Giles, Paul

Birth Date

21st February 1961





Biographical Text

Paul Giles played for Exeter City on loan from Cardiff City in 1982. He later played in the Netherlands and for Weymouth, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil before embarking on a lengthy playing and management career in South Wales semi-professional football.

A Wales Under-21 international, Paul commenced his career with Cardiff City gaining a full contract in June 1979 after working his way through the junior sides. He featured in 24 league matches for the Ninian Park club scoring one goal.

Paul signed for Exeter City on loan in March 1982 just two days after appearing for the Welsh Under-21 side against Holland. He made his Grecians’ debut in a 4-0 defeat at Reading and scored his only goal for the club in the next match against Chester. Playing nine times in total, he returned to Cardiff after the final game of the season against Lincoln City in May 1982.

Not retained by Cardiff City, he signed for Excelsior Rotterdam before moving on to SVV Dordrecht. Returning to South Wales in January 1984, Paul contacted Exeter City and had a short spell training with the club in the hope of earning a contract again prior to sigining for Weymouth and later playing for Newport County (one league appearance) and Merthyr Tydfil. Back at Newport for a second stint, Paul made a further 29 league appearances before moving on to Merthyr (again), Inter Cardiff (the first of several spells with the club in its various guises) , Barry Town (as player-manager), Ebbw Vale and Cwmbran Town. He later managed Rhoose and Dinas Powys.







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