Hailing from a famous football family, Nicky Law came up through the ranks at Sheffield United, for whom he made four Premier League appearances in 2006/07.
Following a series of spells at other clubs, he moved north of the border in 2011, enjoying stints with Motherwell and Rangers, winning the Scottish Championship, League One and Challenge Cup whilst with the latter. Having returned to English football with Bradford City in 2016, he signed for the Grecians in July, playing a key role in City’s bright start to the season.
45 – Although he began his career up in Sheffield, Nicky was in fact born locally, during his father’s one season stint with Plymouth Argyle. Constituting just a 45-minute trip up the A38, he can therefore consider himself a Devonshire lad.
1 – Handed the number eight shirt on his arrival, Nicky enjoyed a dream start to his Exeter career, putting in a man of the match performance against Carlisle United on the season’s opening day. Described as “a class apart” in Matt Taylor’s post match interview, it took him just 16 minutes to open his scoring account, neatly finishing off a Jonathan Forte cutback. A menace throughout the day, he also created a number of other chances, playing a major hand in the Grecians’ other two goals.
57 – His next goal came in mid-September when the Grecians travelled away to Mansfield Town. With City already leading through a Dean Moxey strike, Nicky guided home a header in the 57th minute to double their lead. Although Tyler Walker grabbed one back a few minutes later, City were able to hold on, ending the Stags’ unbeaten start to the season.
14 – Prolific during the season’s first few weeks, Nicky found the net again just fourteen days later, when the Grecians travelled to Port Vale. Having tapped home a Hiram Boetang cross from close range, it looked as if his contribution would be decisive. However, in scenes of high drama, substitute Idris Kanu scrambled in a 97th minute equaliser to ensure that the spoils would be shared.
23 – Although he has not found himself on the score sheet since, possessing an astonishing calmness on the ball and the ability to play a pinpoint pass, Nicky has been at the centre of much of what has been good about the Grecians this season. In recognition of this fact, he was voted the Hawksmoor Investment Management Player of the Month for November, winning 23% of the vote in a narrow contest to claim the prize.
Up next at St James Park:
City take on Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, March 2 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.