Nathan Bailey

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Nathan Bailey

Appearances: 4+3 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 25th May 1986

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 2008/09

Season of last appearance: 2008/09

Also played for: Reading (0), Colchester United (0), Chippenham Town, Newport County (Wales), Walton & Hersham, Llanelli (Wales) and Dover Athletic

Burly 5' 10" tall striker born in Reading who joined his hometown club as a schoolboy and spent ten years on the Royals' books, progressing through the club's youth ranks to become a full-time professional.

During the 2004/05 campaign Nathan had a loan spell with Colchester and at the end of the season he was released by Reading, shortly after Steve Coppell replaced Alan Pardew as manager.

In the summer of 2005 Nathan had a six week trial with Derby and then a trial with Darlington but wasn't signed by either club.

In December 2005 he joined Conference club Forest Green on trial and scored in two practice matches but Nathan wasn't taken on and moved on to Southern League Premier Division Chippenham before the end of the month.

He only played once for Chippenham before being released and in March 2006 Nathan linked up with Newport County.

He made six substitute appearances without scoring for the Conference South club before the end of the 2005/06 campaign and Newport let him go at the end of the season.

Nathan started 2006/07 with Maidenhead and featured in their reserves before leaving the club to play in the Caribbean at the end of 2006.

After returning to the UK Nathan had a trial with York and then joined Walton & Hersham for the start of the 2007/08 campaign. He stayed with the Isthmian League Division 1 South club until the end of 2007 but never scored for the Swans.

In January 2008 Nathan signed for Welsh Premier League club Llanelli after a successful trial and made his debut as a substitute in a game against Aberystwyth on 13.2.08 but he only made two more sub appearances before being released in May 2008. During his time in Wales Nathan also played for Llanelli's 'A' team in Division 3 of the Carmarthenshire Association Football League and managed three goals from six appearances (one as sub) for them.

In July 2008 Nathan signed a one-year contract with Isthmian League Premier Division club Dover after featuring in some friendlies for them but he struggled to gain a place in the side. On 2.12.08 he got both goals as Dover lost 4-2 at home to Canvey Island in the Isthmian League Cup but Nathan didn't score again and after making a total of 17 appearances (14 as sub) he was released from his contract in January 2009.

He then signed for Margate and manager Terry Yorath told the Thanet Times "He's a big lad who works hard and runs the channels very well. He's someone I hope can take the physical battle to other teams. I first saw him when I went to watch Dover play Faversham in pre-season and I've kept an eye on him ever since. He's not had much of a chance at Dover."

Nathan made his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Sutton in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 13.1.09 and kept his place for a 3-0 defeat at AFC Hornchurch on 17.1.09 before missing Margate's next three matches due to injury.

He returned to the side in a 1-1 draw at Hastings on 14.2.09 and Nathan then wore the number nine shirt in a 3-1 win over Boreham Wood at Hartsdown Park on 21.2.09 but that turned out to be his last start. After missing two games he came on as a substitute in a 2-2 home draw with Dartford on 7.3.09 and Nathan then made two more sub appearances in Margate's last eight matches. His final outing came in a 1-0 win over Ramsgate at Hartsdown Park on 13.4.09 and in May 2009 Nathan was released having failed to score from a total of seven appearances (three as sub).

He didn't play senior football again after leaving Margate.










2008/09 (MFC)

4 (46)








     Margate finished in relegation position but were reprieved and remained in the Isthmian League Premier Division.