Terry Boyle

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Terry Boyle
Personal information
Full name Terence David John Boyle
Date of birth (1958-10-29) 29 October 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth Ammanford, Wales
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1975 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1977–1981 Crystal Palace 35 (1)
1981 Wimbledon (loan) 5 (1)
1981–1983 Bristol City .47 (0)
1983–1986 Newport County 166 (11)
1986–1989 Cardiff City 168 (7)
1989–1990 Swansea City 47 (1)
1990–1993 Merthyr Tydfil 145 (?)
1993–1995 Barry Town 68 (7)
1995 Ebbw Vale 8 (0)
1995–1996 Inter Cardiff 48 (2)
1996–1997 Carmarthen Town 34 (0)
?–? Cinderford Town ? (?)
2001 Bangor City 2 (0)
National team
1981 Wales U21 2 (0)
1981 Wales 2 (1)
Teams managed
2008– Wales Semi-Pro
2011 Neath
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Terence David John "Terry" Boyle (born 29 October 1958) is a Welsh retired footballer. During his career, he made over 500 appearances in the Football League and made two appearances for the Wales national team in 1981.[1] A centre-half, he was highly regarded by supporters for his strong tackling and uncompromising style.

He is the current manager of the Wales national semi-professional football team and also works as a youth coach at Aldershot Town.

Early life[edit]

Born in Ammanford,[1] Boyle attended Llanelli Boys' Grammar School and played for the school rugby team as a centre. He also represented Carmarthen in javelin.[2]

Club career[edit]

A former captain for Wales at schoolboy level,[2] Boyle began his career at Tottenham Hotspur, signing apprenticeship forms in April 1975 before turning professional soon after in September 1975, making his way through the youth system. Unable to oust established players such as Mike England and Keith Osgood from the side, he did not make a first team appearance at White Hart Lane and moved to Crystal Palace.[2] He spent four years with Palace, including a loan spell at Wimbledon before joining Bristol City in 1981 in exchange for Kevin Mabbutt.[3]

He went on to play for Newport County,[4] being named in the 1986 Third Division PFA Team of the Year, before joining Cardiff City in August 1986 for a tribunal set fee of £22,500.[3] The transfer proved controversial with Newport as they had expected a significantly larger fee for Boyle, who was the club captain at the time of the move.[5] He made over 168 appearances for the Bluebirds, including helping them win promotion to Division Three in the 1987–88 season and playing in the 1988 Welsh Cup final as Cardiff defeated Wrexham 2–0.[6] In 1989, his former Crystal Palace teammate Ian Evans brought him to Swansea City where he had recently been appointed manager. He played 47 times in the 1989–90 season before moving on to Merthyr Tydfil in the Conference League.[3] He later moved into the Welsh Premier League with Barry Town.

He ended his playing career with player-manager roles at Ebbw Vale, Inter Cardiff and Cinderford Town.

International career[edit]

Boyle made his debut for Wales on 24 February 1981, scoring during a 3–1 victory over Republic of Ireland at Tolka Park. He made one more appearance for Wales, three months later in May 1981, when he came on as a substitute in place of Joey Jones during a 2–0 victory over Scotland.[7]

International goals[edit]

Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 February 1981[7] Tolka Park, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 2–1 3–1 Friendly

Coaching career[edit]

Boyle currently works for the Football Association of Wales Trust,Pro Licence holder since 2007 and is manager of the Wales national semi-professional football team. He also previously worked as assistant manager to Tomi Morgan at Porthmadog. In June 2011, he was appointed manager of Neath following the departure of Andy Dyer,[8] but was sacked less than six months later in November 2011, along with his assistant Peter Nicholas, following a poor run of results.[9]

In 2012, he was appointed senior professional development coach at Aldershot Town.[10] Currently working as Senior Pro Dev Phase coach with U/23's at Hull City Tigers in Premier League


Cardiff City


  1. ^ a b "Terry Boyle". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Terry Boyle - fact file". Mehstg. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Past players A – D". Swansea City A.F.C. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Newport County A-Z of transfers
  5. ^ Curtis, Alan (2009). Curt: The Alan Curtis story. Mainsteam Publishing. ISBN 9781845966959. 
  6. ^ a b "Cardiff City 2–0 Wrexham". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Wales - International Results 1980-1989 - Details". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Terry Boyle takes over as Neath manager". BBC Sport. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Neath FC sack Terry Boyle and Peter Nicholas after poor results". WalesOnline. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Terry Boyle 2012/13". Aldershot Town F.C. Retrieved 2 July 2016.