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Ffotograff o dim pel-droed Cymru pan yn chwarae yn erbyn yr Alban ym 1907 / Photograff of the Welsh football team when playing against Scotland in 1907

The Football Association of Wales was formed in 1876 by a solicitor from Wrexham after Scotland had challenged Wales to an international match.

The Welsh national team had a poor start they were defeated 4-0 by Scotland and it was three years before the team scored its first international goal.

The north-east was a stronghold for soccer in Wales in the late 19th century.  Wrexham Athletic Football Club was formed in 1872 and most of the national team in the early years came from that region.  It was Wrexham who won the first Welsh Cup in 1877-78.

Wales finally tasted success in 1907, winning the home championship for the first time under the leadership of Billy Meredith

By the early twentieth century, the increasing popularity of soccer led to the formation of two professional clubs in south Wales.  Cardiff City Football Club was formed in 1910 and Swansea City Football Club in 1912.

However, it was not until 1957 that the Welsh national team finally qualified to compete for the highest accolade in international football at the 1958 World Cup

Items on the Gathering the Jewels website:

GTJ09320.jpgGTJ61414.jpgOfficial Programme, England v Wales Football International, 1952Wales International Football Team who played Scotland, 4 March 1907 GTJ15026.jpgGTJ18233GTJ18240.jpgGTJ09322.jpgOfficial Programme, Ireland v Wales Football International, 1960





GTJ09323.jpgOfficial Programme, Scotland v Wales Football International, 1961Official Programme, Wales v USSR Football International, 1965GTJ09379.jpgGTJ69393.jpgGTJ12074.jpgGTJ18236.jpgGTJ12099.jpgGTJ73414











Martin Johnes, A History of Sport in Wales (Cardiff, 2005)
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, (Cardiff, 2008)