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Wales Match Shirts

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Home (1956-63) versus Israel World Cup Play-Off 1st Leg 1958

This wonderful shirt carries some significance to Welsh international football history. It was worn by the Principality's Golden Boy, Ivor Allchurch, in the 2-0 1st Leg win, of the 1958 World Cup Qualifying Play-Off away to Israel. Allchurch, recognised by many as one of the Welsh all time greats and the first player to be capped 50 times, scored the all important first goal in the Ramat-Gan. The heavy cotton knit shirt sports the fashionable v-neck collar, which were introduced by Umbro in the mid-50's and and first worn by Wales against Scotland in 1956. It also continued with the white cuffs, plus the Heraldic Crest, along with the opponents, in the scroll above -interestingly would have been the same for both games!- embroidered onto a red cloth patch and stitch applied to the shirt. As is the number seven to the reverse. A truly awesome shirt, which originated from a former players collection and purchased at auction.

Wales had initially failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup - finishing behind Czechoslovakia in qualifying Group Four - but earned a reprieve because of the Middle East troubles. Israel had won their Asian/African zone group by default when Egypt and Sudan refused to play them while Indonesia wanted to play Israel on neutral ground - but FIFA were reluctant to allow a team into the World Cup finals without playing a match so lots were drawn of Europe's second-placed teams. Wales were drawn against Israel and goals from Allchurch and David Bowen won the away leg 2-0, before Allchurch again and Cliff Jones scored in the 2nd leg at Ninian Park, to repeat the 2-0 scoreline from the first game and confirm Wales qualified for their only major finals.