On this day in 1959 Vic Rouse became the first player from the Fourth Division to win an international cap.
With regular goalkeeper, Jack Kelsey, injured, Wales turned to Crystal Palace keepr, Rouse, for their trip to Northern Ireland.
Rouse had been in sparkling form for Palace as the Eagles challenged for the Fourth Division title, but it wasn’t a good omen when he concede three goals against Shrewsbury on the Saturday before travelling to Belfast … fortunately for Palace their strikers scored four goals!
And so it proved – international football was a totally different prospect to fourth division football – Northern Ireland running out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Kelsey returned to the Wales line-up for Wales’ next match against England and Rouse returned to Selhurst Park with his one and only cap.
On this day in 1998 Wales played against a team from Africa for the very first time.