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MARK AIZLWOOD 

Home (1992 to 1994 style) Umbro v Belguim World Cup Qualifier 1993

Centre half, Mark Aizlwood's match worn shirt from the 2-0 World Cup Qualifying campaign victory over Belgium at the Arms Park National Stadium, Cardiff on 31st March 1993.

Most Welsh supporters will remember it as the full debut of a certain Ryan Giggs, who also opened the scoring for Wales when he curled in a first half free kick from the edge of the penalty area. Less so remembered as the last game in a Welsh shirt for stalwart defender and former captain Kevin Ratcliffe, whose shirt from this game can be seen in the Ratcliffe Collection on this site. Post match it prompted the quote from the 59 capped Ratcliffe "i'll always be able to tell my grandchildren i played in the same Wales team as Ryan Giggs". High praise indeed when you consider some of the Welsh greats Ratcliffe himself had captained.

This result was followed up by 2 further wins and 2 draws, one later proving to be a damaging home stalemate with the RCS (the former Czechoslovakia) in the group leaving Wales needing to beat Romania in their final game to secure qualification for the USA World Cup Finals of 1994. But as always seems to be the case the dream of qualification ended with the tale of a penalty, a cross bar, a late Romanian winner and the usual heartbreak for the Welsh.