Bignall, Nicholas

Birth Date

11th July 1990

Birthplace

Reading

Occupation

Striker

Biographical Text

Bignall was a prolific scorer for the Reading Academy, which prompted manager Steve Coppell to sign him on professional forms.

He was leading goal scorer for two successive seasons for Reading’s Under-18 side, in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Before experiencing first team action for Reading, he was loaned out to Northampton Town in late 2008, scoring his first senior goal against Leeds United.

He was loaned out again in January 2009 to Cheltenham Town where he scored once in 13 league matches.

He scored his first Reading goals when he scored twice at home to Burton Albion in a first round League Cup tie on 11 August 2009, also making his senior debut.

In August 2009, he joined Stockport County on loan until the following January. He made his debut against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Trophy and scored.

He scored his first league goal for Stockport in the 2–1 win over Leyton Orient on 20 September 2009 and netted 2 goals in 1l league outings.

Bignall signed for Southampton on loan in October 2010, but only featured as a substitute on three occasions.

He had loan spells with AFC Bournemouth in November 2010 (5 apps, 0 gls) and then Brentford in January 2011 (6 apps, 0 gls).

The striker joined Exeter City on loan in August 2011 and made his debut in the opening game of the season at Stevenage.

Unfortunately he sustained a knee injury in his fourth game for the club and the loan arrangement was ended.

Bignall made yet another loan move in October 2011, joining Wycombe Wanderers. Finally released by Reading in June 2013, he joined Basingstoke Town in March 2014 before joining Gainsborough in the summer of 2015.

He departed for the final time in the summer of 2015 and had short spells with Lincoln City before joining National League South club Hungerford Town in 2016. He remained at Bulpit Lane until his departure at the end of the 2017–18 season. He then had short loan spells with Biggleswade Town and Gosport Borough.

It was was reported that Bignall had returned to Reading in September 2018 to coach in the club's academy, as part of a coaching degree course at Oxford Brookes University.

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