Historical Football Kits

 

Wales

1946-1963

wales 1958 team groupWales rejoined FIFA in 1946 and took part in the qualifying rounds for the 1950 and 1954 World Cup (the British Championship served as the qualifying competition). The Welsh team included players of considerable ability, including Ivor Allchurch, Alf Sherwood, Jack Kelsey and the great John Charles, who throughout his long career was never booked or sent off. Despite his size and strength, he never sought to hurt an opponent and was known as the Gentle Giant. In 1958 Wales made their one and only appearance in the FIFA World Cup finals. Having finished second in their qualifying group, they were given a second chance when lots were drawn to find a team to play Israel (whose qualifying group opponents had refused to play them). Wales won both legs of the play-off to earn a place in Sweden.

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1946-1947

wales 1943 kit

1943

wales 1945 football kit

1945

wales circa 1946

1946-1947

 

Designer: Umbro

During the wartime internationals (which are not included in the list of official fixtures), Wales wore hooped stockings and plain red ones in the 1945 series. Otherwise, plain red socks with white turnovers were worn, an exact replica of the strip worn by the Welsh rugby team.

Wales' post-war kits were manufactured by Umbro.

fa of wales crest 1947fa of wales crest 1951 1947-1951

1947-1949

wales 1949 change kit

1949 Change

wales football kit 1949-50

1949-1950

wales 1950 home kit

1950-1951

 

Designer: Umbro

In 1947 an amended crest was introduced: the initials FAW now appeared above the dragon while the match details were recorded below. A slightly different version was worn against England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the 1950-51 season with the year and opponent embroidered in a slightly different arrangement.

In May 1949 the Welsh team traveled to Portugal for a friendly and for the first time in their history, changed from their famous red shirts to avoid a colour clash. This kit was used on two other occasions and the yellow shirts with green trim became the alternative of choice for the next 40 years.

1951-1956

wales 1949

1951-1955

wales 1955 kit

1955-1956

 

Designer: Umbro

The FAW introduced a new crest for a match with the Rest of the United Kingdom to celebrate the Festival of Britain on 8 December 1951: the Red Dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) now appearing on a shield with a green border. The match details appeared in a scroll above the crest while below the motto Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae (Best Play, Play Together) was embroidered. A red stripe was now regularly added to the shorts, a detail that became a signature of Welsh strips until all-red was adopted in 1966.

In 1955 modern, lightweight shorts were introduced but the traditional cotton drill shirts were retained.

1957-1963

wales 1956-1963 kit

1957-1963

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wales 1958 world cup change kit

1958 World Cup Change

wales 1956-1963 change

1962 Change

 

Designer: Umbro

In 1957 the FAW introduced the new, streamlined "Continental" style of kit. The team of the late 1950s was arguably the best in the history of the national team. Despite the fact that they qualified for the 1958 World Cup finals by the back door, they made a real impact. After drawing all three of their group games (including a creditable goal-less result against Sweden, the hosts) Wales beat Hungary 2-1 in a play-off to qualify for a quarter-final match with Brazil. A single goal by the 17 year-old Pele was enough to settle the tie, with John Charles out of the side due to injury.

A yellow and green change kit was available during this period, used for the first time in the 1958 World Cup Finals (details of opponents were omitted from the crest during the tournament) and again In Hungary in 1962.

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