Christian Edwards

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Christian Edwards
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-23) 23 November 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Caerphilly, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Aberystwyth Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Swansea City 112 (4)
1998–2003 Nottingham Forest 54 (3)
1998–1999 Bristol City (loan) 3 (0)
2000 Oxford United (loan) 5 (1)
2001–2002 Crystal Palace (loan) 9 (0)
2002 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 12 (0)
2003 Oxford United (loan) 6 (0)
2003–2006 Bristol Rovers 99 (3)
2005 Swansea City (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Forest Green Rovers 9 (0)
2007–2011 Aberystwyth Town 89 (4)
National team
Wales U21 7 (0)
1996 Wales 1 (0)
Teams managed
2009 Aberystwyth Town (Caretaker)
2011- Aberystwyth Town (Director of Football)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 27 April 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christian Edwards (born 23 November 1975 in Caerphilly) is a Welsh professional footballer. He plays in the centre of defence and has also played on the right. He is currently the Director of Football at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and Aberystwyth Town.

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

He began his professional career at Swansea City after joining the club as a youth player (where he got his nickname 'Swanny'). He made 112 appearances for the Swans before he moved to Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

He cost Forest £275,000 when he arrived there in March 1998 but it was not long until he was on the move again this time on loan to Bristol City where he made 3 appearances. In 2000–2001 he went out on loan twice, first to Oxford United and then to Crystal Palace where he played 9 games for the Londoners.[1] A year later (2002) he went out on loan again this time to Tranmere Rovers where he played 12 games before joining Bristol Rovers. He made 54 appearances for Forest.

Bristol Rovers[edit]

His first season as a Rovers player saw him partnering captain Adam Barrett in the centre of the defence. In March, Edwards was placed on to the transfer list following a dip in form. It got worse for him when he fractured his arm on the last day of the 2004–05 season and took all summer to recover. In the summer of 2006 first team coach Paul Trollope announced that Edwards' contract would not be renewed, he was released soon afterwards.

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

In July 2006 Edwards announced he would retire from professional football at the age of 30 but later went back on his decision and signed for Forest Green Rovers.[2] Edwards played just nine times for Forest Green before his departure.

Aberystwyth Town[edit]

On 4 January 2007, it was announced that Edwards had joined Welsh Premier League club Aberystwyth Town.[3] In September 2009, Edwards took over as caretaker manager of the side following the resignation of Brian Coyne,[4] before moving into an assistant manager role with appointment of former Tranmere team mate Alan Morgan as the clubs new permanent manager.[5] In February 2011, Edwards left his role at Aberystwyth after four years with the club.[6]

International career[edit]

Edwards has one full Welsh cap which he gained as an 88th minute substitute for Chris Coleman during a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland on 24 April 1996.[7] He also has two 'B' caps and seven under-21 caps to his name.

Personal life[edit]

He has a degree from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff[8] where he studied for a degree in sports coaching and obtained a first class degree. He subsequently completed a Masters degree and commenced a PhD.[9]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 21 February 2010
Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Aberystwyth Town (caretaker) Wales 28 September 2009 4 November 2009 7 5 1 1 71.43
Total 7 5 1 1 71.43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edwards on the move". BBC Sport. 2001-11-15. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Forest Green nab defender Edwards". BBC Sport. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Aberystwyth sign defender Edwards". BBC Sport. 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Edwards handed temporary charge of Aber". welsh-premier.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Morgs the man for Aberystwyth". welsh-premier.com. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Assistant Edwards leaves Aberystwyth". welshpremier.com. 15 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wales - international results 1990-1999 - details". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Ex pro-footballer scores goal of a lifetime at UWIC". uwic.ac.uk. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Edwards returns in Aber role reversal". Welsh Premier League. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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