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Nicholas Bignall




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The Berkshire-born striker started his career through the Reading FC academy. He found himself top scorer for the U18s team during the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons.

He signed professionally for the Royals in 2008, and was loaned out straight away to Northampton Town.
He scored his first professional goal while on loan with the Cobblers, it came in the 87th minute as the winner against Leeds United.

The Northampton side was to be one of eight clubs that Bignall would go out on loan to while at Reading, others including Stockport, Nigel Adkins’ Southampton, Bournemouth and Brentford.

Perhaps one of the unluckiest injury-ravaged players in Madejski Stadium’s 17-years, Bignall showed plenty of goal scoring prowess during his playing time at Reading.

He made his senior team debut for the Royals against Burton Albion in the League Cup, netting twice within the first ten minutes of the game.

Unfortunately the fleet-footed frontman wasn’t able to put a run of games together due to a variety of injuries.

He was released by the club in June 2013, though he stuck around the Madejski on a non-contract basis to undertake a rehabilitation program following an injury he suffered while on loan to Wycombe. In March 2014, he signed for Conference South side Basingstoke Town, aged just 24.