On this day in 1980 Wales managed to crush England 4-1 at The Racecourse, Wrexham in Mike England’s first game in charge.
England made six changes to the side which had beaten World Champions, Argentina, four days earlier at Wembley, a sign, perhaps, that it was the beginning of the end for the Home Championships.
Kevin Keegan and Tony Woodcock were allowed to return to their clubs in Germany whilst Nottingham Forest, who were preparing for the European Cup final against Hamburg, had recalled all of their players except for Larry Lloyd, who won his fourth cap for England.
But this should not take away from the fact that Wales, including debutants David Giles, Paul Price and Keith Pontin, tore the visitors defence to shreds inflicting England’s heaviest defeat for 16 years.
Despite an early deflected goal by Paul Mariner for England, Wales bounced back with goals from Mickey Thomas, Ian Walsh and Leighton James – who was playing his first game for Wales in almost two years – before a Phil Thompson own goal completed the rout.
It remains one of Wales’ finest results and left the newly appointed manager brimming with confidence.
"We’ll let England and Scotland fight it out for the wooden spoon next Saturday," remarked Mike England after the game.
Unfortunately for Wales, having started the tournament so well, defeats to Scotland and Northern Ireland in the next two matches meant they only avoided the wooden spoon on goal difference … it’s the Welsh way!