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Peter Nicholas
Personal information
Full name Peter Nicholas
Date of birth 10 November 1959 (1959-11-10) (age 50)
Place of birth    Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Playing position Defensive Midfield
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace (loan)
Luton Town
National team
1979–1992 Wales 073 0(2)[1]

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

Peter Nicholas (born November 10, 1959) is a former Wales international footballer, now football manager.

Nicholas was born in Newport, but his first professional club was Crystal Palace, with whom he began in 1976 as a youth player. He spent five seasons at Selhurst Park, and played over 150 matches for the Eagles, picking up the Second Division title up in 1978-79. In the meantime he had made his debut for Wales, and would go on to win 73 caps for his country, scoring 2 goals. Originally a centre half, he later was moved forward into midfield and became known as a tough-tackling and uncompromising defensive midfielder.

However, despite his best efforts the Eagles could not sustain their place in the top flight and Nicholas was sold to Arsenal in March 1981 for £500,000, shortly before Palace's relegation back to the Second Division. At Arsenal, Nicholas went straight into the first team and didn't finish on a losing side for the rest of the 1980-81 season. He made 41 appearances the next season, and became captain of Wales as well. However, a series of injuries in the 1982-83 season meant his place in the Arsenal side became uncertain. In all, he played 80 matches for Arsenal, scoring three goals.

Looking for first team football, he returned to Palace on loan in August 1983 and at the end of that season the move was made permanent for £150,000. However, his second spell at Palace was not as successful, and he signed for Luton Town in 1985. He played over 100 games for the Hatters and his form noticeably improved; he was signed by Aberdeen for £350,000 in 1987. In 1987-88, he reached the Scottish League Cup final, against Rangers; the match finished 3-3 and Nicholas missed a penalty in the ensuing shootout, which meant Aberdeen went home empty-handed. He later had spells with Chelsea (winning another Second Division winners' medal), and Watford before retiring in 1993.

After retirement, he became Chelsea's youth coach, before returning to his old club Crystal Palace to take the same role there. He was later promoted to assistant manager at Palace, before moving to League of Wales side Barry Town, where he won the title in 2001. He was also manager of Newport County from 2002 until 2004. From August 2005 to April 2009 he was manager of Llanelli and won the Welsh Premier League title. He was then replaced by Andy Legg.


  1. ^ Alpuin, Luis Fernando Passo (20 February 2009). "Wales - Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2009.  

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