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Paul Bodin

Paul Bodin
Personal information
Full name Paul John Bodin
Date of birth (1964-09-13) 13 September 1964
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Chelsea 0 (0)
1982 Newport County ? (?)
1982–1985 Cardiff City 75 (4)
1985 Merthyr Tydfil 39 (8)
1985–1988 Bath City 106 (30)
1988 Newport County 6 (1)
1988–1991 Swindon Town 93 (9)
1991–1992 Crystal Palace 9 (0)
1991 Newcastle United (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1996 Swindon Town 146 (28)
1996–1998 Reading 40 (1)
1997 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
1998–2001 Bath City 81 (8)
National team
1983 Wales U21 1 (0)
1990–1994 Wales 23 (3)
Teams managed
1998–2001 Bath City
2008-2013 Swindon Town (youth team coach)
2011 Swindon Town(caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul John Bodin (born 13 September 1964) is a former Wales international footballer. A left-back, Bodin's domestic career is best remembered for his two spells at Swindon Town.


Bodin began his career with Chelsea as a schoolboy, but then moved onto a brief spell with Newport County after being released. He instead joined his home town club Cardiff City and was handed his professional debut on the opening day of the 1982–83 season against Wrexham. He helped the side to promotion to Division Two in his first year, finishing as runners-up to Portsmouth. In total, he spent three seasons at Ninian Park before being released and the Welshman fell into non-league with Bath City, before returning to the Football League with Newport.[1]

Bodin left Newport for Swindon Town in March 1988 for a fee of £30,000 as cover for Phil King - and his first few appearances for the club were terrible - leading Town fanzine Bring the Noise to describe him as being "no better than an average Conference player".

When King left for Sheffield Wednesday in November the following year, Bodin became the club's first choice left back, and his performances began to improve - so much so that he became a regular choice for his country. He was almost ever-present in 1989/1990, a season which resulted in his first appearance for Swindon at Wembley, in the ill-fated Play-Off Final win over Sunderland.

After the illegal payments scandal, Swindon were forced to sell players, and shortly after Ossie Ardiles left the club, Bodin also left - Crystal Palace paying over £½ million for his services. Bodin failed to settle in London, and after Ardiles took him to Newcastle United for a short loan spell, he returned to the County Ground just ten months after he had left - Glenn Hoddle paying half the fee that Palace had.

Hoddle played Bodin as a more attack-minded wing back, making better use of Bodin's crossing ability. He also installed Bodin as the club's penalty taker - moves which were to come to fruition the following season, when he scored a total of twelve goals from his new position. Five of these goals came from the penalty spot - the last of which was possibly the most pressurised kick ever to be taken by a Swindon player - the penalty which gave Swindon the lead in the dying minutes of the 1993 Play-Off Final win over Leicester City at Wembley.

Bodin performed well again in the Premiership, scoring seven league goals, including penalty strikes against Manchester United and Arsenal. By now, he was a regular choice at international level - missing a crucial penalty for Wales in their World Cup qualifier with Romania - had he scored, Wales may well have qualified.

He remained as the Town's first choice left back for two more seasons, despite two successive relegations and the arrival of Jason Drysdale - and he helped the club to the Second Division championship in 1996, before leaving the club at the end of that season.[2]

After a spell with Reading in which he scored once against former club Crystal Palace,[3] he returned to Bath City to take up a position as player-manager. In 2001 his position was dropped to a part-time role due to financial troubles at the club and he subsequently resigned.

Bodin was appointed coach to Swindon Town's youth team set-up in January 2008.[4]

In April 2011 he took over as caretaker manager of Swindon Town following the departure of Paul Hart.[5]

Following the arrival of Paulo Di Canio, Bodin rebuffed advances from Torquay to become assistant manager under good friend Martin Ling, and opted to sign a new long term deal with the club following the revelations he had been working without a contract for three and a half years.[6]

Wales career

For four years Bodin was a regular fixture for the Welsh national football team under the management of Terry Yorath and Mike Smith, attaining 23 caps. He was noted for missing a penalty when the score was 1-1 in Wales' final and decisive 1994 World Cup qualifier at home to Romania, a game Wales needed to win in order to qualify but they subsequently lost 2-1.[7]


  1. ^ "Newport County: 1946/47 - 1987/88". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paul Bodin". Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Shipperley strengthens Palace's play-off push". The Independent. 24 April 1997. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bodin sold on a fresh outlook". 
  5. ^ "Swindon bring in Paul Bodin as manager for Paul Hart". BBC Sport. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Morshead, Sam (18 June 2011). "SWINDON TOWN: Bodin poised to sign new long-term deal". Swindon Advertiser. 
  7. ^ Bevan, Chris (17 November 2013). "Paul Bodin on when Wales were a spot-kick away from the World Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books.  

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