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Rover of the Day: Chris Giles

17 July 2020

Chris Giles born July 17, 1928

Chris began his football career in his home city of Dublin with Drumcondra, winning League of Ireland Championships in each of his first two seasons.

The winger’s performances alerted Rovers’ manager Peter Doherty who signed him in June 1950, following Rovers promotion to Division Two.

Chris made his Football League debut in September 1950 and a few months later was capped by the Republic of Ireland against Norway. During the 1951-52 season he became homesick and returned to Dublin for a time, before coming back to finish the campaign with Rovers. However, he soon crossed the Irish Sea and this time refused to return, earning a suspension from Rovers which kept him out of all football in 1952-53.

In August 1953 he offered to return to Belle Vue, but Rovers opted to transfer him to Aldershot, for whom he never appeared. In January 1954 he signed for Irish League side Portadown and he later played for Distillery and Bray Wanderers.

His nephew, Johnny Giles, earned fame as a Leeds United player and as captain and manager of the Republic of Ireland. Chris died in 2006, aged 78. His Rovers record was 28 appearances and four goals.

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