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James Nixon

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According to tonight's evening mail, James has decided to retire as he can no longer commit to the Raiders because of work commitments and personal circumstances. :(

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Sorry to see you go Nico..you have been an asset to Barrow Raiders and wish you all the best for your future (at Dalton I hope...lol)

Michael or Keith, could we put some of his stats up from over the years? Thanks in advance.

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Sad news for Barrow - not the strongest runner but you can't beat sheer pace. His seasons outside Bull were great for both of them.

Thanks Nicko - you will be missed

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Soss (Mike). Just looked up Nicko's entry in 'Keeping the Dream Alive'. The book goes up to 2008 but I think it would be nice if Keith Nutter could show the whole entry from the book on this stream. Thanks in advance Keith.

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Come on keith you have nothing else to do...lol

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THIS IS JAMES' ENTRY IN THE BOOK (ONLY UP TO 2008).

Date of birth: 10 August, 1985.

Place of birth: Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria).

Signed from: Dalton ARLFC (in March 2004).

Debut: 4 July, 2004 v Gateshead Thunder (away).

Last appearance: 27 August, 2008 v Doncaster (away).

Went to: Contracted to Barrow Raiders for the 2009 season.

Known professional career:

Barrow (2004 to 2008).

Known family connections:

Son of Dave (Former Barrow Raiders’ Chairman and still member of the Board of Directors).

Season Apps Tries Goals Pts

2004 1+1 0 0 0

2005 22+0 6 0 24

2006 31+2 28 0 112

2007 25+0 16 0 64

2008 30+0 35 0 140

Totals 109+3 85 0 340

In addition to the above James was an unused substitute on 1 occasion.

Starting positions:

Winger (109).

Substitute (3).

Unused Substitute (1).

Career length:
4 years 56 days (but ongoing).

Last known status:
Living at Askam-in-Furness and contracted to Barrow Raiders for the 2009 season.

It is hard to believe that James Nixon is still just 23 years old. In 2009, he will be entering his sixth season as a Barrow Raiders player, and already he has racked up over a century of first team appearances and scored a total of 85 tries! Given a good season in 2009, it is not inconceivable that he will score his 100th first team try for Barrow and, to put that achievement into perspective, only a dozen other players in this book have managed to reach that figure. In 2008, he became the first Barrow player since Bill Burgess in the early 1960s to top the ‘30 tries in a season’ figure, and he looks well capable of one day challenging the club’s ‘tries in a match’ record of six, given the right circumstances. That looked on the cards at Blackpool in 2006 when James scored a hat trick in the opening minutes, in fact he did so before a single opponent had touched the ball other than to kick off. James’ hat-trick that day came in just six minutes, and is the fastest ever by a Barrow player. At the end of the 2008 season, James was courted by Super League club Harlequins, who went as far as making him an offer to join them. Barrow fans were delighted when James turned the London club down and chose to renew his contract with Barrow Raiders yet again. Barrow fans were delighted he stayed, for there is no better sight than James Nixon heading for the try line, leaving the opposition in his wake. I have no doubt that this is a sight we will continue to witness for many years to come. He’s faster than most players in the game (including Super League) and never looks likely to be caught. Rugby League is not the only sport at which James Nixon excels. He is an excellent fly fisherman who, from 1998 to 2002, was a member of the England Youth fly fishing team!

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