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Nick Colgan
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Personal information
Full name Nicholas Vincent Patrick Colgan
Date of birth 19 September 1973 (1973-09-19) (age 36)
Place of birth    Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Grimsby Town
Number 1
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Drogheda United
Crewe Alexandra (loan)
Grimsby Town (loan)
Millwall (loan)
Brentford (loan)
Reading (loan)
Stockport County (loan)
Dundee United (loan)
Ipswich Town
Grimsby Town
00? (?)
001 (0)
000 (0)
000 (0)
000 (0)
005 (0)
005 (0)
000 (0)
121 (0)
015 (0)
101 (0)
001 (0)
000 (0)
000 (0)
016 (0)   
National team2
2002– Republic of Ireland 009 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:08, 5 January 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 23:47, 16 September 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Nick Colgan (born 19 September 1973 in Drogheda, County Louth) is an Irish football goalkeeper, who is currently playing for Grimsby Town.


Club career


Early career

Colgan began his football career with his hometown club Drogheda United in 1991 before moving overseas to sign professional terms with Chelsea where he played just one game before going on loan to Crewe Alexandra in 1993, Grimsby Town in 1994 and Millwall in 1995. Colgan then went on loan to Brentford where he played 5 games, and then finally ending his loan spells with Reading where he again made 5 appearances. In 1998, Colgan signed on a free transfer for Bournemouth where he spent a season before moving to Hibernian where he spent 5 years making 147 appearances while also making 17 loan appearances for Stockport County in 2003.


In the summer of 2004, Colgan signed for Barnsley, where he endured a tough first season only playing in 15 games and ending up on loan to Dundee United for 3 months. The 2005-2006 Barnsley campaign showed a turn of fortune for Colgan as he became the team's first choice keeper. His outstanding displays during the season earned him 20 clean sheets in total as well as the title of Barnsley's Player of the Year and helped the team reach the League One Play Off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 27 May 2006 where despite a mistake letting Swansea City take the lead, he recovered to make a historic save in the penalty shoot out which ensured Barnsley won their place back in the Championship.

On 4 October 2007 he handed in a transfer request at Barnsley after losing his place to summer arrival Heinz Müller. Manager Simon Davey has accepted the request.[1]

Ipswich Town

He signed for Ipswich Town on 31 January 2008 as a free agent after settling his contract at Barnsley until the end of the season. He failed to make an appearance for Town, after fellow keeper Stephen Bywater was loaned in from Derby County who kept the goalkeeping shirt for the remainder of the season. Colgan was not offered a new contract at the end of the season and instead started the 2008–09 pre-season by training with Bradford City in the hope of earning a contract with the League Two side.[2]


He joined Sunderland on 24 July 2008, where he was meant to provide cover for the goalkeeper position.[3]

He was released on 28 May 2009.[4]

Grimsby Town

Colgan re-signed for his former club Grimsby Town on 13 July 2009, after being recommended to Mariners boss Mike Newell by his former boss at Sunderland, Roy Keane.[5] His Grimsby career got off to a slow start as early season injuries meant that the Mariners had to bring in Southampton shot stopper Tommy Forecast and then Josh Lillis from Scunthorpe United to cover for him.

International career

Colgan made his Republic of Ireland début in March 2002 against Denmark and has since been a regular fixture in the Irish squad, usually as a backup to Shay Given and Paddy Kenny, though he has earned himself 9 international caps. He has recently been left out of the Ireland squad in favour of younger goalkeepers such as Keiren Westwood and Joe Murphy.


  1. ^ Barnsley accept Colgan's request BBC Sport Retrieved on 4 October 2007
  2. ^ He played his first game in more than 8 months on the 16 July 2008 when Bradford City played Farsley Celtic in a pre-season friendly.Parker, Simon (2008-07-15). "Colgan playing for keeps". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2008-07-15.  
  3. ^ "Sunderland sign up veteran Colgan". BBC Sport. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-24.  
  4. ^ Setanta Sports (28 May 2009). "Sunderland announce major clear-out". Retrieved 28 May 2009.  
  5. ^,,10417~1720508,00.html

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