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Jack Kelsey's Wales Football Caps 1957-58 & 1958-59

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Jack Kelsey's Wales Football Caps 1957-58 & 1958-59
A red Wales v. England, Scotland, Israel (2) and Northern Ireland International cap, 1957-58. The cap represents five of Kelsey's appearances for Wales. In the match against England, played on 19th October 1957 at Ninian Park, Wales lost 4-0. In the match against Scotland played on 13th November 1957 at Hampden Park the teams drew 1-1. The cap also represents the two special World Cup play-off matches against Israel. Wales were originally eliminated from the competition after coming second to Czechoslovakia in their qualifying group but due to the fact that four teams from the Asia-Africa Group withdrew from the competition, they got a second chance. FIFA ruled that no country, other than the holders and hosts could reach the finals stages without playing a match. Consequently, the runners-up from all the other groups were invited to take part in a draw to see who played Israel in a two-match play-off. Wales were drawn and in the first match played on 15th January 1958 at Tel Aviv, Wales won 2-0. In the return match played on 5th February at Ninian Park, Wales once again won 2-0, sending them through to the 1958 World Cup finals. In the last match against Northern Ireland played on 16th April 1958 at Ninian Park, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Sold at auction for £1955. A red Wales v. Scotland and England International cap, 1958-59. In the match against Scotland played on 18th October 1958 at Ninian Park, Cardiff, Scotland defeated Wales 3-0. In the match against England played on 26th November 1958 at Villa Park, Birmingham, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Sold at auction for £1725. Copyright
Posted on July 20, 2008

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