Rod Thomas

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Rod Thomas
Personal information
Full name Roderick John Thomas
Date of birth (1947-01-11) 11 January 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Glynncorwg, Neath, Wales
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Gloucester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Gloucester City 10 (3)
1964–1973 Swindon Town 296 (5)
1973–1977 Derby County 89 (2)
1977–1981 Cardiff City 96 (0)
1981–1982 Gloucester City ? (?)
1982 Newport County 3 (0)
1982 Bath City 2 (0)
1982–1983 Barry Town ? (?)
National team
1967–1977 Wales 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rod Thomas (born 11 January 1947) is a Welsh former professional footballer who represented Wales at International level.

During his career Thomas played for Gloucester City, Swindon Town, Derby County, Cardiff City, Gloucester for a second spell and Newport County.

Swindon Town manager Bert Head brought Thomas to the County Ground from non-league Gloucester City in July 1964 - paying £500 for his services. Still a youth player, it was almost two years before he made his debut, in a drab 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe, at the end of the 1965-66 season.

The following season saw Thomas establish himself as the club's first choice right back, and he also achieved his first international honours, being selected for the Welsh under-23 squad. Widely recognised as one of the best defenders outside of the First Division, Thomas made his full international debut in a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in 1967 - he remains the clubs most capped international footballer.

Despite interest from bigger clubs, Thomas went on to make nearly 300 appearances for Swindon, including the 1969 League Cup final. By the time he left in 1973, he had made the most international appearances ever by a Swindon player, having played in thirty matches for Wales. He moved on to Derby County, when former Town manager Dave Mackay offered £100,000 for Thomas' signature. At Derby, Thomas won a first division winners medal.

Thomas left Derby in 1977, joining Cardiff City for £10,000, making his debut in a 2-0 win over Stoke City. His four years at Cardiff were hampered by injuries and, in 1981, he returned to Gloucester City.

He made another twenty appearances for his country, before his retirement in 1982.

Swindon Town Career[edit]

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
1973-74 Swindon Town 14 0 2 0
1972-73 Swindon Town 41 2 3 0
1971-72 Swindon Town 36 1 2 0
1970-71 Swindon Town 42 1 9 0
1969-70 Swindon Town 41 1 13 0
1968-69 Swindon Town 44 0 15 0
1967-68 Swindon Town 41 0 5 0
1966-67 Swindon Town 35 0 10 0
1965-66 Swindon Town 2 0 0 0


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