Nigel Rees (footballer)

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Nigel Rees
Personal information
Full name Nigel Richard Rees
Date of birth (1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Bridgend, Wales
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Cardiff City 27 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nigel Richard Rees (born 11 July 1953 in Bridgend) is a Welsh former professional footballer.


A Welsh cap for Wales under 15 rugby and a youth soccer international, Rees began his career as a youth player at Cardiff City, where he was part of the team that reached the 1971 FA Youth Cup final before losing to Arsenal. He was handed his professional debut at the age of 17 in a 4-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1970 and played in the clubs win over Real Madrid, supplying the cross for Brian Clark's winning goal.[1][2] The following season Rees was unable to maintain his form as the club struggled in Division Two and he was eventually released.

After leaving Cardiff, Rees joined Bridgend Town where he spent several years but, despite returning to Ninian Park for a trial under manager Jimmy Andrews, he never returned to The Football League.


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ "The Scoular Years". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "When Cardiff City beat Real Madrid". South Wales Echo. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2013.