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Wales Match Shirts

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Cliff Jones Wales home match worn number 11 shirt from the Home International (British) Championship game at Ninian Park, Cardiff on 12th October 1963. A bad day at the office for Wales with England winning the game comfortably 4-0. The home new style light weight crew neck shirt was first introduced at the start of the 1963/64 season. Distributed by former Everton player's Jack Sharpe Sports Outfitters based in Liverpool but actually made by Manchester based company, Umbro. This particular shirt carries both the Jack Sharpe and the Umbro Tangeru back collar labels, as well as the cloth stitch applied numbers to the reverse and the stitch applied crest with match detail scroll above, as was normal on Wales shirts at this time. 

Cliff Jones, a wide player or winger in the traditional mould, was equally effect as an outside right or left. Hailing from the '50's Welsh footballing hot bed of Swansea. He was called into the Wales international squad after only 25 appearances for home town club, known as Swansea Town in those days, but didn't actually make his Welsh debut, until the end of the 1953/54 season, a 2-0 defeat to Austria in Vienna. He established himself as a regular in the national side in the 1955/56 season. Scoring, his first and in his own words his "greatest ever goal" the winner against England in Cardiff in October 1955 in only his second appearance. He played 20 of the next 21 International games, including all five of Wales 1958 World Cup Finals game in Sweden. After becoming only the second Welshmen to play 50 times for his country, he eventually bowed out of the international arena in his 59th appearance, the Prince of Wales Investiture game against The Rest of the UK at Ninian Park on 28th July 1969. In 59 caps he scored 15 goals, including one hat-trick, against N.Ireland, a 4-1 win in Belfast on 3rd April 1963. Inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and now 15 years later, he is to be honoured again, by being inducted into The National Football Museum's Hall of Fame in September 2013.