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Full name Dean Nicholas Saunders
Date of birth 21 June 1964 (1964-06-21) (age 57)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1980–1982 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Swansea City 49 (12)
1985 Cardiff City (loan) 4 (0)
1985–1987 Brighton & Hove Albion 72 (21)
1987–1988 Oxford United 59 (22)
1988–1991 Derby County 106 (42)
1991–1992 Liverpool 42 (11)
1992–1995 Aston Villa 112 (37)
1995–1996 Galatasaray 27 (15)
1996–1997 Nottingham Forest 43 (5)
1997–1998 Sheffield United 43 (17)
1998–1999 Benfica 17 (5)
1999–2001 Bradford City 44 (3)
Total 618 (190)
National team
1986–2001 Wales 75 (22)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Wrexham
2011–2013 Doncaster Rovers
2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers
2014–2015 Crawley Town
2015 Chesterfield
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dean Nicholas Saunders (born 21 June 1964) is a former Welsh football manager and former professional footballer who played as a striker in a career which lasted from 1982 until 2001.

He played for Liverpool and Aston Villa in the 1990s, and set a new British transfer record when he joined the former from Derby County. He began at his hometown club Swansea City before also playing for Brighton, Oxford United, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United as well as spells at Galatasaray and Benfica.

He was capped 75 times at senior level for Wales between 1986 and 2001, scoring 22 times, making him one of the nation's highest-scoring and most-capped players of all time, although Wales never qualified for any major international competitions while Saunders was playing for them.

Following his retirement from playing in 2001, he entered football coaching and then management, firstly of non-league Wrexham (2008–2011) and since then of Doncaster Rovers (2011–2013), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013), Crawley Town (2014–2015), and Chesterfield (2015).

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