4 November

On this day in 1933 Alf Day made his debut for Wales … before he had played a single league match.

The Wales side to face Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast was severly depleted due to injuries which saw FAW secretary, Ted Robins, make a desperate phone call to his Spurs counterpart, Arthur Turner.

Robins wanted to know if Spurs had any Welsh qualified players who would be good enough to turn out for Wales.

Turner mentioned a young reserve player he thought might be Welsh and, having checked, Day was called into the squad for the trip to Belfast.

Day, from Ebbw Vale, won his one and only cap as the inexperienced side managed a creditable 1-1 draw.

Day’s Spurs team-mate, Eugene O’Callaghan, who was winning his ninth cap, was Wales’ most experienced player that afternoon as four players made their debuts whilst goalscorer, Pat Glover, was winning his second cap, two years after making his debut!

Alf Day never did play for Spurs’ first team, he left White Hart Lane for Southampton in the summer of 1937, making his league debut the following season.