20 April

On this day in 1994, Mike Smith started his second spell in charge of the Welsh national side.

Following the 48-day fiasco that was John Toshack’s first tenure in charge of Wales, the Football Association of Wales moved quickly to appoint the 56-year-old Englishman, Smith.

He had first held the manager’s post bewteen 1974 and 1979, a period which saw Wales reach the quarter finals of Euro 76 and come within a whisker of reaching the World Cup in Argentina in 1978.

Since leaving Wales the ex-schoolteacher had managed Hull City before leading Egypt to the 1986 African Cup of Nations title.

Many had expected the FAW to turn to Terry Yorath who had been controversially relieved of his duties following Wales failure to reach the 1994 World Cup.

But the FAW instead turned to Smith – whom Toshack had appointed as his assistant manager – on a two year contract.

It wasn’t the best of starts for Smith as Wales went down 0-2 to Sweden at The Racecourse and he was eventually asked to step down after just 10 games following embarrasing defeats away to both Moldova and Georgia.