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Nicky Shorey

Nicholas "Nicky" Shorey (born 19 February 1981 in Romford, London Borough of Havering, East London) is an English footballer, currently playing in the left back position for Reading in the English Premier League, and for England.

Club career

Leyton Orient

Shorey started his career at Leyton Orient as an apprentice in 1998,[1] but after breaking into the Orient first team with occasional appearances in the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons, he caught the eye of Reading's manager at the time, Alan Pardew.


Personal information
Full name Nicholas Shorey
Date of birth 19 February 1981 (1981-02-19) (age 26)
Place of birth    Romford, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Reading
Number 3
Youth clubs
1998–1999 Leyton Orient
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Leyton Orient
015 0(0)
244 (11)   
National team2
England B
001 0(0)
002 0(0)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23:52, 26 November 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 16:56, 30 October 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Shorey signed for Reading for an initial fee of Ł25,000 on February 10, 2001,[2] and quickly went on to establish himself as a regular in Reading's first team.

On August 1, 2006, he committed his future to the club, signing a new deal to keep him at the club until June 2009.[3] On May 5, 2007, it was announced that he had taken second place in the 2006-07 Player of the Season vote by the Reading fans.[4]

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Shorey was linked with a move to either Newcastle United or West Ham United, but looked set to sign an improved deal with Reading.[5] On 4 August 2007 Reading manager Steve Coppell revealed that Shorey had turned down an improved contract offer,[6] but the player has confirmed he has no intentions of leaving Reading.[7]

International career

Following good performances for Reading during the 2006-07 season, the Reading supporters introduced a "Shorey For England" song.[8] As the season progressed, the media started to pay attention to then uncapped player.[9][10]

Shorey was called up to the England B squad to play Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground on 25 May 2007,[11] and started the match, before being substituted after 73 minutes with all the goals already having been scored in a 3-1 win for England.[12]

Pundits had suggested that Shorey could make the step up to the senior squad,[13] and on 26 May 2007, Steve McClaren selected him in his England squad to face Brazil in a friendly match, and Estonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier.[14] He made his full England début in a 1-1 draw against Brazil at Wembley on 1 June 2007,[15] impressing many,[16][17] but did not make the bench for the match against Estonia.[18]

On August 22, 2007, Shorey earned his second full international cap in a 2-1 friendly loss to Germany at Wembley.[19]


  • Shorey is one of the few players to have played in all four professional divisions of the English football league system.
  • In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Shorey was voted the best left back with 53.1% of the vote.[20]
  • At one stage in his career, Shorey was near to having his left foot amputated due to an infection. He was on a drip for three months but came through the treatment and made a full recovery.[21]


  1. ^ "The secret of Shorey's success", BBC Sport, 2007-01-24. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Reading complete Shorey deal", BBC Sport, 2001-02-10. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Shorey extends his contract and commits to the Royals until summer of 2009", readingfc.co.uk, 2006-08-01. Retrieved on 2006-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Ingimarsson is crowned Royals' player of the season after great campaign", readingfc.co.uk, 2007-05-05. Retrieved on 2007-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Shorey set to stick with Reading", Daily Mail, 2007-06-28. Retrieved on 2007-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Coppell gives latest on contract talks", readingfc.co.uk, 2007-08-06. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Shorey dismisses move talk", 4thegame.com, 2007-08-07. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Graduation earns a fanfare for Shorey", The Independent, 2007-01-14. Retrieved on 2007-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Shorey riposte kick-starts Royals' ascent", The Guardian, 2006-11-13. Retrieved on 2007-03-29. 
  10. ^ "McClaren's learning curve", BBC Sport, 2007-02-08. Retrieved on 2007-03-29. 
  11. ^ "Owen included in England B squad", BBC Sport, 2007-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-05-10. 
  12. ^ "England B 3-1 Albania", BBC Sport, 2007-05-25. Retrieved on 2007-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Garth Crooks' team of the season", BBC Sport, 2007-05-15. Retrieved on 2007-05-15. 
  14. ^ "Beckham recalled to England squad", BBC Sport, 2007-05-26. Retrieved on 2007-05-26. 
  15. ^ "England 1-1 Brazil", BBC Sport, 2007-06-01. Retrieved on 2007-06-03. 
  16. ^ "Joel Hufford's Nicky Shorey clockwatch", BBC Radio Berkshire, 2007-06-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  17. ^ Henry Winter. "McClaren denied a famous victory", The Daily Telegraph, 2007-06-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  18. ^ "Estonia 0-3 England", BBC Sport, 2007-06-06. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  19. ^ "England 1-2 Germany", BBC Sport, 2007-08-22. Retrieved on 2007-08-23. 
  20. ^ "Revealed - The Royals' best-ever XI as voted for by fans on this site", readingfc.co.uk, 2005-08-22. Retrieved on 2006-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Shorey: Infection put my career at risk", Reading Evening Post, 2004-06-18. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 

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