Nicky Walker - Player Profile


Full Name:Joseph Nicol Walker
Born:September 29th, 1962 (Aberdeen)
Height:6ft 2in
Position:Goalkeeper
Signed:October 14th, 1997
First Manager:Neale Cooper
Left Club:May 15th, 2001
Career Stats: 137 appearances
Debut: October 18th, 1997 - Dumbarton 2 - 2 Ross County (League - Third Division)
Also Played For:Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic, Elgin City, Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Rangers

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2000/01  Division One 36 0 11 0.31 0 0 38.9% 19.4% 41.7%
 1999/00  Division Two 32 0 14 0.44 0 0 46.9% 28.1% 25.0%
 1998/99  Division Three 38 0 15 0.39 - - 68.4% 15.8% 15.8%
 1997/98  Division Three 31 0 14 0.45 - - 48.4% 35.5% 16.1%
137 (0) 0 54 0.39

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 May 5th, 2001 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 4 - 0
 Apr 28th, 2001 League  (A)  vs. Clyde 0 - 2
 Apr 24th, 2001 League  (A)  vs. Greenock Morton 3 - 0
 Apr 21st, 2001 League  (H)  vs. Ayr United 0 - 1
 Mar 31st, 2001 League  (H)  vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 None

Walker started his career with Elgin City in the Highland League before signing for Leicester City aged 17. He didnít settle in the Midlands though, and returned to Scotland within the year, signing for Motherwell in 1981. Two years later, he moved again, this time signing for Rangers, where he soon established himself as the Light Blues first choice keeper.

Walker joined Heart of Midlothian in a £125,000 deal.

Walkerís time at Tynecastle developed into a see-saw battle with Henry Smith for the starting goalkeeping role, both men earning international recognition when in the Hearts first team but enduring significant spells on the sidelines. Smith eventually won the duel and, after a loan spell with Burnley, Walker moved to Partick Thistle in 1994 in a part-exchange deal for Craig Nelson.

Firhill proved a happy home for Walker, and he enjoyed his most consistent period in the West of Glasgow. When Thistle were relegated in 1996, his form was sufficient to earn a £60,000 move to high-flying Aberdeen. He left Pittodrie in 1999 after he was supplanted by Derek Stillie, winding down his career at Ross County and a short spell at rivals near Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Walker currently holds the clubs record for the goalkeeper with most clean sheets (54) between 1997 - 2001.

 Goals Scored
None.

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 2
International Goals: 0

International Debut:
March 24th, 1993 vs. Germany

Walker earned 2 caps for Scotland, making his debut in a 1-0 defeat by Germany in 1993. His only other appearance was three years later, against the USA, although he was selected as a reserve goalkeeper in the squad for the 1996 European Championships.