An amateur player, W. D. Nichol joined Aberdeen at 23 years of age, when stationed at Fort George with the Seaforth Highlanders. His nickname was "The Fort George Thunderbolt."
Source: The Scotsman, 3rd April 1910
n.b.Early press spelling of his surname is Nichol but reports also gave it as Nicol.
Because of limitations on his availability whilst in the Army, the Pittodrie directors bought him out so he could become a full-time player, but then, as an amateur he was free to sign for anyone and ignoring Aberdeen's efforts, he chose to join Celtic instead.
W. D. Nichol, the ex-Aberdeen, Celtic, and Bristol City centre forward, has set up in business as a confectioner in Aberdeen.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd June 1913
During the War, he was awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry: "While all the bombers of his section had been killed he re-established a block single-handed and remained there till reinforced. he then organised a party, under fire, to replace those who had been killed. His display marked initiative and coolness throughout the day."
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th May 1917
Died - Canada, 1943