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7 Facts About Wales

1 The Welsh national side's first game was a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Scotland in March 1876. They had to wait five years their first victory, a 1-0 win over England.
2 Wales were the first country to use a substitute in an international game when A Pugh came on against Scotland on April 15, 1889 and became the first Welsh 'keeper to keep a clean sheet.
3 Trevor Hockey became the first Welsh player to be sent-off when he was red-carded against Poland in 1973. Wales lost 3-0 and failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup as a result, which obviously made Hockey really popular in the valleys.
4 Wales have only been to one World Cup, the 1958 Finals in Sweden. They made it as far as the quarter-finals where defeat against Brazil ended their eight-match unbeaten run.
5 Ian Rush is the country's most potent striker after netting 28 goals in 73 internationals. While Neville Southall is the country's most capped player having made 91 international appearances.
6 When Billy Meredith played for Wales against England, he became the oldest ever Welsh international at the bone-creaking age of 45 years and 229 days.
7 The biggest victory for Wales came against Northen Ireland in 1886 when they won 11-0. Ten years earlier, a 9-0 loss at Scotland became their biggest ever defeat.

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