The Welsh Wizards - In Defence
Alf Sherwood 1947-57 Caps 41 S
The King of the sliding tacklers debuted in Wales' first full International after World War Two. An ex-miner who threw his all into the game especially when facing the England forward, Stanley Matthews. His qualities: pace, sureness of tackle and a great positional sense. Captained Wales to a famous win over England in 1955. His biggest regret: not playing in the 1958 World Cup Finals.
Fred Keenor 1920-33 Caps 32 Goals 2 S
Fred dominated Welsh football in the 1920s. Wounded twice in World War One Fred's toughness showed in his game, but he was a true sportsman too. He led Cardiff City to victory in the 1927 FA Cup Final. It is still the only time the Cup has left England. He was the inspiration behind Wales' victories in the 1924 and 1928 Home International Championships.
Roy Paul 1949-56 Caps 33 Goals 1 SW
A talented half back from the Rhondda who helped Swansea win promotion in 1948-49 to the Second Division. In 1950 the Millionarios Football Club tempted him out to Columbia. When the promised riches did not appear, Roy left for home. Swansea did not want him back but Manchester City did. He led them to victory in the FA Cup Final in 1956.
Joey Jones 1976-86 Caps 72 Goals 1 N
Known as 'The Clown Prince of Welsh Football', Joey combined quality and character in his game. His modesty could never hide his talent. A popular player with the fans at Liverpool and Wrexham. His most memorable game was the 1-0 victory over England at Wembley.
Mike England 1962-75 Caps 44 Goals 4 NE
He came in to the world too soon for his mum to make it to Chester Hospital. This was the reason why England played for Wales. Made his mark in the 1962 tour of Brazil and Mexico by stopping Pele from scoring. Calm, cool and dominating in the air, Mike was central to the success of Spurs. Wales' Manager at a challenging time, he was controversially sacked in 1988.
Derrick Sullivan 1953-60 Caps 17 SE
Mr Versatile played in every position except goalkeeper and centre forward. Played full back for his country in the 1958 World Cup campaign.
Who were the unknowns?
On October 25th 1930 the "Never on a Saturday" rule meant Fred Keenor had to play with a team of novices in an international against Scotland. Dubbed 'The Unknowns' by the Press, Fred Keenor's men had everything to prove and nothing to lose. Fred and his team held the Scots to 1-1 draw and returned home "The Great Unknowns".
William Davies from Oswestry scores the first goal ever for Wales and against England too!
Canny Cardiff City turned the corporation dump into their football ground. Lord Ninian Stuart, a Club sponsor, kicked off the first official game there in 1910 and Cardiff decided to name their ground in his honour.
Bad weather can be a real nuisance. Cardiff City had to travel 8000 miles to play Moscow in the Cotton Pickers Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1967. The pitches in Moscow were frozen solid and Tashkent was the nearest ground they could use. Likely story!! Despite two nights in a Soviet hotel and a trip with Aeroflot, the Bluebirds managed a 1-1 draw.