22 Mai

On this day in 1966 one of the all-time greats of Welsh football played his last international match.

Ivor Allchurch brough the curtain down on his international career winning his 68th cap in a friendly match against Chile in Santiago and so becoming Wales’ all time record cap winner.

Wales were on a tour of South America to face Brazil twice and Chile in the hosts’ preparations for the 1966 World Cup in England.

Allchurch’s appearance record stood until 1986 when Joey Jones won his 69th cap and, depsite the fact that Wales play far more matches now than in Allchurch’s day , he remains in the top 10 all time cap winners list.

As well as the record for the most number of caps, Allchurch was equal with Trevor Ford as Wales’ all-time top goalscorer with both men having netted 23 international goals.

This record stood until 1992 when Ian Rush bagged a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands to equal, and then break the long standing tally.

Despite the best efforts of Dean Saunders, who finished his international career one short of Allchurch and Ford’s total, and Craig Bellamy, who is currently five goals short, the duo remain second on the all-time Welsh international goal scorers list.