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Eddie Niedzwiecki




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Like Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki is a former Wales international - although he earned his stripes as a goalkeeper with Wrexham and Chelsea.

His entire playing career was divided between those two clubs, making a combined 303 league appearances between the sticks for the two sides.

A Third Division title-winner whilst still in his teens, Niedzwiecki was on the Dragons’ books for a decade before retaining his Second Division status in leaving relegated Wrexham for Stamford Bridge in 1983.

Another league title was earned in west London; Eddie was an ever-present in winning the league with the Blues on goal difference to bring top-flight football to Stamford Bridge for the first time. He went on to make a total of 175 appearances for Chelsea.

Niedzwiecki was twice capped by Wales manager Mike England, but he saw his career sadly cut short by injury in 1988, aged 27.

After beginning his coaching career with Chelsea, Royals manager Ian Porterfield brought him to Elm Park. He took caretaker charge of the Royals for a short spell, before spending a large chunk of his coaching career as part of the Stamford Bridge set-up, working as reserve team and goalkeeper coach before leaving in 2000 following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as manager.

He moved across the capital to become reserve team coach at Arsenal, whilst also working part-time with the Wales national team for several years in their qualification campaigns for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, only missing out on qualifying for the 2004 tournament with a narrow Play-Off defeat against Russia.

At club level, Niedzwiecki went on to be part of the coaching framework alongside Bowen at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke City and Southampton. Now he rejoins the Royals ranks.