Eddie Niedzwiecki
WAL Welsh
Personal Details Last updated 03 Aug 2018
Role
Assistant First Team Coach
Joined Saints
March 2018
Eddie Niedzwiecki

Eddie Niedzwiecki Biography

Last updated 03 Aug 2018

Former clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke City

Another Wales international, Eddie Niedzwiecki was a goalkeeper forced to retire early through injury.

His entire playing career was divided between two clubs, Wrexham and Chelsea, making more than 100 league appearances for both sides.

A Third Division title winner while still in his teens, Niedzwiecki was on the Dragons’ books for a decade, departing for Stamford Bridge as a 24-year-old in 1983.

In doing so, he moved back up to the Second Division following Wrexham’s relegation the previous year, and another league title beckoned in west London.

In winning the league on goal difference, Niedzwiecki had the chance to play top-flight football for the first time.

He made a total of 175 appearances for Chelsea, where he is still fondly remembered for a sublime individual performance in a 1985 League Cup victory at near neighbours Fulham, in which he made several breathtaking saves – including a penalty stop – in a 1-0 win.

He was twice capped by Wales manager Mike England during his Blues career, but saw his career sadly cut short in 1988, aged 28.

It was at Chelsea that Niedzwiecki cut his cloth in coaching, working as reserve team and goalkeeper coach, before leaving in 2000 following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as manager.

He then moved across the capital to become reserve team coach at Arsenal, while working part-time with Wales under Mark Hughes, who had played alongside Niedzwiecki on the international stage.

At club level, the pair have worked together in all of Hughes’s management positions – Blackburn, Man City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

Niedzwiecki has taken caretaker charge of two Premier League games in his career, ironically both against Manchester United.

In 2012, he oversaw a 3-1 defeat for QPR alongside Mark Bowen, before leading Stoke at Old Trafford following Hughes’s departure in January.

At 58 years of age, Niedzwiecki is four years senior to Hughes and Bowen, and a trusted ally of the Saints boss, moving to the club with him in March 2018, before signing a long-term deal in May 2018.