Former Seasiders keeper Tudor retires.

Nick Tudor
Nick Tudor

Goalkeeper Nick Tudor is hanging up his gloves.

He has decided to call it a day after keeping a clean sheet for Hull United in their East Yorkshire derby against Hall Road Rangers last Tuesday.

Tudor, who is also well-known for his music and is the frontman for the band Page 45, said his body was struggling with the demands of NCEL Division One football.

“The training is very high tempo, physically quick and very demanding.

“It’s taken its toll on my body over recent weeks and although my head and heart say I can still do it, my body has made the decision for me to retire. It was very hard, I’ve played in goal since I was seven years old .

“Apart from my children, family and loved ones, along with writing and playing music, they are massive parts of my life. Take one away and it leaves a big gap.”

He started in the senior game in 1988 at Bridlington Rovers under Pete Gregory, who Tudor describes as ‘a massive influence early on in my playing days’.

He also had a spell with Hilderthorpe AFC before stepping up to Bridlington Town in 1998, after they had just joined the NCEL. From there, his travels took him to Hunmanby United in the Scarborough League before reuniting with manager Chris Mitchell at Coachman.

He can also count Hall Road, Reckitts and Beverley Town among his clubs, before a return to Bridlington Town Reserves.

“That was the lowest point of my career and I couldn’t go out on that low an ebb, I’d worked too hard to retire on that season from hell.

“One night in August this year, I got a text from Brigg Town to cover in the NCEL Premier, which I jumped at. My body was giving me messages though and I pulled my hamstring badly in that game.

“I got myself reasonably fit and went to see Curtis Woodhouse and Ian Ashbee at Hull United, they wanted me in the first team squad which I was blown away by.”