A fantastic keeper - confident and commanding - who almost
single-handedly kept Leeds up in the 96-97 season. He committed a
couple of howlers in 97-98 season - notably charging off his line
and giving Newcastle an empty net to aim for - and his kicking
wasn't wonderful, but he was justifiably regarded as England's
number 2 keeper behind ex-Leeds player David Seaman.
Although Nigel picked up a rib injury which kept him out of a
couple of games, he had another good season in 98-99, and Leeds had
one of the most parsimonious defences in the league. With David
Seaman injured, his England chances were looking better.
Voted into the Premier League Team of the Year 2000 by his
fellow professionals, Nige remained second choice England keeper
behind David Seaman - and when he finally got his big chance
against Romania in Euro 2000, he made some great saves, but a
combination of an uncertain defence and Nige's occasional rush of
blood played some part in the infamous 2-3 defeat.
In 2000-01, he suffered a long absence due to a groin injury,
and saw just what a battle he will have to keep his place ahead of
Paul Robinson in the next couple of years. However, he returned
with his shot-stopping as good as ever, although he did seem a bit
more tentative with his kicking, and played a major part in the
latter half of Leeds' Champions League campaign.
In 2002, he recovered some confidence in his kicking and his
overall game is back to its best. He was picked by England for the
World Cup squad, but the return to fitness of David Seaman left him
on the sidelines. After all that largely pointless travelling he
was reluctant to go on Leeds' commercially-driven tour of the Far
East for the pre-season and when the squad returned he found that
Paul Robinson had done enough to convince new manager Terry
Venables that he was the one who would start between the sticks for
the new season and has remained on the bench since.
In summer 2003, Peter Reid made it clear - once the player
finally decided to stay - that Paul Robinson was going to continue
as first choice, and Martyn was linked with moves to Chelsea as
backup to Carlo Cudicini, or to Everton where he might give Richard
Wright a run for his money. After the Chelsea move fell through
because the player was unwilling to move his family down to London
for a role with little chance of first-team football he looked to
be settled at Elland Road, but just before deadline day - and with
Everton's Richard Wright injured - a deal was agreed with Everton
and Martyn agreed personal terms shortly afterwards. He has been a
great servant to the club and we wish him well for the future.
Hannah writes: Nigel Martyn is the best forever and i love him!
He's an amazing goalkeeper.
Rebecca says: I met Nigel in the White Rose Centre and he was
really charming and nice. He signed my Leeds magazine and I had my
picture taken with him. It was a great day, thanks a lot!
Barnie says: I think we owe Nige a lot for all his great saves.
He's a fantastic keep and the best shot stopper in the League. When
opposition have shots, we think 'Oh no, 1-0', then all of a sudden
he comes flying across the goal and saves it, amazing. The whole
stadium goes silent with relief. The amount of times he has saved
us from losing - I've lost count, when he makes a mistake people
are on his back, when he's the one that put us in the next round
Simon says: I believe that Nige is England's #1 as he is so
dependable week in week out. He is a great asset to the Leeds team
and will always be remembered. Being a season ticket holder you get
to see the great saves he makes that the TV misses out.
Becky Wark says: he's a brill keeper and should be knighted for
the great penalty saves for England and for Leeds.
Anonymous says: I met Nigel Martyn in the Queen Vic, he was
really ignorant 2 me!! I offered 2 buy him a drink but he told me 2
go and s*rew myself!!!
Raluca says: I don't like how he plays and I think that he
should be put in the second line!!!!! He is the worst player from
Vikki says: Lee used to go to the 'Bull's Head' pub for
after-match drinks with the rest of the Man Utd posse & make my
heart swell! Thanks Lee for giving me confidence as could lip-read/
hear what they were saying!
Harold Kuster says: hello this is a message from holland from a
PSV supporter. I met Mr Martyn after the match in Eindhoven and
take a picture with him. That was really nice. Sorry for the week
Sarah says: Nigel Martyn is a brilliant goalkeeper and should
play for England in every match! He is the most amazing goalkeeper
I have ever seen!
Saz says: Nigel is the best looking guy on the earth and the
Pagey says: Saz - further to your above comment re: Nigel
Martyn, we would be interested in sponsoring you over the coming
seasons. You can get my address from any our our branches.
Beefy Barton says: I AM HIS BUTCHER
Sarah says: Nigel is da best an i love him!
Catherine Martyn says: Hi, I really dont know who you are, but I
think it's cool that your last name is Martyn with a Y because
thats how mine is spelled. I only found this website through the
search. I just never thought I'd see another Martyn with a Y. Thats
just what I wanted to tell you. Who knows, we might be related.
hanif says: Nigel Martyn is the best keeper i have ever seen.i
love him. i think he should be the num.1 keeper for england and
Andre Blazey says: Attention Nigel Martyn. Just a note to wish
you continued football success . From all the ST. Blazey Football
Club fans .Nigel type in a register yourself on the St. Blazey
Football Club messagerboard to talk with all the football fans.
