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Swindon Town v Bolton Wanderers: Played For Both - Nicky Summerbee

Only the greatest of players could possibly play for both Swindon and Bolton, of course

Ouch! Nicky Summerbee clocks one from psycho Ben Thatcher
Ouch! Nicky Summerbee clocks one from psycho Ben Thatcher
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Only the greatest of footballers could have pulled on the kits of both Swindon Town and Bolton Wanderers - which brings us to Nicky Summerbee.

The winger is up there with one of the hardest shots on record. Ever. In 1994, BBC Record Breakers recorded a Summerbee shot at 84 mph, which they believed to be the hardest ever. Unfortunately, the shot was not in a competitive fixture, which meant it was excluded from the official rankings. Had the shot been made in an official fixture it would have been ranked the eighth hardest in the history of English football.

Talking of hard hits - check out the savage elbow to face smash in the photo above, which was inflicted on Summerbee by Wimbledon nutcase / psycho Ben Thatcher.

The son of Manchester City player Mike Summerbee, Altrincham-born Nicky began his career at Swindon in 1989 and notched up 112 appearances for The Robins during five years at the County Ground.

His form for Swindon earned him a big £1.3 million move to that non-big club Manchester City - before they got all that oil money. He racked up 131 appearances at City, again scoring six goals. Four years at Sunderland followed, yielding seven goals in 94 appearances. During a period out injured at Sunderland, Summerbee enjoyed a highly public liaison with TV presenter Melanie Sykes - of Boddingtons fame - which lost him his place in the side after a night out with the model following a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Upon leaving Sunderland in 2001, Summerbee joined Bolton - but only amassed nine games for The Whites, scoring one goal against Crystal Palace. Spells in the lower leagues followed, including a game-less return to Man City and playing for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bradford City.

Summerbee racked up three appearances for England Under 21s and a single appearance for the England B side.

Upon retiring in 2006 he moved into the media, and has been heard offering his insight into the game for BBC Radio 5 Live and local punditry in Manchester. He did join Twitter: @Summerbee7, but hasn't tweeted in two years so it's probably not worth a follow.