On this day in 1924 Wales played Scotland in a British Home Championships at Ninian Park in Cardiff, in a rare occasion where both international captains were Cardiff City players, Fred Keenor for Wales and Jimmy Blair for Scotland.
Back in 1924 international players were only supplied with shirts from their respective national teams and were required to provide their own shorts and socks.
Both players wore the blue socks and shorts of Cardiff City in a game that Wales won 2-0 thanks to goals from Swansea Town’s Willie Davies on his international debut and Cardiff City’s Len Davies in front of a crowd of 26,000.
Following the game the international captains and club team mates travelled home together!
Fred Keenor was Cardiff born and signed as an amateur for his home town club in 1912, he will forever be remembered as the 1927 FA Cup winning captain but he also had a successful international career.
He played 32 times for his country during a period of great success for the national team who won the Home Championships in 1920, 1924 and 1928.
He scored twice for his country, both goals coming against England on separate occasions, once in a 2-2 draw at Ninian Park in March 1923 and once at the Vetch Field in Swansea during a 1-2 defeat to England in February 1925.
Jimmy Blair signed for Cardiff in 1920 and was a member of the team that lost the FA Cup final to Sheffield United in 1925; he won eight caps for Scotland including that unique game at Ninian Park in 1924.