On this day in 1911, Robert Ernest Evans won his first cap for England … having already won 10 caps for Wales!
Evans was a tricky winger who had spent the early part of his footballing career playing for clubs in the north east of Wales and over the border in Chester.
Having joined Wrexham in 1902 his sparkling performances earned him a call up to the Welsh squad where he won his first cap against Scotland in 1906 and secured a transfer to Aston Villa later the same season.
However, Evans’ football world was turned upside down when he was transferred to Sheffield United for £1,100 in 1908. Having already won 10 caps for Wales, the Sheffield United secretary discovered that Evans had in fact been born in Chester!
Things went from bad to worse for the Football Association of Wales when the Football Association objected to his involvement with the next Wales squad in 1910.
And much to the surprise of the Welsh, Evans was chosen to play for England against Ireland on this day in 1911, and his fourth cap for England came against Wales at the Racecourse, Wrexham – a ground where, four years previously he had played for Wales against England!