Name: Stuart Nelson
Date of Birth: 17 September 1981
Place of Birth: Stroud
Stuart Nelson was signed by Yeovil Town on February 20th 2018, initially on a short term contract, following his release by Gillingham. He was born in Stoud on September 17th 1981 and had a youth career with Battledown (in Cheltenham), Cirencester. His early career didn't pull up too many trees, with two years at Millwall and then a season with Doncaster Rovers in the Conference division seeing him drop into non-league football with Hucknall Town. However, in February 2004, he got his big break when Brentford bought him from Hucknall for £10,000 and during his first full season with them, he gained 21 clean sheets in 55 appearances as the West London side made the League One play-offs.
He spent three seasons on Brentford's books, making 139 appearances before joining Leyton Orient for the 2007-08 season, where he made 33 appearances. The next two years were not so good as moves to Norwich City and Aberdeen didn't take off, but when he returned to England, he had two successful seasons with Notts County, making 90 appearances for them.
Nelson then moved to Gillingham - a club that he was ultimately to spend five-and-a-half years with. He was part of their 2012-13 squad that won promotion from League Two. His performances were good enough to be runner-up in their Player Of The Season for that year, and then in 2013-14 he took the main award. He was also named in the PFA Team Of The Season for League Two in 2012-13. Nelson went on to become the club's Vice Captain and ultimately made 223 appearances for them - the third highest appearances a goalkeeper has made for the Gills.
During the 2017-18 season, Nelson found himself frozen out, having been their number one keeper for five years. Having only made two first team appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy during the current campaign, he agreed to have his contract ripped up on the final day of the January Transfer Window to leave himself as a free agent.
Nelson then signed for Yeovil Town in February 2018, initially on a short term contract to provide cover for an injury to Artur Krysiak. A broken wrist also saw him sidelined after just four-and-a-half games, but his performances during that short period were strong enough to see him retained by the club. He was given a two year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2020.
Total Appearances: 17
Total Goals: 0
Debut Appearance: 13 March 2018