Not since 1958/59 had Exeter City been able to count a Spanish-born player on their books. This changed with the May 2011 signing of Guillem Bauzà Mayol on a free transfer from Northampton Town. Whereas his predecessor Antonio Cruz only played for the ‘A’ team and reserves, Guillem was to make 46 league appearances in his two-year stay with the club.
Guillem was a member of the Spanish team that played in the Under 16s European Championships. He also represented his country at Under 17 and Under 19 levels and appeared for Mallorca and Espanyol before signing for Roberto Martinez’s Swansea City in summer 2007. There, on 12 April 2008, Guillem scored twice against Gillingham to secure the Swans’ promotion to the Championship. By the time Guillem left the Liberty Stadium in May 2010 he had scored 9 goals in 49 matches. Then, after trials with Charlton Athletic and Sparta Rotterdam, Guillem signed for Hereford United in September 2010 prior to moving on to Northampton Town in March 2011.
It was after leaving Sixfields that Guillem arrived at Exeter and he was to make a goalscoring debut against Yeovil Town in the League Cup on 9 August 2011 followed by a goalscoring first league appearance against Brentford a week later. In a team that was to be relegated from League One, Guillem made a total of thirty league and cup appearances in his first season with the club.
Sustaining a series of injuries Guillem was to play fewer games in his second season and he was to be released in May 2013 after making 51 first-team appearances of which 46 came in the league (including 30 from the bench). It proved to be the end of Guillem’s Football League career as he moved on to Port Talbot Town and later Merthyr Town.
By this time, after football sometimes taking first priority, he had eventually completed a degree in medical genetics from Swansea gaining first-class honours in July 2015. Thereafter Guillem completed a PhD and, prior to COVID-19, had embarked on medical training with a particular interest in regenerative medicine. Changing tack, and moving back to Majorca, Guillem has since moved into clinical research specialising in periodontics, implant dentistry and tissue regeneration.
League 46; Cups 5 (51)