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NEVILLE SOUTHALL

Away Goalkeeper (Green/black) 1982

Superb Neville Southall Adidas green/black away Wales goalkeepers shirt circa 1982. The shirt came to us as match worm but we have no game details for it. Further research has clarified the likely game it could be from, but we believe it can only be from the European Championship Qualifier against Yugolslavia the end of 1982 -see match details below. This therefore then makes the shirt Neville's bench unworn shirt, so not worn it is still a classic Adidas design keepers shirt of Wales record appearance maker. Tidy!! 

Neville Southall made his international debut against Northern Ireland in the Home International Championships in 1982. For the remaining 4 internationals of that year he alternated apperances with Dai Davies and it wasn't until 1983 that he became the established Welsh no.1. He then went on a 25 game unbroken sequence of games which finished when he suffered a broken ankle in the friendly international against the Republic of Ireland in 1986.

As the away Adidas style goalkeepers shirt -the home style was yellow/black, the golden yellow colour was always considered the international goalkeepers shirt colour at the time- i can only place it as being the from the match against Yugoslavia, the amazing 4-4 draw in Titograd on 15th December 1982, when Southall was an unused substitute, to Dai Davies who was making his 51st and final appearance for Wales. For the seven years Wales used Adidas as their kit manufacturer they used five different styles of number font and unbelievabily in four different colours of number! The solid black font style numbers with the incorporated Adidas trefoil logo were first used on the away shirt for this game in Yugolslavia, also see the John Mahoney shirt, and this has been a major factor -as well as the fact that Southall was only an unused sub in this style of shirt once!!- in enabling me to identify the game it would have been worn in.