Nigel French

Nigel Peter French was born in Swansea on 24 March 1968 and joined the Swans as a YTS trainee from Cefn Hengoed school in Bonymaen in 1984.

Playing in midfield, French was capped for Wales Under 15s whilst at school and made his Swansea City debut as a second year trainee, aged just 17 years and 5 months, coming on as a substitute for Colin Pascoe during the opening Canon League Division Three game of the 1985/86 season against Wigan Athletic at the Vetch Field on 17 August 1985.

Nigel French

Just three days later, he made his first senior start for the Swans in a Milk Cup First Round First leg game at Ninian Park against Cardiff City.

The Welsh Youth international had to wait until 26 October 1985 to make his first league start for the Swans, scoring his first Swans goal in the 5-1 hammering at Gillingham.

During his first season as a professional footballer, French struggled to make the starting line-up under new manager Terry Yorath, with ten of his twelve first team appearances coming from the bench, despite scoring the winning goal against Aldershot at the end of September 1986, coming on as a second half substitute for Sean McCarthy.

French was released by the club in May 1987, before joining Beazer Homes Midland Division Side Merthyr Tydfil in the July. After a couple of successful season at Merthyr, French moved to Haverfordwest in December 1989.

The Welsh Semi-Pro international later played for Aberystwyth Town, Haverfordwest County (again) and Briton Ferry Athletic.

Nigel French played under three managers during his time at Swansea City, John Bond, Tommy Hutchinson and Terry Yorath, making 36 appearances and scoring 5 goals during his Swans career.

The ‘Swansea Town/City Players A-Y’ book written by Colin Jones was an excellent reference guide for the information contained on this page. The information was reproduced with the kind permission of Colin.