Jon Nurse signed for Boro’ in summer 2004 with Craig McAllister; the pair racking up nearly 60 goals between them during the 2003-4 Ryman Premier League season. While it took time for him to break into the first team here at Broadhall Way, it soon clicked. Only three other players would start more games than Nurse during the 2005-6 campaign. It helped that he could play up front and out on the wing, proving his versatility.
With his electric pace and opportunistic streak, Nurse tormented many defences. After becoming a key player in Boro’ colours (and a firm fans’ favourite to boot), his time with us came to an end in 2007; his combined total of starts and sub appearances going past the 100 mark. Upon leaving us, Nurse made a well-deserved step-up to Football League football with Dagenham and Redbridge in 2007.
Jon Nurse: After Boro’
Nurse spent five good years with the Daggers, competing in League One and League Two during his time at the club. But his time in East London came to an end in 2012; telling the Stevenage FC History website that he didn’t get a new deal because the Daggers’ couldn’t afford it with the state of the wage bill as it was. So, in July 2012, he moved north (well, in the context of London) to Barnet. But it wasn’t the happiest of stays.
After his first season, Barnet were relegated to the Conference and Nurse was put on the transfer list. He stuck it out with the Bees for three years in the end, but found himself on the fringes of the first team squad. That said, he did take up some coaching duties; a role not lost on the club when they were promoted back to the Football League in 2015. After the 2014-5 campaign, he left to concentrate on coaching.