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“ RIP Phil Dwyer A Real Ninian Park Legend “

Postby City1983 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:33 pm

Just heard Phil has Passed away. A giant of a player.


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Cardiff City legend Phil Dwyer has died at the age of 68.

The Cardiff-born defender was a product of the Bluebirds' youth academy and went on to become the first team's record appearance maker having played for the club between 1972 and 1985.

The iconic defender - who also won 10 Wales caps - ended his playing career with a brief stint at Rochdale where he made 15 appearances.

A club statement read: "Cardiff City Football Club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the club’s record appearance holder, Phil Dwyer, at the age of 68.

"Born in Grangetown, just a short distance from Ninian Park, Phil joined the club at the age of 16, having represented Wales at U15 level in the Victory Shield.

"Affectionately known as ‘Joe’ by friends, teammates and supporters, the central defender was offered his first professional deal on his 18th birthday by manager Jimmy Scoular, before making his First Team debut against Leyton Orient in October 1972.

"Phil soon became a regular in the City starting eleven, collecting three Welsh Cup winners’ medals during his time at Ninian Park. In the 1975/76 season, he was an integral part of Jimmy Andrews’ team which completed a rare ‘double’, winning promotion from the Third Division and lifting the Welsh Cup.

"In total, Phil spent 14 seasons as Cardiff City player, winning promotion to the second tier once again in the 1982/83 campaign. The previous year, 10,000 spectators had cheered him on at his testimonial match, which took place against Stoke City at Ninian Park.

"By the time Phil departed in 1985, he had made 575 appearances for the club, a record in the Football League era. A lifelong Bluebird, Phil was a frequent visitor to both Ninian Park and Cardiff City Stadium, and his presence at our home matches will be sorely missed.

"Our thoughts go out to Phil’s friends and family at this extremely sad time. On their behalf, we ask that their privacy is respected.

"Rest in peace, Phil – a true Cardiff City great."
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Chris Holmes » Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:41 pm

Noooo, so sorry to hear that. A giant and legend for the Bluebirds. Would play anywhere and gave his all for City
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Bonner » Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:51 pm

just been told, very sad
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby bluebirdoct1962 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:00 pm

That’s so sad. He was a top player in the first CCFC side that I supported in 1976.
A giant of a man on the field. Never met him but he seemed a too bloke who definitely had blue blood running through his veins.
RIP big man.
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Nuclearblue » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:05 pm

He was my hero growing up. My all time favourite player. A legend of a player and Mr Cardiff City. Met him a few times and he was a gentleman.
Remember him at the Ninian Pub where they had a vote who was our best defender and they declared the winner and Joe turned round to me and said who the f**k is Jason Perry ? I was crying laughing, what a player what a man :bluebird: :bluebird:
Gutted right now RIP
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Gazza_1927 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:13 pm

R.I.P Joey gave his all every time he played a true legend of our club.
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Postby worcester_ccfc » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:15 pm

Very sad news.

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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby countybounty » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:18 pm

Gutted great player for Cardiff RIP Phil
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Isawgarystevensscoreagoal » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:26 pm

That is very sad indeed. Word legend overused these days but applies
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Danny Says » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:29 pm

Genuine City legend
I hope it’s a minutes silence on Saturday not applause; it’s more poignant.
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby NIBluebird » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:32 pm

So sad , I grew up with him
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Sven » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:34 pm

Noooooo!! :cry:

This is so sad. Phil 'Joe' Dwyer was my boyhood City hero and I was lucky enough to meet him on many occasions

A genuine guy, who is a proper 'City Legend' having spent his whole career at Ninian Park (save 15 games on loan to Rochdale at the end of his career); declining a move to Stoke City (then under a certain Alan Durban) at one point

A Welsh international, he was a class player at both full back and centre half, as well as being no mean striker when in the opposition box

RIP, 'Joe' Dwyer; you will be missed but you will always be remembered :cry: :notworthy:
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby skiprat » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:43 pm

Gave everything for the shirt RIP Phil .
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby piledriver64 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:44 pm

Gutted, he was a massive hero of mine as a kid.

Lucky enough to have a few drinks with him in the old Mid Glam Club on Westgate Street a good few years ago and he was just a genuine guy with no side to him.

He really would have run through a brick wall for us.

A sad, sad day for the club.
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Sneggyblubird » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:52 pm

RIP Joe

Blimey too soon. :bluebird:
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby GrangeEndStar » Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:55 pm

This is sad news indeed. I grew up on the Bob Bank watching Joe and for me is he a proper City legend, the real deal. I called him years back as I wanted to get a signed copy of his book, we met and had a good chat at the CCS where he'd brought it in for me.

