The glamour model got her big break when she won The Sun's 'Page 3 Idol' in 2002, and decided to leave her chosen field of investment banking behind - she was working for Merill Lynch when she entered the competition.
NICOLA T GALLERY
Tappenden's first steps into Wagdom came when she dated Fulham hotshot Bobby Zamora, but the pair separated in 2007 - with Zamora accused of being unfaithful.
Nicola T had clearly got the taste for footballers, however, and is now engaged to Crewe Alexandra's Simon Walton.
She gave birth to a daughter, Poppy, in November 2008.