Nick Roddis

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Nick Roddis

Appearances: 15+1 Goals: 2

Date / Year of birth: 18th February 1973

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2001/02

Season of last appearance: 2001/02

Also played for: Nottingham Forest (0), Aston Villa (0), Mansfield Town (0), Boston, Boston United, Grantham Town, Yeading, Hayes, Woking, Aldershot Town, Crawley Town, AFC Wimbledon, St.Albans City, Slough Town and Alton Town

Aggressive Rotherham-born player who was on Nottingham Forest's books as a youngster before joining Aston Villa for the 1990/91 season aged 17.

Nick played in Villa's youth team and then had a spell at Mansfield where he never played for the first team before dropping out of professional football at the end of 1991/92.

He then had a very brief spell with Boston followed by an equally short stint with Boston United where he didn't feature in the senior side before linking up with Grantham in November 1992.

Nick went on to make 25 first team appearances (four as sub) without scoring for Grantham and then moved on to Yeading in January 1994.

In the summer of 1996 he signed for Hayes and Nick spent four years there although he did have a brief spell on loan at his old club Boston United in December 1998 where he once again didn't play for the first team. He'd made 140 appearances (30 as sub) for Hayes and scored 11 goals when he moved on to Conference club Woking in the summer of 2000. Woking's Supporters' Club paid Nick's wages.

In December 2000 he was sent off for a rash challenge as Woking lost 3-1 at Telford and on 30.1.01 Nick scored for an FA X1 in a 6-1 win over the Combined Services at Bishop's Stortford. It was effectively a trial for the England semi-professional side and Margate strikers Leon Braithwaite and Phil Collins also scored whilst future Margate player Lee Shearer was on target too.

In March 2001 Nick scored on his debut for England's non-league side as they beat Holland 3-0 and in August / early September 2001 he captained the British Universities side in the World Student Games in China. Nick's decision to go to China almost led to him parting company with Woking after a very public row. The club were upset that he'd miss several Conference matches and initially it was reported that Nick had been released. Once he'd returned from China the dispute was settled and Nick ended up staying on at Kingfield.

On 11.9.01 he played as Woking lost 1-0 at home to Margate and made a challenge on Phil Collins that forced the striker to go off at half-time. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said Nick was "fiery" and "lucky to receive just a yellow card" for the foul. He also had a running battle with Margate's equally fiery John Keister throughout the match and in the second half Keister was sent off for what the Nationwide football website called "a dreadful foul" on Nick.

On 20.11.01 he played for an FA X1 against a Southern League X1 at Crawley and at the start of December 2001 Nick joined Margate for an undisclosed fee. Woking were facing a cash crisis at the time partly caused by big money signings such as future Margate striker Warren Patmore. Nick signed for Margate despite Stevenage also approaching him and the Isle of Thanet Gazette said he had the reputation of being "a fearless, tough-tackling player" who was "unlikely to win any awards for fair play". Nick had already been sent off for Woking during the early part of 2001/02. Margate manager Chris Kinnear told the Gazette "This is all part of our plans to build a squad capable of competing for the Conference title."

Nick made his first appearance in midfield as Margate drew 2-2 at Leigh on 8.12.01 and in the second half he became the first Margate player ever to be sent off on their debut when he picked up a second yellow card with six minutes remaining. Nick played in Margate's next game - a 4-1 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge on 15.12.01 - but then missed three matches due to suspension. He returned to the side as a substitute in a 3-0 defeat at Hereford on 19.1.02 and the Thanet Times said "Margate looked more effective" when Nick came on as "he ensured the Blues kept the ball on the floor". On 26.1.02 Nick made his first appearance at Hartsdown Park in a 1-1 draw with Scarborough in the Conference and The Non-League Paper said he was "impressive on his home debut" whilst the Thanet Times felt he'd "performed well". The paper also noted that Nick was "infamously volatile" but was "probably the best player on the field".

In its report on a 2-0 win over visitors Leigh in the FA Trophy on 2.2.02 the Thanet Times said "Nick Roddis is showing why he is an England semi-professional capped player, and his arrival at the club is making a world of difference to the historically troubled midfield area". The paper then described Nick as being "unusually quiet" in a 1-1 home draw with Braintree in the FA Trophy on 23.2.02 but in Margate's next match - a 3-1 defeat at Stevenage on 2.3.02 - he scored his first goal for the club. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said Nick was "superb" in a 2-1 win at Braintree on 5.3.02 and on 9.3.02 he played against his old club Woking in a Conference match at Hartsdown Park. The Thanet Times said he "had to work hard against the away fans' boo-boys who once idolized him but seemed unimpressed by the nature of his departure from Kingfield" and Nick had the last laugh as Margate won 4-3.

On 20.3.02 Nick and striker Leon Braithwaite became the first Margate players ever to play for the England semi-professional side whilst on the club's books when they featured in a 2-1 win over the USA. Three days later Nick tore a hamstring in a 2-0 home win over Southport and he was expected to be out for the remainder of the season but after missing four matches he made what the Isle of Thanet Gazette said was a "surprise comeback" in a game at Telford on 8.4.02. Margate lost 2-0 and unfortunately Nick suffered a recurrence of his injury which kept him on the sidelines for three more matches. He returned to the side on 27.4.02 for the last Conference game of the campaign and scored on what turned out to be his last appearance as Margate thrashed Stalybridge 8-0 at Hartsdown Park. The Non-League Paper said Nick's effort was a "superb individual goal" as he picked up possession in midfield, evaded a challenge and then curled in a shot that went in via the post. In its end of season round-up the Isle of Thanet Gazette said that "as well as being a hard worker" Nick had "shown flashes of brilliance" and he'd scored twice in a total of 16 appearances (one as sub).

In May 2002 he played for England in all three games of the Four Nations tournament which also featured Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland and Nick eventually picked up a total of eight semi-professional caps.

In the summer of 2002 he featured in some of Margate's friendlies ahead of the 2002/03 campaign but before the season proper started Nick's contract was cancelled by mutual consent for personal reasons and he signed for Aldershot.

He went on to score three times in 34 appearances (two as sub) during 2002/03 as the Shots won the Isthmian League to gain promotion to the Conference and in August 2003 Nick was sent off in a 2-1 win over his old club Woking. In November 2003 he ruptured a cruciate ligament and missed the rest of the season.

In June 2004 he moved on to Crawley after being released by Aldershot and the Reds manager Francis Vine said "Nick brings a wealth of Conference experience which will be vital." But in August 2004 he left Crawley by mutual consent without playing in a competitive match. Vines said "He is not where he wants to be physically and said he didn't think he could give us the full Nick Roddis right now."

Nick joined AFC Wimbledon in September 2004 but after making seven appearances (four as sub) he left the club by mutual consent at the end of October 2004.

He then linked up with St.Albans as player-coach in November 2004 and Nick stayed there until the end of the 2006/07 season before leaving shortly after unsuccessfully applying for the club's managers job.

In the summer of 2007 Nick signed for Southern League Division 1 South & West club Slough as player-assistant manager and on 25.9.07 he was sent off in a 6-1 defeat at AFC Hayes. He made 13 appearances for Slough before leaving the club at the end of November 2007 when manager Darron Wilkinson resigned.

After a short spell out of the game Nick joined Alton of the Wessex League in January 2008 and stayed there till the end of the 2007/08 campaign.

During the 2008/09 season he played for Bentley FC of the Aldershot & District Sunday Football League before retiring aged 36.

In 2011 he was deputy headmaster of West Hill Park School in Hampshire.










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