A talented footballer who gave his all for the shirt and a gent. The club must do something permanent to honour him, as he was the essence of what Cardiff City is all about - fighting for the shirt. And we loved him for it.

Rest In Peace Joe and thanks for the memories. :bluebird:
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Bluesince72 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:12 pm

A very sad day for our great club, such amazing memories watching Phil from the bob bank.
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby bluesince62 » Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:48 pm

Way too early, loved his passion for the club, a great player and a true LEGEND! RIP BLUEBIRD, FLY HIGH!
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby rumpo kid » Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:12 am

Joe the Animal we always called him.. can still see that header v England at the Canton in 78/79.. yeah, get in there Joe.. RIP
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby theclaw » Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:00 am

RIP Phil - Legend
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby CantonStandBob » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:42 am

Very sad, I know Joey well as I grew up in Wenvoe and his wife was one of the "aunties" at my playgroup. Drank most weekends at the Wenvoe Arms with him and one day as a gift after my brother passed away suddenly I had hospitality tickets to see a City game where you have a City legend sit on your table with you and no prizes for guessing who we ended up with, the same Joey we would see down the pub anyways. I was lucky enough to know him, play football with him and hear many a funny story of his time as a player, police officer and more. Gutted this morning to see this. RIP Joey.
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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby Forever Blue » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:43 am

RIP A REAL CARDIFF CITY LEGEND 650 APPEARANCES FOR THE BLUEBIRDS / A NINIAN PARK LEGEND :bluebird: :bluebird: :ayatollah:


I knew Joe ( Phil) from the age of 12 when I was going to away games and he lived in Wenvoe.
When I would travel to night games away he would come out before kick off and would hand me a handful of complementaries.

Over the years I got to know him more and more and when I say he played his heart and soul for Cardiff City I can guarantee you he did

Over 600 appearances ( a record) for the Bluebirds and Phil Dwyer was a Real Legend for Cardiff City , to many are called it, but he was one and holds the record appearances for the Bluebirds :bluebird:

Joe swallowed his tongue and nearly died on the pitch away at Gillingham, playing for the Bluebirds, but thankfully he survived, what a battler :bluebird: :bluebird:


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Re: RIP Phil Dwyer

Postby cardiff 74 » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:44 am

Very sad to hear Phil Dwyer has passed away a true Cardiff city legend when they sing he’s one of our own he truly was one of our own a grangetown lad who gave everything he had for his boyhood club .I even had the privilege to play against him rip Phil fly high bluebird
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Re: “ RIP Phil Dwyer A Real Ninian Park Legend “

Postby Barclay1 » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:13 am

Very very sad. One of my first ever CCFC heroes. Took over the RB birth from Gary Bell.

Was given a free, but stayed and trained with the club, and, I believe he actually earned a form of contract and played on for us that next season?

Don't think his heart was in it after he eventually left us.

An absolute mountain. Honest hard working grit. Unlike many of today's players.
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Postby Elwood Blues » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:39 am

Barclay1 wrote:Very very sad. One of my first ever CCFC heroes. Took over the RB birth from Gary Bell.

Was given a free, but stayed and trained with the club, and, I believe he actually earned a form of contract and played on for us that next season?

Don't think his heart was in it after he eventually left us.

An absolute mountain. Honest hard working grit. Unlike many of today's players.



A minor correction. Gary Bell was a left back. It was Dave Carver who Phil took over from
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Postby Ninian27 » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:41 am

A born leader and loyal servant to the Bluebirds RIP :bluebird:
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Postby Ninian27 » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:42 am

Elwood Blues wrote:
Barclay1 wrote:Very very sad. One of my first ever CCFC heroes. Took over the RB birth from Gary Bell.

Was given a free, but stayed and trained with the club, and, I believe he actually earned a form of contract and played on for us that next season?

Don't think his heart was in it after he eventually left us.

An absolute mountain. Honest hard working grit. Unlike many of today's players.



A minor correction. Gary Bell was a left back. It was Dave Carver who Phil took over from



Are you one of these who just comes on here to correct posters , but can’t say anything good or condolences to a true legend.

Shame on you

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Postby castleblue » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:51 am

Really sad news RIP Phil a true City legend.


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Postby Abergavenny » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:56 am

Absolute legend at Cardiff Met him a few times down the City always with a pint in his hand and a story to tell My cousin spent many hours with him writing his book Mr Cardiff City RIP
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Postby Forever Blue » Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:58 am

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