNA, Beograd
tour AL   10
 
B  
party member - Yugoslavia 16 May 1954
287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest   AL party member
B  
one appearance  - Switzerland▲ 23 May 1954
May 1st 1954 was the date set by FIFA for a list of forty names to be submitted, from which the final 22 could be selected for each country's World Cup squad. England's list appeared on 22 April 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. 18 were destined not to make the final cut, including Johnny Nicholls.
  


  

 
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