Gwion Edwards

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Gwion Edwards
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Gwion Edwards playing for Ipswich Town in 2018
Personal information
Full name Gwion Dafydd Rhys Edwards[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Lampeter, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2007 Aberystwyth Town
2007–2011 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Swansea City 0 (0)
2013–2014St Johnstone (loan) 19 (0)
2014Crawley Town (loan) 6 (2)
2014–2016 Crawley Town 79 (12)
2016–2018 Peterborough United 59 (11)
2018– Ipswich Town 19 (4)
National team
2011 Wales U19 2 (0)
2012–2014 Wales U21 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:19, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

Gwion Dafydd Rhys Edwards (born 1 March 1993) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ipswich Town.

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

After spells with clubs including Aberystwyth Town and Cardiff City, Edwards joined Swansea City Football Club as an U15. Rising up through the Swansea youth system, Edwards signed his first professional contract, a 3-year deal, with Swansea City after a successful 2010–11 season. He went on to help Swansea win the FAW Welsh Youth Cup[2] and was a permanent fixture in Swansea Reserve team, winning Reserve Team Player of the Year in 2011–12. .[3]

On 9 May 2012, Edwards signed a new three-year contract with Swansea, keeping him at the club until June 2015.[4]

St Johnstone (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Edwards moved to Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[5] He made his professional debut by coming off the bench in the 72nd minute in a 2–0 defeat to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.[6] Edwards made his SPL debut by coming off the bench in a 1–1 draw with Celtic on 19 February.[7]

Edwards made a return to St Johnstone in July 2013, joining on loan until January 2014. Edwards made his Europa League debut in St Johnstone's 1–0 victory away vs Rosenborg on 18 July 2013 coming on in the 66th minute.[8] In the third round of the second leg of the Europa League against Minsk, Edwards was among two players to be their penalty successfully converted, which Minsk won, eliminating St Johnstone from the competitions.[9] Edwards then scored his first professional goal in a 3–0 win for St Johnstone against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish League Cup.[10]

By the end of his second loan spell with St Johnstone, Edwards had made a total of 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring 1 goal.[11]

Crawley Town[edit]

On 27 March 2014, Edwards joined League One side Crawley Town on a one-month loan.[12] On 15 April 2014, Edwards enjoyed a goalscoring-debut for Crawley as a 76th-minute substitute in their 2–0 win against Tranmere Rovers.[13] In his second appearance, Edwards scored again for Crawley in their 2–1 victory against Leyton Orient.[14] After impressing Crawley manager John Gregory, Edwards' loan was extended to the end of the 2013–14 season.[15]

On 11 July 2014, Edwards signed for Crawley Town on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[16] Edwards' first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came in the opening game of the season, as Crawley Town beat Barnsley 1–0.[17]

Peterborough United[edit]

On 24 June 2016, Edwards joined League One side Peterborough United on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[18] He scored the winner on his debut in a 3–2 win over Rochdale on 6 August 2016.[19]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 17 July 2018, he signed a two-year deal (plus an option for a further year) with Ipswich Town, for a reported fee of £700,000.[20]

International career[edit]

Edwards has played in the Wales under-19 team twice against Scotland and Slovenia.[21] In September 2012, he made his Wales under-21 debut in a 5–0 defeat by the Czech Republic.[22]

In October 2014 he was called into the Wales senior squad for the Euro-2016 qualifying matches versus Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cyprus.[23] On 12 October 2018, Edwards was called up by Wales manager Ryan Giggs for the squad to face the Republic of Ireland in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League four days later.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 December 2018 [25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Johnstone (loan) 2012–13[26] Scottish Premier League 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2013–14[27] Scottish Premiership 13 0 0 0 1 1 3[a] 0 17 1
St Johnstone Total 19 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 24 1
Crawley Town (loan) 2013–14[27] League One 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Crawley Town 2014–15[28] League One 37 4 1 0 2 0 2[b] 1 42 5
2015–16[29] League Two 42 8 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 45 8
Crawley Town Total 79 12 2 0 3 0 3 1 87 13
Peterborough United 2016–17[30] League One 33 7 4 2 2 0 2[c] 0 41 9
2017–18[31] League One 8 2 0 0 1 1 1[c] 0 10 3
Peterborough United Total 41 9 4 2 3 1 3 0 51 12
Ipswich Town 2018-19 Championship 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 4
Ipswich Town Total 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 4
Career total 166 27 7 2 7 2 9 1 189 32
  1. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Quartet offered new deals". Swanseacity-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ "PLAYER PROFILE". swanseacity.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Gwion Edwards signs new three-year Swansea contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Gwion goes out on loan". swanseacity.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  6. ^ "St Mirren 2–0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  7. ^ "St Johnstone 1–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  8. ^ "GWION BACK FOR A SECOND STINT WITH SAINTS". Perth St.Johnstone. 1 July 2013. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  9. ^ "St Johnstone lose to Minsk on penalties". BBC Sport. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Hamilton 0–3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Edwards benefits from loan spell". Swanseacity.net. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Reds sign Premier League winger". Crawley Town FC. 27 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Crawley 2–0 Tranmere". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Crawley 2–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  15. ^ "John Gregory is keen to extend Gwion Edwards' loan". Crawley Observer. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Gwion is back!". Crawley Town F.C. 11 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Barnsley 0 – 1 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Gwion Edwards: Peterborough United sign Crawley Town midfielder". BBC Sport. 24 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Rochdale 2–3 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Town Confirm Edwards Signing". TWTD. 17 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Under-19 – Gwion Edwards". UEFA.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  22. ^ "Edwards's debut for under-21s". thisissouthwales.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  23. ^ Wales call up Edwards
  24. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (12 October 2018). "Ryan Giggs: Wales boss says his side will learn from harsh 'lesson'". BBC Sport Wales. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  25. ^ "G. Edwards". Soccerway.
  26. ^ "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Gwion Edwards in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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