Farewell Chaddy - and Thanks

FORWARD Nick Chadwick has left Home Park for the second time after Argyle agreed to release him from his contract.

Nick, 31, a Pilgrim for more than five years of his peripatetic career, had been on loan to Conference side Tamworth until last week.

The Potteries-born striker first came to Plymouth from Everton in February 2005, soon after the Toffees had knocked Argyle out of the FA Cup, winning 3-1 at Home Park with the third goal being scored by Nick.

Injuries blighted the second-half of his initial three and a half year stint, limiting him to 83 appearances. He scored 11 goals, one of which has permanently etched him into the Home Park record books.

On December 17, 2005, Chaddy scored Argyle's quickest ever goal after only 11.83 seconds of a home game against Crystal Palace, which sent the Pilgrims on their way to a 2-0 Championship victory. Argyle only took five touches as they went from 0-0 to 1-0, the kick-off being touched back to Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, whose long ball forward was headed on by Michael Evans for Chadwick to lob the ball over the disastrously out-of-position goalkeeper Julian Speroni. 

After leaving in the summer of 2008, Nick had spells with Hereford United, Shrewsbury Town, Chester City, Barrow and Stockport County before Carl Fletcher brought him back to Home Park - initially on loan - in November 2011.

He scored some important goals over the next year and a half as Argyle successfully battled twice to avoid relegation, taking his total number of appearances for the club up to 137.

Although a clause in his contract saw him retained by the Pilgrims at the end of last season, he was transfer-listed by John Sheridan in the summer, before undergoing an operation on his knee that sidelined him for two months before his loan to Tamworth.

Everyone at Home Park thanks Nick for his considerable contribution to the Green cause and wishes him well for the remainder of his career.