Happy Birthday For Today To Ricoh Regular Brian Nicholas!
Today former ‘Bantam’ and ‘Sky Blue’ wing-half (and CCFPA member) Brian Nicholas is celebrating his 84th Birthday and all at the Asssociation would like to send all our best to Brian for today! Though Welsh born, in the mining village of Cwmaman near Aberdare on 20th April 1933, Brian moved to Slough in England aged four.
He became an England Schoolboy international in 1948 having started out in football playing for southern clubs. First he joined Q.P.R from a junior, turning professional in 1950 and eventually played 120 first team games (2 goals) whilst at Loftus Road before moving onto Stamford Bridge in 1955, where he only made 29 appearances (1 goal).
Brian is a long-time Association member and still pretty sprightly. Older Sky Blue fans will rember than Brian was never hirsute even as a City player (right)! He is also a Ricoh regular who attends pretty well all the Sky Blues home games along with former colleagues like Bill Tedds, Graham Walker, Lol Harvey, Ian Goodwin , Ken Brown, Ron Farmer, Bob Wesson, Peter Wyer and Gordon Simms come rain or shine.
A Billy Frith signing, arriving from Chelsea in January 1958, Brian played 121 league and cup games for the club without scoring over his five seasons spanning the old Div.3 South, promoted in our sole year in the inaugural year of the bottom Division 4 (the last time we were there!) and then Division 3. He was a steady, skilled and effective defender in a time when pitches were not the best and oppposing forwards were rugged and uncompromising!
Sadly, he only really experienced the very beginning of the Jimmy Hill‘s Sky Blue era (culminating in achieving top flight football in 1967) and instead left in the opposite direction, non-league football with Rugby Town starting in the 1962-63 season.
After moving on to Hinckley Town where he was player-manager Brian left the game in October 1963 (aged 30) and went to work for many years at Massey-Ferguson, Coventry.
He was last at the Ricoh on April 8th attending our 10th Anniversary Legends Day with his family and should be there again for the Sky Blues last home match of the season against Walsall before they start out life next season in League Two. All at CCFPA hope you have a very happy day today and see you Saturday!