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Nicholas Bignall

Born: 11th July 1990 
Nationality: English 
Position: Striker 
Royals first team debut: Reading 5-1 Burton Albion – 11/08/09 
Appearance: 3(+1) 
Goals: 2 

Bignall’s Story:
Born in Reading, Bignall started his career by joining our Academy setup and fit straight into the U18s squad. 

During the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons, the striker found himself top scorer, notching 11 in 24(+5) games and then nine in 15(+5) the year after. 

Signing professionally for the club in 2008, Bignall was loaned out in the early stages to Northampton Town. 

It was with the Cobblers that he scored his first professional goal, coming in the 87th minute as the winner against Leeds United. 

Northampton was one of eight clubs that our Academy graduate would go on to play for in several loan spells, others including Stockport, Brentford, Bournemouth and Nigel Adkins’ Southampton. 

Bignall made his debut for the Royals in our Carling Cup fixture with Burton Albion at the start of the 2009/10 season. Scoring twice inside the first ten minutes, he showed plenty of goal scoring dexterity and if it hadn’t been riddled with injury, his Madejski days could have been up there in the Academy graduates’ Hall of Fame, alongside a certain Shane Long or Gylfi Sigurdsson.     

Beyond the hoops:
In June 2013, Bignall was released by the club although he stuck around the Madejski on non-contract terms to undertake a rehabilitation program following an injury he suffered whilst on loan with Wycombe in 2011. He made a return to Reading during this period, scoring a goal in the Royals’ U21s fixture against Swindon Town in December 2013. 

Nearing the end of his restoration process, in March 2014 Bignall finally left the Mad Stad to join Conference South side Basingstoke Town, where, aged 24, he managed four appearance for the side as part of his valiant attempt to return to the game following so many injury set-backs.