Atangana, Nigel

Birth Date

9th September 1989


Corbeil-Essonnes, near Paris



Biographical Text

Nigel, a French-born midfielder, spent three seasons with Exeter City before leaving for Eastleigh. He appeared in sixteen games, mainly as a substitute, when City were promoted in 2022.

Nigel, from the outskirts of Paris, made his senior debut with US Avranches in 2008/09 and then played for Sport Union Dives-Cabourg (also in France) and CF Riudellots, the nursery club of Spanish side Girona FC. He then returned to France in 2013 with US Gravelines before coming to England, where he had earlier trials, to sign for Havant & Waterlooville in September 2013. After an impressive season with the Hampshire club - and being named player of the year in the process - Nigel joined near-neighbours Portsmouth on a two-year deal in June 2014. 

Nigel appeared in 43 league games for Pompey before moving Leyton Orient in January 2016 on an eighteen-month contract, He then had two seasons at Cheltenham Town prior to signing for Exeter City in May 2019. By this time Nigel had nearly 150 EFL appearances to his name. 

Nigel was to make 69 league appearances for City including three in the 2019/20 play-offs which ended in defeat to Northampton. When City won promotion in Nigel’s third, and final season, he started four games and came on as substitute in another dozen.

Nigel was released by Exeter at the end of the 2021/22 season and made a return to Hampshire to join National League Eastleigh in August 2022.


Exeter City

69 League; 15 Cup (84)


2 League; 3 Cup (5)

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