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    May 7th, 2014
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    7 May - Nick Shiells' funeral has been rescheduled to Wednesday 7 May at 10am at Three Bells Church, 190 Le Van Sy Street. Phu Nhuan District. Dress code is formal (includes club polo shirts). A wake will follow in D2 from 5pm.

    10 May - The Swannies Remember and Celebrate Nicko. Details to be advised.

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The Sad Passing of Nicholas Shiells

Posted by Vietnam Swans on May 1, 2014


Dear Swans family,                                                                                    

Today I write with the saddest of news. Yesterday, we lost one of our own with the sudden passing of Nicholas Shiells. 

Nicko was a huge part of the Swans family and there are no words to describe this devastating loss. No doubt many of you were touched in your own way by Nick’s kindness and his passion for the footy club. As a man he was never one to do things by halves and the sight of him busting through a pack before a raking kick at goal became the signature move of ‘Big Balls’.


However, his true legacy comes from his off-field service and commitment to the club. Nick will forever be remembered as a man who spread the word of the Swans to whomever he came into contact with. His tireless work as both Saigon President and Committee member were a testament to the type of person he was – he even took a blow-up Swan to last week’s McMillan Dinner in Vung Tau after coaching the All Stars to an epic win earlier in the day. 

If you would like to send messages of condolences to Nick’s family please email and they will be passed on. A memorial service will be held for Nick in Ho Chi Minh City soon, and we will post an announcement about that once the details are confirmed. 

10 Responses to “The Sad Passing of Nicholas Shiells”

  1. michaelR said

    You were awesome my friend…. your were GREAT. you could achieve everything and anything your heart desired and proved it. Miss you so much bloke,thought i was gonna see you soon, now ill have to see you in heaven…n i know u’ll be saying ” Dont worry mikey…its ok here, theres plenty treats for everyone “

  2. Rooster said

    Shocked and saddened to hear of Nick’s passing. A truly great bloke and will be missed by all.

  3. said

    Nick, everyone says when somebody dies, how good that person was, and lets face it, sometimes they really weren’t. But Nick, you were my best mate for years and for a good reason, so many good traits. I fucken love you man! See you on the other side! Giles
    P.S. Does anybody have contact details for his family, haven’t spoke to them for a while.

  4. Tony Del Toro said

    Absolutely devastating to hear. You will be seriously missed mate. RIP.

  5. Kieran Sands said

    Hello guys. This is very sad news. Nick was doing so well with his business in Vientam. I was a good friend of Nick. Do you know what the cause of death was?

  6. Dan Kindness said

    Really horrible to hear. Nick is one of the nicest blokes you would ever hope to meet. RIP is Nick, you will be massively missed.

  7. Patrick Stringer said

    Nick’s family must be totally devastated and my heart goes out to them, as it does to his many and closest cobbers back in Viet Nam. I know you boys will be hurting bad. A Swannies legend…….forever now, taken too soon.

    Go Nicko, Go the Swannies!

    Honk your horn if you love Nicko!

  8. Glenn said

    Mate you will be sadly missed by us all,

  9. Dezza said

    Such devastating news. We will all miss you Nicko. RIP

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