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Rod Thomas

Rod Thomas born 11 January 1947 is a Welsh former professional footballer who represented Wales at International level

During his career Thomas played for Gloucester City, Swindon Town, Derby County, Cardiff City, Gloucester for a second spell and Newport County

Swindon Town manager Bert Head brought Thomas to the County Ground from non-league Gloucester City in July 1964 - paying £500 for his services Still a youth player, it was almost two years before he made his debut, in a drab 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe, at the end of the 1965-66 season

The following season saw Thomas establish himself as the club's first choice right back, and he also achieved his first international honours, being selected for the Welsh under-23 squad Widely recognised as one of the best defenders outside of the First Division, Thomas made his full international debut in a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in 1967 - he remains the clubs most capped international footballer

Despite interest from bigger clubs, Thomas went on to make nearly 300 appearances for Swindon, including the 1969 League Cup final By the time he left in 1973, he had made the most international appearances ever by a Swindon player, having played in thirty matches for Wales He moved on to Derby County, when former Town manager Dave Mackay offered £100,000 for Thomas' signature At Derby he was part of the team that won the First Division in 1975

Thomas left Derby in 1977, joining Cardiff City for £10,000, making his debut in a 2-0 win over Stoke City His four years at Cardiff were hampered by injuries and, in 1981, he returned to Gloucester City

He made another twenty appearances for his country, and had brief spells at Newport County, Bath City and Barry Town, before his retirement in 1982

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town 1965–66 2 0 0 0 2 0
1966–67 35 0 10 0 45 0
1967–68 41 0 5 0 46 0
1968–69 44 0 15 0 59 0
1969–70 41 1 13 0 54 1
1970–71 42 1 9 0 51 1
1971–72 36 1 2 0 38 1
1972–73 41 2 3 0 44 2
1973–74 14 0 2 0 16 0
Total 296 5 59 0 355 5


  1. ^ "We are the Champions: 1974-75 – Derby County" gameofthepeoplecom 9 March 2015 Retrieved 18 May 2016 
  2. ^ "Past Players" Bath City FC Retrieved 5 April 2018 
  3. ^ Rod Thomas at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Hayes, Dean 2006 The Who's Who of Cardiff City Breedon Books ISBN 1-85983-462-0 

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