Wales national football team records

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This page details Wales national football team records; the most capped players, the players with the most goals, Wales's match record by opponent and decade.

Player records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of 15 October 2013

# Name Clubs[nb1] Wales career Caps Goals
1 Neville Southall Everton, Port Vale 1982–1998 92
2 Gary Speed Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers 1990–2004 85 7
3 Craig Bellamy Norwich, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City, Cardiff City 1998–2013 78 19
4 Dean Saunders Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Benfica, Bradford City 1986–2001 75 22
5 Peter Nicholas Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Luton Town, Aberdeen, Chelsea 1979–1991 73 2
= Ian Rush Liverpool, Juventus 1980–1996 73 28
7 Mark Hughes Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Southampton 1984–1999 72 16
= Joey Jones Liverpool, Wrexham, Chelsea, Huddersfield Town 1975–1986 72 1
9 Ivor Allchurch Swansea Town, Newcastle United, Cardiff City 1950–1966 68 23
10 Brian Flynn Burnley, Leeds United, Cardiff City 1974–1984 66 7

Highest goalscorers[edit]

As of 15 October 2013

# Name Wales career Caps Goals Average
1 Ian Rush 1980–1996 73 28 0.38
2 Trevor Ford 1947–1957 38 23 0.60
= Ivor Allchurch 1951–1966 68 23 0.33
4 Dean Saunders 1986–2001 75 22 0.29
5 Craig Bellamy 1998–2013 78 19 0.24
6 Robert Earnshaw 2002–2012 58 16 0.28
= Cliff Jones 1954–1969 59 16 0.27
= Mark Hughes 1984–1999 72 16 0.22
9 John Charles 1950–1965 38 15 0.39
10 John Hartson 1995–2005 51 14 0.27

Age Record[edit]

  • Youngest player to make debut: Harry Wilson - 16 years and 207 days
  • Oldest player to play a game: Billy Meredith - 45 years and 229 days
  • Youngest player to play at World Cup finals: Roy Vernon - 21 years and 42 days
  • Oldest player to play at World Cup finals: Dave Bowen - 30 years and 1 day

Other[edit]

Games and Results[edit]

Firsts
  • First International: 26 March 1876 vs  Scotland
  • First home international: 5 March 1877 vs  Scotland
  • First win: 26 February 1881 vs  England
  • First overseas opponent:  France, 25 May 1933
  • First win over an overseas opponent: 23 November 1949 vs  Belgium
Biggest
  • Biggest Win: 11-0 vs  Ireland, 3 March 1888
  • Biggest Loss: 0-9 vs  Scotland, 23 March 1878
Longest

Goals[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

International Tournaments[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Qualification
Finals

Rankings[edit]

  • Highest FIFA Rank: 27 (August 1993)
  • Lowest FIFA Rank: 113 (September 2000)
  • Highest Elo Rank: 3 (1876–1885)
  • Lowest Elo Rank: 75 (September 2000)

Team records[edit]

Head to head[edit]

