David Nickles


Hobbyists Category

David Nickles

Bengals & Ducks

Personal History

  • Started playing electric football in 1965, at age 11 when he and a cousin spent countless hours playing.
  • He actually won his first board from his cousin after defeating him in a game of electric football.
  • He moved to Fort Payne, Alabama in 1973 where he joined the 8 member Fort Payne Electric Football League, playing weekly contests.
  • In 1978 he started the Oxford Electric Football Club which is one of the longest continuously running leagues devoted to Electric Football.
  • He started demonstrating the game at Birmingham Steel Dog home games outside the stadium.
  • In 1993, he and Steve Miles, Steve Graham, Gary Pate, and Don Lewis started the “Bama Blast Tournament” – they just held their 20th consecutive running tournament in 2012.
  • Participated in his first Miggle Football Convention and Super Bowl against fellow Hall of Famers, Mark & Bill Klingbeil only to see his Atlanta Falcons lose to the Houston Oilers.
  • In addition to electric football this coach enjoys coaching youth football programs and served as youth league commissioner for 4 years after many years as a successful coach and winning many championships

Career Highlights and Achievements

  • In 1996 he won his third consecutive championship in the Oxford Electric Football Club.
  • At the 2002 Miggle Convention, he and Steve Graham were named Players of the Year by Michael Landsman.
  • In 1994 he was selected as an outstanding Black Man in his community by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Alabama State Chapter.

Personal Life

  • He’s been married to Debra Nickles for 25 years. They have 4 children Jennifer, David Jr, Charles, and Victoria and 8 grandchildren Kiera, Malcolm, Makayla, Alivia, Kennedy, Ragan, Charles, and Gordon.
  • He’s enjoyed watching them grow into young adults and teaching them to be a positive influence on their local communities.

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