Nicky Law (footballer, born 1961)

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Nicky Law
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Law in 2013
Personal information
Full nameNicholas Law [1]
Date of birth (1961-09-08) 8 September 1961 (age 59) [1]
Place of birth Greenwich, England [1]
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
(Head of Youth Recruitment)
Youth career
1979–1981 Arsenal
Senior career*
1981–1985 Barnsley 114 (1)
1985–1987 Blackpool 66 (1)
1987–1988 Plymouth Argyle 38 (5)
1988–1990 Notts County 47 (4)
1989Scarborough (loan) 12 (0)
1990–1993 Rotherham United 128 (4)
1993–1996 Chesterfield 111 (11)
1996–1997 Hereford United 14 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Chesterfield
2002–2003 Bradford City
2004 Grimsby Town
2004–2007 Buxton
2007–2017 Alfreton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nicholas Law (born 8 September 1961) is an English former professional footballer and football manager who is currently the Head of Youth Recruitment at Premier League side Burnley.


He previously played as a defender notably for Barnsley, Rotherham United and Chesterfield. He became manager of the latter between 2000 and 2001 and later went on to take charge at Bradford City, Grimsby Town and Buxton.

Playing career

Law played as a defender between 1981 and 1997 for Barnsley, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Notts County, Scarborough, Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Hereford United. He began his professional career at Arsenal, but his first team involvement was limited to a single appearance on the substitute's bench in a 1-5 defeat at Aston Villa on 24th April 1979. [2]

Managerial and coaching career


Law was made Football in the Community officer with Chesterfield before taking over as manager from John Duncan in the spring of 2000. [3] The change was too late to save the Spireites from relegation in 1999–2000, but with some shrewd signings by Law, the team dominated Division Three in 2000–01 and led the table, until the pressures of the Football League enquiry into financial irregularities started to impact on performances. [3] Despite a nine-point deduction, Law nevertheless led Chesterfield to third place and automatic promotion to Division Two. [3]

Bradford City

On 1 January 2002 he joined First Division side Bradford City replacing Jim Jeffries as manager. [4] Law was sacked in November 2003 during which the club was in administration and second from bottom of league. [5]

Grimsby Town

Law was appointed manager of Second Division Grimsby Town on 3 March 2004. The Mariners had recently dismissed Paul Groves and were struggling in the lower mid-table of the third-tier of English football following relegation from the First Division a few months earlier. He turned his attention to the transfer market and acquired John Thorrington, Alan Fettis, Paul Warhurst and Mickaël Antoine-Curier amongst others. However, in the final twelve games of the season Law only posted three victories, two draws and seven defeats which confined Grimsby to a second successive relegation. Law was dismissed as a result and was replaced by Russell Slade.

Alfreton Town

On 14 May 2007 he was appointed as manager of Alfreton Town. [6] In March 2008 he was set to return to Bradford as manager of Bradford Park Avenue, [7] until Park Avenue were forced to call off the deal and apologise to Alfreton Town. [8]

On 25 May 2011 Law signed a new contract along with assistant Russ O'Neill keeping them with the club till June 2014. [9]


On 25 January 2017 it was announced that Law would join Premier League Burnley as head of national recruitment for 17-23 year olds. [10]



Alfreton Town

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  5. "Bradford sack Law". BBC Sport. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. "Law named as Alfreton's new boss". BBC Sport. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. "Familiar face lands Avenue job". Telegraph & Argus. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.[ permanent dead link ]
  8. "Deal for Law falls through". Telegraph & Argus. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.[ permanent dead link ]
  9. "Nicky Law signs new deal as Alfreton Town manager". BBC Sport. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  10. "Alfreton boss to leave club for Burnley". BBC Sport. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.