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Wales Match Shirts

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Wales 3rd Away yellow (2008-10) v Russia World Cup Qualifier 2009

This is a match worn Joe Ledley Wales yellow, officially the 3rd choice away shirt, worn in the heartbreaking World Cup Qualifying, 2-1 defeat against Russia in the Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow on 10th September 2008. 

This was the first outing of the new Champion design yellow 3rd away shirt, suprisingly released before the white away -which was not seen until the end of May 2009- and still a mystery why it is the 3rd choice shirt, because historically Wales away colour has been yellow??  But the shirt itself carries all the specifications that distinguish it as a players shirt, but more importantly shows a personalisation that confirm it as match worn. It has the usual match detail embroidery under the National Crest only seen on players shirts, "Rwsia, Cwpan Y Byd, FIFA 2010, 10.09.08, Gem 563", the back number with the incorporated national crest at the bottom and the South Africa 2010 World Cup Qualifying Sleeve badge to the right arm. 

The weather in Moscow was awful on the night, with the match played out in constant heavy rain. All the players made use of their two shirts, changing into the other dry one for the second half-each player has a short sleeve and a long sleeve shirt for each game with the senior squad- and Ledley's preference is for short sleeves. So having worn his preference in the first half he had the sleeves of his long sleeve shirt cut off, so as to wear another adopted short sleeve shirt for the second half. The picture shows the right sleeve with WCQ 2010 badge and the edges of the cut sleeve can be clearly seen. With this being worn in the second half it also means it was the shirt that Ledley scored Wales 67th minute equaliser on the night -see picture- but a precious point was snatched away from them when Pavel Pogrebniak clinched victory for Russia with the winner inside the last ten minutes.