Written by Callum Walker
A tremendous character, Nick Fozzard can best be described as a journeyman. He had seven different clubs, but began his career at Leeds Rhinos as a 17-year old with whom he played 46 games, scoring five tries over a period of five seasons from 1993 to 1997.
Fozzard, a natural prop forward standing tall at 6 ft 3, joined Huddersfield Giants in 1998. Scoring two tries in 32 appearances, the rangy prop forward was once more on the move after spending just a few seasons at the West Yorkshire club following its merger with Sheffield.
Warrington was the Englishman’s next destination, whom he joined in 2002; a regular in the Wolves team that year and in 2003 also, the imposing forward registered 54 appearances, scoring two tries. Not only did the Warrington club itself move from Wilderspool to its new home at the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the end of 2003, but Fozzard was also on the move, this time to St Helens where he enjoyed the best spell of his career.
In five seasons, Fozzard scored nine tries in 125 appearances, winning the 2004 Challenge Cup as well as the 2007 World Club Challenge. The Wakefield-born man also earned the individual accolade of a place in the 2007 Super League Dream Team and earned his solitary cap for Great Britain in 2005 whilst at Knowsley Road. His stay at Saints ended in 2008 as he once more packed his bags, this time to Humberside and Hull KR.
By this time Fozzard was 30, yet he still impressed his new club in the only season he had with them, playing 22 times in a Rovers shirt and scoring a solitary try. At the end of 2009, the forward was again on the move as he joined former club St Helens for one more bash at glory. However, now into his 30s, Fozzard was entering the twilight of his career and he managed just one season, scoring once in 19 games.
Lancashire was again substituted for West Yorkshire at the end of 2010 with Castleford Tigers being Fozzard’s sixth and final Super League club. Though clearly suffering with injury problems, the crowd favourite brought some much-needed energy and passion to a Castleford side hovering near the bottom of the table. Again, though, his stay at his new club lasted just a year before Fozzard dropped down a league to play for Championship side Dewsbury Rams.
It was going to be Fozzard’s last season of his career anyway, but he managed just two games before a severe shoulder injury ruled him out for the rest of the 2012 season. Aged 35, he had enjoyed an eventful Rugby League innings and went from the pitch to the boardroom, becoming Castleford Tigers’ commercial director for an ill-fated period.
As a 42-year-old, Fozzard is now a business development manager.