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Nigel Quashie

Nigel Quashie is a former English/Scottish midfielder who was born in Southwark, London on July 20th 1978. Quashie began his career with QPR, making his debut for the club on 30th December 1995 in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United. He was only called on occasionally in the following months, until Rangers were relegation to Division One. Quashie scored his first goal for the club on 6th January 1996 in an FA Cup tie at Tranmere. That was followed by a second in the same competition weeks later against Chelsea. Quashie didn't become a regular at Loftus Road until 1997/98, by which time he also won himself call-ups to the England under 21 side.

Quashie joined freshly promoted Premiership side Nottingham Forest on 21st August 1998 for £2,500,000. He was in and out of a Forest side that finished rock bottom of the league after a dreadful season. The following campaign new boss David Platt rewarded Quashie with an extended spell of first team action, but the former QPR man was considered a major disappointment at The City Ground and was eventually transfer listed.

On 2nd August 2000 Quashie signed for Portsmouth for £600,000. Despite Pompey's struggles, the former England U21 midfielder performed fairly well in his first two seasons at Fratton Park. It wasn't until Harry Redknapp arrived as manager in 2002 though, that Quashie really hit his peak. Quashie was key in helping Pompey reach the Premiership in 2003. He scored 5 league goals in 2002/03 as Redknapp's side finished the season as Division One champions. Despite missing nearly half the season through injury, Quashie was an important figure for Pompey in 2003/04 and helped the club avoid relegation after a terrific late run. Although he had previously represented England at youth level, Quashie switched allegiances in May 2004 when he was called up for Scotland's 1-0 win in Estonia. He qualified because his grandfather was born in Glasgow. Quashie continued to shine for Pompey in the early months of the 2004/05 season. That was until Harry Redknapp quit the club.

On 17th January 2005 Quashie made the shock move across to M27 to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, who was now Southampton manager. Just over a week before his move to St Marys, the midfielder had clapped along when Portsmouth fans chanted "If you all hate Scummers clap your hands" in an FA Cup tie against Gillingham. Quashie was unhappy at Fratton Park after the club failed to offer the Scottish international a new deal. He cost Saints £2,100,000 despite being out of contract at Pompey in the summer of 2005.

Quashie made his Saints debut on 6th February 2005 in a 2-2 draw with Everton. Despite his Portsmouth connections, Quashie won over the Southampton fans immediately. His energetic drive from midfield gave the club hope for survival. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Tottenham on 5th March 2005. Quashie always gave 100% for Southampton during their 2004/05 relegation battle, which is more than can be said for a few other players. Even he couldn't stop the club dropping out of the Premiership after a 27 year run however. Quashie had a hand in John O'Shea's own goal on the last day of the campaign, which put Saints 1-0 up and heading for safety. Harry Redknapp's men couldn't hold on to the lead however, eventually losing out 2-1.

Quashie continued to perform well in 2005/06. Goals against Norwich and Crewe helped Saints to early season victories. He also scored a brace against Leeds on November 19th 2005, as Southampton blew a 3-0 half time advantage to somehow lose 4-3. After Harry Redknapp left the club in December to return to Portsmouth, Quashie's performances hit a huge dip. He clearly wasn't happy without his mentor Redknapp. His last few weeks at the club were summed up on January 14th 2006, when he missed a penalty in a 1-0 loss at former club QPR.

On 1st February 2006 Quashie signed for Premiership outfit West Brom for £1,400,000. The former Saint made his Baggies debut on 4th February 2006, and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on 15th April. Unfortunately, Quashie's West Brom were relegated at the end of the season. It marked the fourth time the midfielder had suffered the deadly drop. Quashie remained at The Hawthorns for the first half of the 2006/07 campaign, as The Baggies battled for promotion.

On 8th January 2007 Quashie became Alan Curbishley's second signing at West Ham, for a fee which eventually rose to £1,750,000. Quashie made a terrible start to his career at Upton Park, failing to impress fans. The Hammers failed to win a single game he featured in before a foot injury ruled him out for the last couple of months of the campaign. He was sidelined for the entire duration of the 2007/08 season. When Quashie finally returned he found himself surplus to requirements following the emergence of several new midfielders.

In 2008/09 Quashie had short loan spells at Birmingham and Wolves, the two sides who won automatic promotion to the Premiership that season. In November 2009 Quashie joined League 1 outfit MK Dons on loan until January, and contributed with goals in victories over Leyton Orient and Stockport. On 22nd January 2010 Quashie returned to his first club QPR. He made his debut against another former side, Nottingham Forest, in a 5-0 humilation. He made just a handful of appearances before being released by the club in June 2010.

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