James Edward Nicholls had shown promise as a tall junior before making his league debut against Glenelg in round 5, 1945. He was named as a ruck-shepherd changing in the back pocket.
Jim Nicholls played all of his 15 games in his only season at the club. Primarily a ruckman, he rested either in the back or forward pockets.
Nicholls' final league appearance was in Norwood's 1945 preliminary final loss to West Torrens when he kicked three goals.
In mid-October he was in the Norwood touring party that travelled to Broken Hill to play a representative team from the local league. Played on the Jubilee Oval, Norwood defeated Broken Hill : 10.11 to 8.9.
In 1940 he enlisted to serve his country in World War II
It was reported in August 1946 that Nicholls was helping to put Australian football on the map in Japan as a member of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. He played with the No. 82 Squadron RAAF, which was on top of the 6 team competition.
R Cialini May 2019, P Robins May 2021