Nichola “Nikki” Peggs (Nina Muschallik) 2001-2004
First Regular Appearance:
5.1 (#229) Passports Out
Last Regular Appearance: 8.3
(#327) Last Exit to Harchester
Duration: EP: 220, 229 - 327 ½ SE: 4.18, 5.1 – 8.3
Position: Team Co-Ordinator / Receptionist (2001-2004) / Football Agent (2003-2004)
Last Seen: Saying goodbye to Jeff outside the club, heading abroad to begin her career as an agent solo.
Like Kelly James
before her, Nikki put her ambitions on hold as she worked from the bottom
ladder of Harchester United. First behind the counter at the Health Club, Nikki
received her first promotion aged 22 to Harchester's team co-ordinator. Her parents
had recently sold up and moved to
Nikki is in awe
of co-worker Claudia Irving, with her feisty attitude and on the road to big
things. Claudia is soon living at the Peggs’ family home, and though she causes
Nikki to temporarily lose jobs a couple of times, club captain Stevie Shaw is
on hand to help Nikki back on track. Stevie is Nikki’s knight in shining
armour, and she views him as the perfect big brother for Peggsy. Young and
naïve in this world of the exciting professional footballer,
After rescuing Claudia from being gassed by deranged Dawn, Nikki believes Stevie has cheated with her, and isolates herself from them both. Linton Alexander then gets with Nikki purposely to rile Stevie, and Stevie is worried knowing about Linton’s abusive past. Nikki witnesses this when Linton blames her when his young daughter wanders off, and Nikki realises she really does belong with Stevie. It is not to be though, as Stevie perishes with Claudia when the team coach crashes on route to the UEFA Cup Final.
Grieving at the beginning of the new season, Nikki develops an attachment to Linton's brother Curtis, but fears he will treat her in the same way his brother did. Nikki does however fall for lottery-winning club owner Phil Wallis, and even attempts a magic spell to make him return her feelings. A disastrous first date involves Phil standing naked in front of her on the pitch, and eventually, after giving the club away in a raffle, Nikki and Phil go their separate ways.
By late 2003, Nikki is feeling more downtrodden than ever, especially when boss-from hell Pilar Hernandez demotes her to receptionist. Nikki realises her potential with the guidance of mentor Jeff Stein, and sets about following her passion to becoming a football agent. Nikki and Jeff go into business together, with he a consultant with his knowledge of the profession, and she the hot-shot agent. Jeff brings them their first client – a teenage tearaway called Lee Presley. Lee has the hots for Nikki, but she can’t see him as anything more than a seventeen-year-old troublemaker. Lee brings a fair share of drama for Nikki and Jeff to contend; dodgy agent Joel Brooks sniffing around looking to snatch Lee away, plus thug John Wilson whom Tina Presley has ‘sold’ her son to. And when she fails her agent exams, Nikki goes as far as marrying Jeff in order to become Lee’s guardian and to represent him professionally.
are relegated to the Championship, Nikki and Jeff look for a way to keep Lee at
his professional pace, and are excited when Manchester United send an agent for
talks. Don Barker is determined to keep Lee however, and encourages him to
travel with the team to
Nikki, probably believing her relationship with
Lee would not last long-term, says goodbye to Jeff and leaves for