Daniel Mills says: Your the best from big time fan Daniel
Disgruntled Irish leeds fan ! says: Where are you ? Dude ! if
you can't play then at least teach Paul how they put da figs in da
fig rolls ! Terry vegetables is makin' a shambles of things....
Bring back David O'Leary !!!
milkylin says: I saw him play for crystal palace what a great
keeper we miss him should be in leeds first team a waste of talent
what is terry thinking of
Chaddy says: Nigel is one of the best blokes you could ever
meet, I grew up with him in St.Austell and have had great pleasure
following his career. I scored loads of goals past him though
playing in the park!
Max Harlow says: Nigel Martyn's save at Villa Park (April 2002)
to stop the home side from grabbing a last-gasp equaliser has to be
the most wonderful bit of foresight I have ever seen in my life!
After making a damn good save (jumped up in the air and caught it
at the top right corner), he saw he was falling back into the
goalmouth, and in a split second threw the ball round the post for
a corner. Many lesser goalkeepers would not have had time to
realise this and conceded an embarrassing o.g., but not big Nige.
It's such a shame that his pointless trip to the World Cup has lost
him his place in the side and effectively ended an international
career that never really got started. But Robbo's doing so well, we
couldn't possibly change things (unless the Elland Road injury
curse strikes again). Still, it's good to know we have such a safe
pair of hands on the bench.
Janine (Blazey) says: I have been a fan of Nigel's for 13 years,
and have followed his career everywhere. I am a Palace fan, and I
think you Leeds guys are very lucky, he is a great keeper. He used
to be a good laugh down the Palace training ground, Vic B trained
him well! I'm not surprised so many girls fall for him, I adore him
too, his wife Amanda, is a lucky lady! Nige, you're wonderful, I
really hope you get first team football again soon, thank you for
the picture you sent me and thank you for coming back to the Palace
yesterday (16/2/03), it was great to see you again. Your loyalist
fan, Janine xxx
smithys no.1fan says: nige is a Dark-haired, Interesting,
Comical King. read the letters
Ben says: Nigel Martyn is a Bristol Rovers legend - i hope you
sell him soon though as we could do with a few quid for the sell on
Nosedive says: Leeds have never had a greater goalkeeper than
Big Nige. Paul Robinson's got a hell of a lot to live up to.
Karl Green says: i love leeds united and i have all my faith in
them staying in the premiership
vicky adams says: hello to my fellow cornish man i dont live in
st austall but i live near so if u ever come past drop me a line or
email me at alan_smith_lover _at_ hotmil.com
Richard Hattersley says: I think your a brill player and yeh i
surport leeds utd BUT you'd be better off going if we're keeping
Robinsonyou can keep your class at another club and you'll get in
the England team
Ross Wilson says: I have no personal memories to share.However,
having just read of his transfer to Everton I would like to find a
way to let him know many fans will miss him, and wish him the best
andy says: thanks nige 4 years of service 2 leeds all da best at
everton hope eriksson gives u da shot u have earned.
Adolf says: I am an Everton fan myself but I share the same
comment to most Leeds fans about Nigel Martyn - a brilliant
goalkeeper. Despite his age, he performs solidly and clearly solves
the team's goalkeeping's cock-up. Thanks Nigel Martyn !!
Karen Davies says: yes i saw him play he has the sexiest bum
ever seen i saw him in goal at elland road against nottingham
forest what can I say the first 45 minutes wow
craig says: why has he joined everton
,p>Super Ste says: Nige is the best Leeds keeper ever by a
country mile, he's everything you want in a goalkeeper, even now
and playing at a smaller club he's the best English keeper on the
planet - we should take him to Portugal and make up for all the
caps he's had stolen from him from far lesser men. Nige is NUMBER
Anon says: I met Nigel Martyn unaware of who he actually was
whilst serving him in a local pub in St Austell. Loads of people
where coming up asking him for autographs and photo's whilst he was
trying to purchase beer at the bar. I must say I thought he was a
really decent and polite guy and hope to bump into him again in the
April says: he has really cute butt.lol yeah...im Leeds fan and
as Leeds's gone to 1st division.i still love them of course but in
my country,v dont air match from 1st division and as a huge fan of
Martyn meself.im now supporting Everton as 2nd team. Leeds used to
some to my country once but Martyn didnt come.it's huge sad.Next
year,2005,they say that Everton will come to Thailand.i hope that
Martyn will joy the team this time and come coz im his fan for like
4years now. ^_^