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William Nichol Squad Index
Information:
1910-11 Squad Number:
9
Position:
Centre Forward
Birthplace:
Easington
Nationality:
English
Height:
5' 7
Weight:
11st. 9lbs
Signed:
01/04/1910
Career History:
Royal Warickshire Regiment 16th March 1903
Northumberland Fusiliers
Nottingham Forest
Notts County (professional)
Seaforth Highlanders 12th May 1909
Fort George 15th May 1909
Aberdeen 1st April 1910
Army discharge at own request 31st March 1911
Celtic 26th July 1911
Stenhousemuir (loan) February 1912
Ayr United (loan) 22nd April 1912
Bristol City 11th May 1912
Queen's Park Wednesday Juniors (Aberdeen) August 1913
Seaforths again 6th May 1915
 
Profile:
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

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
02/04/1910
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1910-11
7
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
5
0
0
0
9
0
7
0
0
0
1909-10
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Totals:
9
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
5
0
0
0
11
0
7
0
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 11 7