283. Stephen Nichols

283. Stephen NicholsPlayer Inductee

Scottsdale/NEFU clubs, Forward/Midfielder, 1967-2008

Around 309 senior games, over 400 goals, Scottsdale, 1970-90
Scottsdale best and fairest, 1976 and 1977
Scottsdale NTFA premierships, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1986
Scottsdale state premiership, 1973
Scottsdale ‘Championship of Australia’ representative, 1973
Scottsdale NTFL premiership, 1989
Coach, Scottsdale, 1986, including NTFA senior premiership
NTFA best and fairest (Hec Smith Medal), 1977
Represented NTFA on numerous occasions
Represented Tasmania three times, including the 1972 Australian Carnival
Life member, Scottsdale, 1978
Life member, NTFL, 2000
Member of Scottsdale’s ‘Best team – 1960 to 2000’
NTFA, ‘Living Legend’, 2010
All Australian, Master Rules, 1994, 1995 and 1996

Stephen Nichols has been involved in Australian football in the north east of Tasmania for more than 50 consecutive seasons, only missing playing in 1981 and 1985 due to serious knee injuries. He began playing as an 8-year-old junior at Bridport in 1960 and has been a champion at Scottsdale and for Tasmania at senior and masters level. During the Scottsdale Magpies’ dominant era of the early and mid-1970s Stephen Nichols was considered one of their very best players amongst a team of predominately local champions. With his prominent blonde hair, Nichols was easily recognised as he caused havoc across half forward for Scottsdale across Tasmania and at national level. Nichols had a tremendous goal sense and was extremely hard at the contest, but unscrupulously fair, which saw him recognised by the umpires, media and his playing and coaching peers. The Scottsdale Magpies enjoyed a period of unparalleled success from the early 1960s to the early 1990s and Stephen Nichols contributed to eight premierships and a further three grand finals during his 20 year senior career. Incredibly, after winning the Northern Tasmanian Football League (NTFL) reserves best and fairest in 1988, he was again elevated to the Scottsdale seniors in 1989 and helped the club take out its only NTFL title as his swan song at senior level. Stephen Nichols continues to contribute to football in north east Tasmania and played in a premiership with his original club, Bridport, in 1993 and has undertaken stints coaching the under 19s (six seasons) and reserves (four seasons) at Scottsdale and also with the Scottsdale Crows and Branxholm, where he pulled on the boots for a few senior games while coaching the Canaries in 2008. Not surprisingly the Scottsdale legend’s endurance and love of the game has also seen him participate and coach in masters programs. His ability ensured his recognition as an All Australian Masters footballer in the mid-1990s.