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Terry Nicholl
Personal information
Full name Terence John Nicholl
Date of birth September 16, 1952 (1952-09-16) (age 57)
Place of birth    Wilmslow, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Crewe Alexandra
Sheffield United
Southend United
Wichita Wings (indoor)
046 0(7)
022 0(1)
053 0(3)
184 (11)
173 (46)   
Teams managed
Memphis Storm (assistant)
Memphis Storm
Wichita Wings
Dayton Dynamo
Cincinnati Excite

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:23, 14 December 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Terence John "Terry" Nicholl (born 16 September 1952)[1] is a retired English football (soccer) midfielder who played professionally in both England and the United States. He later managed several indoor teams in the United States where he was the 1987 and 1988 American Indoor Soccer Association Coach of the Year.


Playing career

Nicholl's clubs included Crewe Alexandra,[2] Sheffield United[3] and Gillingham, where he made over 180 Football League appearances. In 1981, he moved to the United States where he signed with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[4] He remained with the Wings until his retirement from playing following an injury-marred 1985-1986 season.

Coaching career

Nicholl then turned to coaching in America, as an assistant with indoor side Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer Association. On 8 December 1986, the Storm fired head coach Gary Hindley and elevated Nicholl to head coach.[5] He was named the 1987 and 1988 AISA Coach Of The Year.[6][7] Ironically, he won this award although he left the Storm just prior to the playoffs and moved to coach the Wichita Wings on 2 February 1988.[8] After the Wings began the 1990-1991 season with a string of losses, the team ownership began mentioning the possibility of Nicholl's being fired. However, they reconsidered as the team began an upswing in December and January before again sliding down the table. On 5 February 1991, the Wings fired Nicholl with the team at 13-20.[9] Nicholl, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, then went to work for Metalex, an aerospace firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. While this led to a tripling of his salary, he nearly accepted an offer to manage former club Gillingham in May 1991.[10] He instead chose to remain as a sales representative for Metalex until July 1992 when he returned to coaching with the Dayton Dynamo of the National Professional Soccer League.[11] He lasted until 24 January 1995.[12] On 11 August 2003, the Cincinnati Excite of the American Indoor Soccer League hired Nicholl. He was fired on 14 June 2008. He then moved to coach the Cincinnati United Premier of the Super Y-League, a position he holds today.[13]

Personal life

His brother Chris Nicholl and cousin Jimmy Nicholl were both also professional footballers.[1]


  1. ^ a b Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p235. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.  
  2. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  3. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  4. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  5. ^ DEALS THE SEATTLE TIMES - Tuesday, December 9, 1986
  6. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1987
  7. ^ The Year In American Soccer - 1988
  8. ^ NEW MISL COACH USA TODAY - Tuesday, February 2, 1988
  9. ^ SOCCER NOTES;Wings president Turner takes over duties from fired coach Nicholl USA TODAY - Tuesday, February 5, 1991
  10. ^ CAREER MAN TERRY NICHOLL HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE SOON Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - Sunday, May 19, 1991
  11. ^ DYNAMO HOPE NICHOLL WILL TURN THEM TO GOLD Dayton Daily News (OH) - Thursday, July 2, 1992
  12. ^ DYNAMO FIRE NICHOLL - BONO NOW PLAYER/COACH Dayton Daily News (OH) - Wednesday, January 25, 1995
  13. ^ Cincinnati United Premier

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