Player Profile – Josh Nodder

Stocksbridge Park Steels star Josh Nodder

Stocksbridge Park Steels star Josh Nodder is the subject of this week’s Player Profile.

Nodder has served several NPL and NCEL clubs and has built up a reputation for being hard-working and a player capable of the occasional spectacular goal.


Josh Nodder 



Current Club 

Stocksbridge Park Steels 

Previous Clubs

Frickley, Stamford, Spalding, Clipstone, Lincoln Moorlands, Maltby, Emley, Rotherham United 



Day Job

Team Leader & Lecturer of Health and Social Care at a local College. Also own a training provider delivering First Aid and Safety qualifications. 

Best mate in Football

Michael Trench, follows me everywhere but a top lad.

Team you Support

Rotherham United 

Football Idol

The obvious English ones but loved Joe Cole in his prime. Unbelievable 

Biggest Influence on footballing career

My brother Lee followed me absolutely everywhere for years rain or shine. 

Josh Nodder on the attack for Stocksbridge Park Steels during a victory at Kidsgrove. Picture: Gillian Handisides.
Josh Nodder in action for Stocksbridge. Picture: Peter Revitt.
Josh Nodder playing for Frickley
Josh Nodder during his very early Non League days with Emley
Nodder receiving a man of the match award after playing for Spalding in a win over Sheffield FC
Nodder during his Maltby days

Description of Career Highlight

Scoring the winner in the Mediterranean Cup semi final with the Rotherham Academy, involving teams like Ajax and Brazil youth squads. Massive underdogs. 

Lowest Moment in Football

Being released from Rotherham United

Description of Most Memorable Match

Winning an FA Cup qualifying round match with Maltby Main away at Northwhich Victoria. All my family from Liverpool were watching so was a proud moment.

Funniest Moment in Football

Missing a penalty at 18 in an FA Cup match for Lincoln Moorlands in the 90th minute. I was got battered by the fans but then ended up getting the winner in the 94th minute. I’ll let you imagine my celebration.

First semi-professional manager and club

Ian Banks – AFC Emley – taught me a lot as I’d just been released from Rotherham. 

Non League Debut

For Emley against Sheffield FC at 16/17 years of age, got elbowed in the face in the first five minute, welcome!

Description of First Red Card (at semi-professional level)

For Maltby away at Worksop, can be found on YouTube. It caused a riot, not a proud moment, don’t judge.

Description of First Goal (at semi-professional level)

Would have been a volley for Emley, Leeds Met away I think.

What do you want to achieve in football in the future

A promotion with Stocksbridge would be class. Play for for as long as possible at a good level before it’s taken away. This is what lockdown as made even more clear.

Favourite Non League Ground I’ve played at (barring your own club)

Always seem to score at Sheffield FC, great set up there. Ilkeston away last year was a memorable game, packed crowd, underdogs and we won 5-2, I think. Great little ground.

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