Want to pick up a classic Wales football shirt? Read on…
Team: Wales National Football Team
Nickname: The Dragons
Team Colours: Red and White
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Wales Football Team hadn’t had a huge amount to shout about until last year and their fantastic run to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships. In fact prior to that the 1958 World Cup was the only major tournament they had qualified for. But if you want to get a classic Wales football shirt there are plenty to choose from:
Wales were packed with top quality players when I was growing up – Southall, Rush, Hughes, Ratcliffe, Saunders, Speed, Giggs, etc, etc, yet somehow never made it to a major finals – although they were just a Paul Bodin missed penalty away from qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. Now they probably have their best team ever and are a joy to watch. Steve
Favourite player: Neville Southall – best goalkeeper in the world on his day.
Favourite kit: 1984-86 home shirt – love this retro, red Wales shirt. Available from Vintage Football Shirts (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have almost 100 classic Wales shirts and pieces of kit from 1976 to the present day. You can pick up the ultra-rare 1976-79 home shirt (above). This retro kit was made by Admiral, who produced some great shirts in the 70s and early 80s.
It has a vintage late 70’s design, and was worn in qualification for both the 1978 World Cup and 1980 European Championships by such Wales legends as John Toshack, Mickey Thomas and future Wales Manager Terry Yorath.
You can also get the 1993-95 away shirt. This umbro produced shirt is also very rare as it was used only for one season during qualification for the Euro ‘96 tournament.
Despite having such players as Mark Hughes, Dean Saunders, Ian Rush, Gary Speed and Neville Southall Wales slipped to embarrassing defeats against Moldova and Georgia in qualification which saw manager Mike Smith sacked and replaced by Bobby Gould.
Things got even worse under Gould whose tenure included a 7-1 defeat to the Netherlands.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable). They too have almost 100 Wales shirts ranging from 1984 to the present day.
You can get an extremely rare 1984 match issue home shirt (above) that was actually worn by the Wales number 7 during the 1984-86 period.
During this period the side competed in the 1986 World Cup Qualifiers, which included a 3-0 thrashing of Spain, unfortunately a 1-0 defeat to Iceland saw Wales miss out on qualifying for the World Cup on goal difference.
Or you can also get the 2004-06 home shirt. This plain but classy red shirt was made by Kappa and worn by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Robbie Earnshaw, Robbie Savage and Craig Bellamy during the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers.
Wales failed to qualify for the tournament and manager Mark Hughes left his role to be replaced by John Toshack for his second stint as Wales manager.
There can only really be one choice – Wales dramatic 3-1 win, coming from behind to beat Belgium and reach the semi-finals of the European Championships.
Amazon have a selection of retro Wales shirts including a 1920s style home shirt.
This was the decade that saw relationships between FIFA and the British footballing associations become fraught due to a dispute over payments to amateur players. In fact British nations with drew from FIFA completely in 1928.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
You can pick up two top notch retro Wales shirts here including a 1920 home shirt (above).
Wales did not play a team outside the four home nations until 1932 when they hosted the Republic of Ireland. During the 20s Wales competed each year in the British Home Championships.
inning it three times (1919-20, 1923-24 and 1927-28). The 1923-24 Wales Team was a particularly strong one winning all three games in the competition, scoring five goals and only conceding one.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Wales shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!