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MALCOLM PAGE

Home Airtex versus West Germany 1977

Malcolm Page’s home shirt, worn in the 1-1 drawn, Dortmund, December friendly against West Germany. The shirt is an "Airtex" design, made from a vest like material with lots of small perforations (holes to you and me!), the first shirt technology attempting to keep the players cool. Umbro had used this "tea bag" effect design in the 1970 World Cup, with England, Sweden and Brazil all using it in the Mexican heat. The shirt comes from Malcolm Page's personal collection, purchased by me from a friend of Page's with a letter of provenance signed by Malcolm, stating it was worn in the game against West Germany. There is actually some debate if Wales wore Airtex shirts in this game, Germany in December?!, so if Malcolm's memory has become a little hazy over the years, then it could have been worn in either the away fixture against Kuwait, 3 months before or away Iran in April 1978.  

Page made a total of 28 appearances for Wales, over an 8 year period, after making his debut for his country against Finland in 1971. The game against West Germany was his 24th Cap. His versatility made him a great squad member, but it was at either full back position that he turned out mostly for his country. All of his caps were made whilst at Birmingham City, making him the Blues most capped international player, with the club he served for 17 seasons. 

The action picture shows Page playing against West Germany in 1979, wearing the normal cotton long sleeve version of the Admiral tramlines shirt. Obviously the Airtex version was only ever produced in short sleeves. Picture copyright of Action Images.