Andrew Nelson (footballer)

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Andrew Nelson
Personal information
Full name Andrew George Robert Nelson[1]
Date of birth (1997-09-16) 16 September 1997 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Torquay United
Youth career
0000–2016 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Sunderland 0 (0)
2017Hartlepool United (loan) 4 (0)
2017Harrogate Town (loan) 4 (1)
2018Falkirk (loan) 12 (4)
2018–2019Darlington (loan) 5 (6)
2019–2020 Dundee 31 (6)
2020– Torquay United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:21, 25 August 2020 (UTC)

Andrew George Robert Nelson (born 16 September 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays for Torquay United as a striker. He began his career with Sunderland, spending time on loan at Hartlepool United, for whom he made his Football League debut, Harrogate Town, Falkirk, Darlington and Dundee.

Early and personal life[edit]

Nelson was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham,[2] and attended King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland.[3]

Career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

He joined Sunderland's academy – in preference to those of Newcastle United and Middlesbrough – at the age of seven and took up a two-year scholarship with the club in July 2014.[4][5] In 2016, he signed a two-year professional contract which was later extended for a further year.[6][7]

Nelson made two substitute appearances for Sunderland's U23 team in the 2016–17 EFL Trophy, a competition involving senior teams from third- and fourth-tier clubs together with under-age teams from the higher divisions.[8] He moved on loan to Hartlepool United on 31 January 2017,[9] and made his club and Football League debut in the starting eleven at home to Yeovil Town four days later. He made the cross from which Hartlepool opened the scoring, and then conceded the penalty from which Yeovil secured a 1–1 draw.[10] He kept his starting place for the next two matches, without scoring, but in the next he injured his medial knee ligaments shortly after coming on as a substitute. He returned to his parent club for treatment and rehabilitation, and played no more football that season.[11][12]

In October 2017, he joined Harrogate Town of the National League North on loan for a month.[13] According to Harrogate manager Simon Weaver, during his debut Nelson "showed a good aggressive edge to his play, he was brave and his hold-up play was good."[14] During his loan spell he played in four National League North matches and scored once, with a close-range header in a 3–1 defeat away to Spennymoor Town.[15][16]

At the start of January 2018, Nelson moved on loan to Scottish Championship club Falkirk until the end of the season.[17] He was a fixture in the starting eleven, scoring four goals and making three assists in twelve Championship appearances,[18] until his loan spell was cut short by injury. A fractured cheekbone forced him to miss the last month of the season.[19]

After surgery in September on a foot injured in pre-season, Nelson eventually resumed training in November 2018.[20] In order to regain match fitness, he signed on a month's loan for another National League North club, Darlington, in December 2018.[21] He scored twice on debut away to Chorley, albeit in a losing cause,[22] and finished his loan spell with six goals from five league appearances.[15] Darlington's manager Tommy Wright praised Nelson, saying that it "[doesn't] get much better than what he did with us – six goals and two assists".[23]

Dundee[edit]

Nelson signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Scottish Premiership club Dundee in January 2019; the fee was undisclosed.[24][25] Nelson scored on his league debut, scoring a game-winning goal against Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle on 23 January.[26] Dundee entered a long losing streak and were relegated to the Championship on 4 May 2019.[27]

The 2019–20 season was prematurely ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[28]

In July 2020, Nelson left Dundee by way of mutual agreement.[29]

Torquay United[edit]

Later that month he signed for Torquay United.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 March 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland U23/U21 2016–17[8] 2[c] 0 2 0
2017–18[31] 1[c] 0 1 0
Total 3 0 3 0
Sunderland 2016–17[8] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[32] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2016–17[8] League Two 4 0 4 0
Harrogate Town (loan) 2017–18[15] National League North 4 1 4 1
Falkirk (loan) 2017–18[31] Scottish Championship 12 4 3 0 15 4
Darlington (loan) 2018–19[15] National League North 5 6 5 6
Dundee 2018–19[32] Scottish Premiership 12 4 2 0 14 4
2019–20[33] Scottish Championship 19 2 0 0 5 2 1[d] 0 25 4
Total 31 6 2 0 5 2 1 0 39 8
Career total 55 17 5 0 5 2 4 0 70 19
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup, Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Nelson". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Sports: Board of Honour". King James I Academy. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ Craig Johns (15 July 2018). "Andrew Nelson on the sacrifice and inspiration behind his dream rise towards Sunderland's first team". The Chronicle. Newcastle. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "List of players under written contract registered between 01/07/2014 and 31/07/2014". The Football Association. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  6. ^ Sam Lightle (4 July 2016). "Host of deals for academy prospects". Sunderland A.F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  7. ^ Richard Mennear (17 May 2018). "Loan interest in Sunderland youngsters with club set to grant more opportunities next season". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Games played by Andrew Nelson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Andrew Nelson: Sunderland teenage striker joins Hartlepool on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  10. ^ Nick Loughlin (6 February 2017). "Hartlepool: Boss Jones sees a bright future at Pools". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. ^ Richard Mennear (22 February 2017). "Sunderland forward Andrew Nelson 'devastated' after knee injury ends Hartlepool United loan spell". Hartlepool Mail. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  12. ^ David Oliver (4 January 2018). "Sunderland loan star Andrew Nelson: Huge crowd showed me Falkirk means a lot". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Black Cats youngster Nelson signs for Harrogate". NonLeagueDaily.com. 23 October 2017. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  14. ^ Richard Mennear (24 October 2017). "How did Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson do on his Harrogate Town debut?". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d "A. Nelson". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  16. ^ John Harrison (12 November 2017). "Spennymoor Town 3–1 Harrogate Town". Harrogate News. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Falkirk: Andrew Nelson and Sean Welsh join as Conrad Balatoni leaves". BBC Sport. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  18. ^ Craig Johns (16 May 2018). "Jimmy Sinclair changing Sunderland's loan policy for the benefit of the academy stars' development". The Chronicle. Newcastle. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  19. ^ Richard Mennear (12 April 2018). "Sunderland striker has surgery on broken cheekbone". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  20. ^ Craig Johns (8 November 2018). "Sunderland academy star closing in on a return to action as he resumes training". The Chronicle. Newcastle. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  21. ^ Richard Mennear (13 December 2018). "Sunderland striker joins Darlington on short-term loan as clubs in England and Scotland weigh up January move". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  22. ^ Richard Mennear (16 December 2018). "Darlington manager hails 'outstanding' Sunderland loanee Andrew Nelson after debut brace". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  23. ^ Craig Stoddart (11 January 2019). "Wright looking to make loan additions to Darlington squad". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Nelson signs". Dundee F.C. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  25. ^ Richard Mennear (17 January 2019). "Sunderland sell striker Andrew Nelson to Scottish Premiership side Dundee". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  26. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (23 January 2019). "Heart of Midlothian 1–2 Dundee". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  27. ^ Watt, Martin (4 May 2019). "Dundee 0–1 Hamilton Academical". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  28. ^ "SPFL Resolution Approved By Clubs In All Four Divisions". BBC. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Nelson to depart". Dundee FC. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  30. ^ Hughes, Richard (29 July 2020). "Strength, quality and experience - Torquay United boss introduces new signings". DevonLive.
  31. ^ a b c "Games played by Andrew Nelson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Andrew Nelson in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Games played by Andrew Nelson in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at Sunderland A.F.C. website