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Nicky Law
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Law
Date of birth 8 September 1961 (1961-09-08) (age 48)
Place of birth    Greenwich, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Alfreton Town (Manager)
Youth career
1979–1981 Arsenal
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Plymouth Argyle
Notts County
Scarborough (loan)
Rotherham United
Hereford United
114 0(1)
066 0(1)
038 0(5)
047 0(4)
012 0(0)
128 0(4)
111 (11)
014 0(0)   
Teams managed
Bradford City
Grimsby Town
Alfreton Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nicholas "Nicky" Law (born 8 September 1961 in Greenwich) is an English football manager and former player. He is the manager of Alfreton Town, and father of footballers Nicky Jr. and Josh.


Playing career

Law played as a central defender and represented England at schoolboy level. He began his career as an apprentice at Arsenal, turning professional in 1979; however, he failed to play a single game for the Gunners and moved north to join Barnsley in 1981. He made his league debut away at Shrewsbury Town on 2 February 1982. After 114 league games for the Tykes, he moved to Blackpool in 1985.

After spells at Plymouth Argyle, Notts County, Scarborough and Rotherham United, Law then joined Chesterfield in 1993 and captained the side in the 1995 Wembley play-off final win over Bury.

He wound down his playing career with Hereford United after being dogged by injury for a few seasons. By the end of his career he had amassed more than 500 league appearances.

Managerial career

Law was made Football in the Community officer with Chesterfield before taking over as manager from John Duncan in the spring of 2000. The change was too late to save the Spireites from relegation in 1999–2000, but with some shrewd signings by Law, the team dominated Division Three in 2000–01 and led the table, until the pressures of the Football League enquiry into financial irregularities started to impact on performances. Despite a nine-point deduction, Law nevertheless led Chesterfield to third place and automatic promotion to Division Two.

He has since managed Bradford City, Grimsby Town and Buxton before being appointed to his current role.

Nicky Law, is known for his terrible management style and his wrecking of several clubs. Chairmen only turn to this man when they know the season is doomed, such that they have a scapegoat at the end of the season. Law should never be near a football club, let alone be allowed to manage one.

On 14 May 2007 he was appointed as manager of Alfreton Town. In March 2008 he was set to return to Bradford as manager of Bradford Park Avenue,[1] until Park Avenue were forced to call off the deal and apologise to Alfreton Town.[2]



As a Manager



  • 2004–05: & 2005–06: NCEL President's Cup Winner - Buxton
  • 2006–07: Northern Premier League President's Cup Winner - Buxton


  1. ^ Whiting, Ian (2 March 2008). "Familiar face lands Avenue job". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2008-03-03.  
  2. ^ Whiting, Ian (3 March 2008). "Deal for Law falls through". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2008-03-03.  

External links


  • Panini (1988). Panini's Football Yearbook 1988-89, Panini Publishing, ISBN 1-871178-00-2


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