Giles brothers proud to have lived their boyhood dream of playing for Cardiff City

The siblings grew up behind Ninian Park’s Grange End…

Cardiff City Stadium. (Image: Callum Ellis)

By Richard Early

DAVID and Paul Giles always dreamt of playing for their local football club Cardiff City and both achieved it by representing the Bluebirds at different times.

Raised beside City’s old stadium Ninian Park, the brothers aimed to play for their local professional football club one day.

“Growing up as two little rough skinheads in Grangetown, David and I dreamt behind the old Cardiff City Grange End of playing league football for that club,” said Paul. “We did it on separate occasions, but it’s something that we’re very proud of.”

Now 63-year-old David, who is the older sibling, was first to live the dream and made his City debut in February 1975 by appearing in a 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest as an 18-year-old.

Paul is around four years younger yet debuted for Cardiff City in November 1980 away to Blackburn Rovers, which the then 19-year-old’s side won 3-2 following a hard-fought contest.

David signed for the Bluebirds at a young age and the former midfielder spoke of his rise through the club’s ranks, saying: “I managed to be asked as a ten-year-old to join the club in the amateur set-up there and went right the way through, signing as an apprentice at 15 years of age.

“I made my debut at 18 for the first team and played against Nottingham Forest away, which was thoroughly enjoyable.

“That was my big ambition to play for the club at the highest level I could and I did, having many memorable games.”

Joining his older brother in Cardiff City’s youth ranks, Paul was even younger when he joined and added: “I started at Cardiff City when I was seven, but there was no academy, it was called amateur training on Tuesday and Thursday, with David already being there.

“My best memory was that first team debut when I was 19 against Blackburn Rovers away and I’ll never forget it; they were unbeaten at home all season and we went there, beating them 3-2.

“Then we actually went seven games unbeaten and to do that for Cardiff City at the time in the Second Division was a big achievement because there were some big clubs in it.

“I am very, very proud of my achievements at Cardiff.”

David concluded by sharing one of his great beliefs, expressing: “I’m a big believer in that you should support your local team and I’m a Cardiff boy, so like many other Cardiff kids, I’ve always supported Cardiff City and will always continue to do that.”