A lot of Newcastle’s strong start to the 2017-18 season has been their solid back four, namely their central defence pairing of Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Nigel Boogaard. The Jets have conceded five goals which is the third fewest in the league which is great after conceding an equal high 53 last season. The latter, club captain Boogaard is set to make his 200th A-League appearance this week against his former side Adelaide United. So to celebrate this let’s look back on his career so far.
Boogaard made his debut in the 2005-06 season for the Central Coast Mariners as 19-year-old. He went on to make 55 appearances for the club including starting at right back in the 2008 Grand Final against current club Newcastle.
But it was his move to Adelaide United in 2010 that saw his A-League career take off. He fell short of making 100 appearances in the league. During his five-year stint at the club he played in the Asian Champions League, won the inaugural FFA Cup final, and started for the A-League All Stars match against Manchester United in 2013.
Boogaard was born in Newcastle, his father Michael played for KB United and Adamstown Rosebuds in the defunct National Soccer League, and Nigel played for Newcastle in the final seasons of the league. So it was only right in 2015 he signed for the club.
He was immediately made captain and has made 46 appearances for the club.
- Most red cards received in A-League history (9)
- Fifth most booked player in A-League history (56)
- Second most own goals scored (5)
- 52 clean sheets kept
- His six A-League goals have come in three seasons, scoring two in 2009-10, 2014-15, and 2016-17
- Half of his goals have come against his current club
- Boogaard has loss 78 matches, won 71, and drawn 50
- The Novocastrian will soon become the 2nd player in A-League history to play 50 or more appearances for three clubs
- He will also become the 23rd A-League player to make 200 appearances
- Boogaard became Newcastle’s 10th captain when he debuted in the 2015-16 season