Nick Markwick was a goalkeeper at Spurs at a time when they were well off for keepers and never got an opportunity to break out of the reserves into the first XI.
Signing for Spurs as a schoolboy in 1972, having impressed at schoolboy level in the Broxbourne, Lea Valley and Herts County Boys teams, Markwick progressed through the youth system and was made an apprentice in 1974, having been on tour that summer to Holland with the youth squad. Nick given a professional contract in 1975, but, despite playing in the reserves during that season, in the summer of 1976 he moved on to Barking FC, where he went on to make over 200 appearances for the Essex club and win the Isthmian League title in 1978-79, when they also won the London FA Senior Cup.
After five years at Barking, Nicky moved around the Hertfordshire non-league scene to Bishops Stortford, Hoddesdon Town, Cheshunt and Ware, before he had to retire in 1988 with a foot injury.
In 1988, Nick retired from football and took up martial arts. In 1993 he was awarded his black belt in Shotokan Karate by Greg Wallace (Chief Instructor of British All Styles Karate Association, 8th Dan). The following year Nick started his own karate club, Hoddesdon Shotokan Karate Club.
Nick is currently a 6th Dan black belt, chief instructor and is still actively running a successful karate club in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.