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FRED KEENOR

Home (1925-31) v Scotland Home International Championship 1927/28 

Amazingly this is now the third oldest match worn Wales shirt in my collection. A superb Fred Keenor Wales lace up collar shirt, made by St.Margrets, suppliers of shirts to the FAW, up until the outbreak Second World War and for the early war time internationals. The game it was worn in has been researched thoroughly and i now believe it to be from the Home International Championship match against Scotland at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham on 29th October 1927. The game finished as a 2-2 draw, but two away wins against England and Northern Ireland, both by 2-1 scorelines gave Wales Championship outright. The shirt came from the personal collection of Scotland International Davie Meiklejohn. 

It is a very delicate shirt that had to be carefully photographed on the mannequin. Note from the back of the shirt, the lack of a number, which of course were not intitially trialled until 1928, used by Wales on their Tour of Canada in 1929 and became compulsory on club shirts in 1939.
Match worn shirts of the age of this Fred Keenor shirt are genuinely very scare items. As collectors know, just because something is old does not always make it immediately valuable. But in the case of a 32 capped inspirational Welsh and Cardiff City captains shirt, well when one like this becomes available you most be prepared to pay the money!! When you hold a shirt like this in your hand you really get the feel for its history, vintage shirts don't come much better especially for Welsh memorabilia collectors. Unless anybody has a Leigh Richmond Roose or a Billy Meredith!!!  

Fred Keenor is the only FA Cup Winning captain to ever take the trophy out of England, when he lead the Blue Birds to Cardiff City's only success in 1927. He was also captain of Wales during one the countries most successful periods - 3 times Home International Championship winners during the 1920's- and leading them to their 1924 win and as already mentioned, this season's Championship.