Nicky Law
Nicky
Law

Nicky Law was appointed as manager of Alfreton Town on 14 May 2007.

Law was previously appointed as Grimsby Town manager on March 4th 2004, succeeding Paul Groves at the Blundell Park helm until the end of the season.

His third managerial appointment came four months after his dismissal from Bradford City, where he had been in charge for 22 months.

He was brought in to try and save The Mariners from a second successive relegation, but was unfortunately unable to keep them from slipping into Division Three as defeat on the final day of the season and a late goal for his former club Chesterfield condemned Grimsby and saved the Spireites.

Nicky's short-term contract expired on 10th May and he left the club.

His managerial career began at Saltergate, where he took over from John Duncan as Spireites boss. He spent 19 months in charge at Chesterfield and returned the Club to Division Two in the face of tremendous financial difficulties before leaving to become the Bradford City manager on January 1st 2002.

Nicky Law started his career at Arsenal as an apprentice but played the majority of his football in the north of England after making the move to Barnsley in 1981.

His career took him around eight clubs in the north, notably Notts County and Rotherham, before he joined the Spireites in 1993. He skippered the Saltergate club to promotion in 1995, but left for short spells at Hereford and Ilkeston Town before returning as Community Officer.

Nicky took over as caretaker manager after the departure of John Duncan in April 2000 and immediately appointed former teammate Ian Banks as his assistant. The position was made permanent soon after and Law guided Chesterfield to the top of the Third Division in 2000/01, picking up two manager of the month awards in the first half of the season as his team opened up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack. Promotion back to Division Two looked like a credible prospect.

The run towards promotion continued as Chesterfield maintained their lead in Division Three but investigations into the club's financial situation threatened to deprive the club of promotion.

For weeks it seemed that all the hard work Nicky had put in to take the club back to Division Two may be in vain but a nine-point deduction failed to ruin the promotion push that eventually saw the Spireites finish in third place and return to the Second Division.

An up and down first half of the season in Division Two saw Chesterfield near the bottom end of the table but in the circumstances, the fact that they were 5 points clear of the relegation zone could be considered as reasonable success for a Club which at one stage the previous year had seemed destined for liquidation.

Nicky Law's efforts in adverse circumstances did not go unnoticed and he was invited to take over at Bradford City, after Jim Jefferies left the club, with the aim of reversing the Bantams' slide into the bottom half of the table and rebuilding the side for the future.

Taking over at the beginning of 2002, he managed to steer Bradford to a 15th placed finish that season, but the following year saw them slip down to 19th - still six points clear of relegation.

Although the 2003/04 season began brightly, with a home draw against Norwich and an away win at Cardiff, results soon turned against the Yorkshire side and they were struggling near the bottom of the table when Law was dismissed on November 9th despite two successive draws.

Having managed two clubs in adverse financial circumstances, Nicky's experience ensured that he was not out of the game for long, and he was appointed at Grimsby manager until the end of the season in March 2004. He took the reins from caretaker manager Graham Rodger, who became his number two, and was faced with the task of keeping The Mariners - then six points outside the relegation zone - in Divsion Two.

 

Honours (3)
  • personal-awards
    • Chesterfield:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2000-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2000-08-01)
  • promotions
    • Chesterfield:
      • Promotion to Football League Division Two, (2000-01-01)
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