Nicholas Bignall

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Nicholas Bignall is an English striker who was born on 11th July 1990 in Reading. Bignall began his career at Reading, but made his first professional appearance on loan at Northampton on 7th November 2008, in a 1-1 draw at Leeds United. Bignall appeared seven times for The Cobblers, and scored one goal, against Leeds on 25th November, in a memorable 2-1 victory. Bignall was loaned out again in January 2009, this time to Cheltenham Town. The powerful front man played 13 times for The Robins, scoring once.

Bignall marked his Reading debut with a two goals in the Carling Cup thrashing of Burton on 11th August 2009. He was loaned to League 1 minnows Stockport on 31st August, and scored on his debut the next day in a 4-1 Football League Trophy first round win against Crewe. Bignall scored three times for The Hatters, before returning to Reading in December 2009. Nicholas made his first league appearance for The Royals (and only appearance of the season) on January 30th against Barnsley.

After starting in Reading's League Cup victory at Torquay on 11th August 2010, Bignall was loaned to League 1 Southampton on 8th October for a month. Bignall made his Saints debut on 16th October against Huddersfield, and made two more sub appearances, without contributing anything of real note. On 12th November Bignall joined Bournemouth on a month's loan, before joining Brentford for a third loan spell of the season in February. He failed to find the net during 2010/11, in 16 matches for four clubs.

Away from football, Bignall appeared in court on October 6th 2010 accused of assault in a Windsor nightclub. CCTV footage later proved the striker was not involved in the attack, and all charges against Bignall were dropped.

In August 2011 Bignall signed for Exeter City on loan for a month. He failed to score in four attempts. Bignall moved to Wycombe for a month in November 2011, but played just once.