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Mel Rees
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Full name Melvyn John Rees
Date of birth 25 January 1967(1967-01-25)
Place of birth    Cardiff, Wales
Date of death    30 May 1993 (aged 26)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Cardiff City
Crewe Alexandra (loan)
Southampton (loan)
Leyton Orient (loan)
West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City (loan)
Sheffield United
31 (0)
03 (0)
06 (0)
00 (0)
09 (0)
18 (0)
00 (0)
09 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mel Rees (25 January 1967 – 30 May 1993) was a Welsh goalkeeper. Rees began his career at Cardiff City, later joined Watford, WBA, Sheffield United and Chesterfield. He also had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Southampton, Leyton Orient and Norwich City. The annual Mel Rees Tournament is held in the summer to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.

Rees attended Fitzalan High School, Cardiff. During his time there, he was a member of the squad that was the first to take the English Schools FA cup out of England[1].

Rees was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1992. Although he bravely fought the disease, he died in 1993, aged just 26, less than two months after appearing and making a lap of honour before Sheffield United's FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday. His battle had won him many friends across both sides of the steel city and it was testimony to him that both sets of supporters gave him a rapturous standing ovation.

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