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Away (1946-56) versus Portugal 1949 End of Season European Tour

This Wales yellow away Umbro, short sleeve shirt was match worn by Trevor Ford, in the end of season European Tour friendly match against Portugal in Lisbon on 15th May 1949. Two first half Ford goals gave Wales a 2-1 interval lead but the hosts rallied and they themselves scoring twice without reply in the second half to win the game 3-2. The match was the first of the end of season 3 game tour, with fixtures against Belgium and Switzerland to follow, Wales eventually losing all 3 matches.

The shirt was officially Wales first away or alternative change colour shirt. It carried an unusual circular national crest, actually embroidered onto a breast pocket of the shirt and because it was to be used in all the tour games it did not carry match details. To the reverse the rear stitch applied cloth number is surprisingly black and not green. It came directly from a member of the Ford family.

Trevor Ford was considered by many to be the one of the greatest strikers to ever wear the red of Wales. Part of the excellent immediate post war generation team, which also included the likes of Wally Barnes, Alf Sherwood, Ray Daniel, Ron Burgess, Roy Paul and Ivor Allchurch! Was the joint Welsh international record goalscorer with 23 goals until Ian Rush surpassed that landmark in the '90's. Capped 38 times, making his goalscoring achievements all the more impressive, he missed out on selection for the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden after admitting to accepting illegal payments and being suspended from the game.