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Wales Match Shirts

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Home (1990-92) versus Republic of Ireland Friendly 1991

Welsh goalscoring legend Ian Rush's match worn shirt believed to be from the international friendly 3-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland on 6th February 1991, at a cold and snow covered Racecourse Ground Wrexham. 

The Umbro manufactured shirt carries all the differences that confirm it as a players shirt, with the fully embroidered national crest and Umbro logo, the correct number on the second collar tag, plus the material and font of the number to the reverse pin point it to the time of the game, all of which differ from same style replica's or were not available to buy commercially.

The shirt originated from the personal collection of a top flight referee of that time, whom had the shirt beautifully signed across the front, with the largest Rush signature we have ever seen. We have had the signature viewed by a Liverpool autograph expert who has confirm it as genuine, not that we doubted it, but you can never be to sure these days. After much research we discovered that Rushie only wore long sleeves for two matches in this home style shirt, -the other, Luxembourg home, in a European Championship Qualifier. The number confirms it as from the Republic of Ireland game and different to the one other occasion he wore long sleeves, plus when you consider Welsh senior players were only given one shirt per game at this time -changed later in 1991 to two, one long and one short sleeve- Rushie was replaced in the 51st minute by Malcolm Allen, therefore unlikely to have swapped shirts and were the shirt originated, we are happy with the game details. Either way it is an Ian Rush Wales match shirt, the nations top international goalscorer, and one of the greatest goalscorers to grace the game.