David Giles (footballer)

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David Giles
Personal information
Full name David Charles Giles
Date of birth (1956-09-21) 21 September 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1978 Cardiff City 59 (3)
1978–1980 Wrexham 38 (3)
1980–1982 Swansea City 54 (13)
1981–1982 Leyton Orient (loan) 03 (2)
1982–1984 Crystal Palace 88 (6)
1984–1985 Birmingham City 00 (0)
1985 Newport County 32 (1)
1985–1987 Cardiff City 50 (0)
1987–1988? Barry Town 30 (4)
National team
1980–1983 Wales 12 (2)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Ebbw Vale
1999 Inter Cardiff (joint)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Charles Giles (born 21 September 1956 in Cardiff) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international. During his career he attained 12 caps for Wales, scoring on two occasions.[1]


Giles was a Welsh schoolboy international when he signed for Cardiff City. He made his debut for the Bluebirds in a 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest in February 1975. Unable to hold down a permanent first team spot he left the club in December 1978 for £20,000 and joined Wrexham where he spent two years before again moving on, this time for £40,000 to Swansea City. He continued to move around in the next few seasons, playing for Leyton Orient on loan before moving to Crystal Palace and then Birmingham City.[1]

After a spell at Newport County he returned to the club where he started his career, Cardiff City. Giles then played for Stroud.[1]

He later joined Barry Town on a part-time basis eventually retiring there.

In 1994 he became manager of League of Wales side Ebbw Vale. He later had a short spell in charge of Inter Cardiff, jointly with his brother Paul.[2]

After football[edit]

Giles was a regular analyst for ITV Wales on the late night football magazine show Wales Soccer Night until its axing in December 2005.

He also works as a journalist and previously wrote a regular sports column in the South Wales Echo covering Cardiff City and the Wales team.


  1. ^ a b c Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ "Well-known ex-managers". Welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.