Opponent P W D L GF GA %W %D %L
 Albania 2 1 1 0 3 1 50 50 0
 Argentina 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 50 50
 Armenia 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 100 0
 Austria 8 2 1 5 6 11 25 12.5 62.5
 Azerbaijan 6 5 1 0 11 1 83.33 16.67 0
 Belarus 4 3 0 1 7 5 75 25 0
 Belgium 10 3 2 5 16 16 30 20 50
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 0 1 1 2 4 0 50 50
 Brazil 10 1 1 8 5 20 10 10 80
 Bulgaria 6 2 1 3 3 7 33.33 16.67 50
 Canada 3 2 0 1 4 2 66.67 0 33.33
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 100
 Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 1 1 50 0 50
 Croatia 4 0 1 3 2 7 0 25 75
 Cyprus 5 3 0 2 7 5 60 0 40
 Czech Republic 3 0 2 1 1 2 0 66.67 33.33
 Czechoslovakia 12 3 3 6 10 15 25 25 50
 Denmark 8 4 0 4 8 8 50 0 50
 England 101 14 21 65 92 243 14 21 65
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 3 1 100 0 0
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 9 0 100 0 0
 Finland 11 4 3 4 16 11 36.36 27.27 36.36
 France 4 1 1 2 4 9 25 25 50
 Macedonia 1 1 0 0 6 0 100 0 0
 Georgia 3 0 0 3 1 8 0 0 100
 Germany 7 1 2 4 3 8 14.29 28.57 57.14
 East Germany 4 1 0 3 7 8 25 0 75
 West Germany 10 1 4 5 7 18 10 40 50
 Greece 2 1 0 1 4 3 50 0 50
 Hungary 10 5 2 3 15 14 50 20 30
 Iceland 6 4 1 1 10 4 66.67 16.67 16.67
 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 0
 Ireland 13 5 3 5 13 16 38.46 23.08 38.46
 Israel 4 2 2 0 7 3 50 50 0
 Italy 9 2 0 7 5 23 22.22 0 77.78
 Jamaica 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100 0
 Japan 1 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 0
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 100 0 0
 Kuwait 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 100 0
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 100 0 0
 Liechtenstein 3 3 0 0 8 0 100 0 0
 Luxembourg 6 6 0 0 17 2 100 0 0
 Macedonia 2 1 0 1 2 2 50 0 50
 Malta 4 4 0 0 15 2 100 0 0
 Mexico 2 0 1 1 2 3 0 50 50
 Moldova 2 1 0 1 3 3 50 0 50
 Montenegro 2 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 100
 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 3 19 0 0 100
 New Zealand 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 100 0
 Northern Ireland 37 17 7 13 98 64 45.95 18.92 35.14
 Norway 11 3 4 4 15 14 27.27 36.36 45.45
 Paraguay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100 0
 Poland 8 1 3 4 5 10 12.5 37.5 50
 Portugal 3 1 0 2 4 7 33.33 0 66.67
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 0
 Romania 5 1 1 3 7 9 20 20 60
 Russia 4 0 1 3 2 6 0 25 75
 San Marino 4 4 0 0 0 0 100 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 2 1 100 0 0
 Scotland 107 23 23 61 0 0 21.5 21.5 57.01
 Serbia 4 0 0 4 3 13 0 0 100
 Slovakia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100 0
 Slovenia 2 1 0 1 6 7 50 0 50
 Spain 5 1 2 2 6 7 20 40 40
 Sweden 6 0 1 5 3 13 0 16.67 83.33
 Switzerland 7 2 0 5 6 16 28.57 0 71.43
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 2 1 100 0 0
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 100
 Turkey 6 3 1 2 10 7 50 16.67 33.33
 Ukraine 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 100 0
 Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100 0
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 100
 Soviet Union 5 1 2 2 3 6 20 40 40
 Yugoslavia 7 0 3 4 10 18 0 42.86 57.14
Totals 719 336 154 229 1229 904 46.73 21.42 31.85

P - Played; W - Won; D - Drawn; L - Lost
Statistics include official FIFA recognised matches only

By decade[edit]

Decade Pld W D L GF GA GD %W %D %L
1870s 12 8 2 2 41 15 26 66.67 16.67 16.67
1880s 26 22 3 1 111 35 76 84.62 11.54 3.85
1890s 30 19 5 6 100 48 52 63.33 16.67 20
1900s 30 15 7 8 70 32 38 50 23.33 26.67
1910s 15 7 6 2 20 10 10 46.67 40 13.33
1920s 34 24 5 5 82 33 49 70.59 14.71 14.71
1930s 41 22 7 12 78 62 16 53.66 17.07 29.27
1940s 17 8 2 7 34 23 11 47.06 11.76 41.18
1950s 67 30 16 21 123 104 19 44.78 23.88 31.34
1960s 64 28 13 23 138 115 23 43.75 20.31 35.94
1970s 89 37 20 32 89 98 −9 41.57 22.47 35.96
1980s 87 35 24 28 101 83 18 40.23 27.59 32.18
1990s 92 41 22 29 112 84 28 44.57 23.91 31.52
2000s 85 31 20 34 95 108 −13 36.47 23.53 40
2010s 32 10 2 20 30 49 −19 31.25 6.25 62.5
Overall 719 336 154 229 1229 904 325 46.73 21.42 31.85

P - Played, W - Won, D - Drawn, L - Lost, GF - Goals For, GA - Goals Against, GD - Goal Difference
Statistics include official FIFA recognised matches only
Up to date as 15 October 2013

Notes[edit]

  1. nb1 Only clubs played for while receiving caps are listed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hayes, Dean P. (1994). Wales: The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9. 
  • Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-954-4. 

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