Nick Blackman

Nicholas Alexander Blackman (born 11 November 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Barbados national football team. He can also play as a winger.

Nick Blackman
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Alexander Blackman[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989[2]
Place of birth Salford, England[3]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2006 Macclesfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Macclesfield Town 12 (1)
2009–2012 Blackburn Rovers 1 (0)
2009Blackpool (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2010Oldham Athletic (loan) 12 (1)
2010–2011Motherwell (loan) 18 (10)
2011Aberdeen (loan) 15 (2)
2012–2013 Sheffield United 28 (11)
2013–2016 Reading 103 (18)
2016–2019 Derby County 23 (1)
2017–2018Maccabi Tel Aviv (loan) 31 (10)
2018–2019Sporting de Gijón (loan) 11 (1)
2019– Maccabi Tel Aviv 2 (0)
National team
2019– Barbados 2 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:25, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:52, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Early life

Blackman was born in Salford, Greater Manchester,[3] to a Jewish mother from England and a Christian father from Barbados.[4][5][6][7] His Polish-born maternal grandfather Benjamin Rosenfeld was an Auschwitz/Holocaust survivor and his Dutch maternal grandmother Marta was adopted by Jews, and later converted to Judaism.[7][5][4] He had a Bar Mitzvah.[7]

Blackman attended Manchester United Academies for five years from the age of eight, and also spent time at Bury and Preston North End academies. He attended King David High School followed by Phillips High School in Manchester.[8][9]

At the age of 13 Blackman competed in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel as part of a British schools football team.[10][11]

Club career

Macclesfield Town

Blackman was signed by Macclesfield Town in Summer 2006. After a string of impressive displays for the youth team Blackman signed his first professional contract at Macclesfield on 8 March 2007.[12] After making his league debut against Accrington Stanley his hopes of regular first team football were dashed by a pre-season injury that kept him out of action for several months.[13]

Blackman scored his debut goal for Macclesfield in a 1–1 home draw with Dagenham & Redbridge on 23 November 2007, when after coming on as a substitute, Blackman scored in the 90th minute.[14] Blackman made a total of 12 appearances for Macclesfield, mostly as a substitute, scoring one goal.[13]

Blackburn Rovers

Blackman joined Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on 12 January 2009, after impressing in a trial, for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[15] Blackman scored two goals in his first two games for the club's reserve team.

Blackpool (loan)

On 3 March, Blackman joined Championship club Blackpool on loan initially for one month.[16] Blackman made his debut later that same day as a 65th-minute substitute in a 0–1 home loss to Burnley at Bloomfield Road.[17] After two substitution appearances, Blackman scored on his full debut, a 2–2 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 10 March.[18]

Oldham (loan)

On 20 August 2009, Blackman joined Oldham Athletic on a month's loan.[19] Two days later, Blackman made his Latics debut in a 2–2 draw versus Swindon Town, playing the full 90 minutes.[20] His first goal for the club came on 29 August when Blackman curled a shot into the net from the edge of the area for Oldham's only goal in a 1–1 draw against Brentford.[21] His loan period was extended until January 2010 after which Blackman returned to Blackburn.[22]

Motherwell and Aberdeen (loan)

Blackman joined Scottish Premier League club Motherwell on a six-month loan on 13 August 2010[23] and scored 10 goals in 18 games in total which, included a hat trick in a 4–0 win over St Johnstone in November 2010.[24] On 13 January 2011, former Motherwell manager Craig Brown signed Blackman for Aberdeen on loan for six-months.[25]

Return to Blackburn Rovers

Blackman returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his loan spell. During the Premier League Asia Trophy match against Kitchee of Hong Kong, Blackman came off the bench for Blackburn Rovers winning and converting a penalty in a 3–0 win.

Sheffield United

Blackman signed for Sheffield United, on 10 August 2012, a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee after turning down offers from Championship clubs.[26] Blackman scored his first goal for the Blades with his first touch in a League Cup game against Burton Albion at Bramall Lane on 11 August 2012.[27] Blackman played regularly for the Blades throughout the first half of the season, making 33 appearances and scoring 14 goals by the end of January.[28] By this time however Blackman was attracting interest from other clubs and was the subject of bids from both Crystal Palace and Reading and despite United accepting offers from both clubs, Blackman rejected a move to Palace.[29]


On 30 January 2013, Blackman signed for Premier League side Reading for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £1.2m, on a three-and-a-half-year contract.[30] Blackman made his debut on 2 February, replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak in the 72nd minute of a 2–1 win against Sunderland. Blackman scored the first Reading goal of the 2015–2016 Championship season in a 2–1 away defeat to Birmingham.[31]

Derby County

On 6 January 2016,[32] it was announced that Blackman had signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Derby County for a reported fee of over £3 million.[33][34] He scored his only goal for the club, a penalty, in a 2–0 win over Cardiff City on 27 September 2016.[35]

Maccabi Tel Aviv loan

After starting only 12 matches for Derby, Blackman joined Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Tel Aviv on a season-long loan in August 2017.[36] He scored 10 goals in 31 Israeli Premier League games. On 22 May 2018 Blackman returned to Derby County after the end of his loan spell.

Sporting de Gijón loan

On 15 August 2018, Blackman joined Sporting de Gijón on a season-long loan.[37] In January 2019 he scored the winner in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey against Valencia.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

After being released by Derby County in July 2019, Blackman signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv on 17 July 2019.[38]

International career

According to Blackman, he is eligible to represent England, Barbados, the Netherlands, Poland or Israel at international level—Barbados through his father, the Netherlands and Poland through his maternal grandparents, and Israel through "family members".[39] He holds dual Israeli citizenship.[40][6] In 2019, Blackman decided to represent Barbados at international level.[41]

International goals

Scores and results list Barbados' goal tally first.[42]
1.5 September 2019Wildey Turf, Bridgetown, Barbados Saint Martin2–04–02019–20 CONCACAF Nations League C
3.12 October 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands1–01–0

Career statistics


As of match played 27 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[lower-alpha 1] League Cup[lower-alpha 2] Other Total
Macclesfield Town 2006–07[43] League Two 10000000 10
2007–08[44] 111000000 111
Total 121000000 121
Blackburn Rovers 2008–09[45] Premier League 000000 00
2011–12[46] 100020 30
Total 100020 30
Blackpool (loan) 2008–09[45] Championship 51 51
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2009–10[47] League One 12100001[lower-alpha 3]0 131
Motherwell (loan) 2010–11[48][49] Scottish Premier League 181000202[lower-alpha 4]0 2210
Aberdeen (loan) 2010–11[48] Scottish Premier League15230 182
Sheffield United 2012–13[50] League One 2811421100 3314
Reading 2012–13[50] Premier League 1100000 110
2013–14[51] Championship 3041000 314
2014–15[52] 3734121 435
2015–16[53] 25110032 2813
Total 103185153 11322
Derby County 2015–16[53] Championship 140201[lower-alpha 5]0 170
2016–17[54] 911020 121
Total 231302010 291
Maccabi Tel Aviv (loan) 2017–18[55] Israeli Premier League 311010315[lower-alpha 4]1 4012
Sporting de Gijón (loan) 2018–19[55] Segunda División 11131 142
Career total 2585619415591 30166


As of match played 16 November 2019
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Barbados 201943


Maccabi Tel Aviv


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