Only once in my lifetime has the Welsh National football team
qualified for the World Cup Finals ......
I was just 4 years old at the time .........
and that qualification was ironically, quite by default!
I am now nearer 70 than 40 years in age,
and I genuinely cannot see my home country qualify
for the World Cup Finals again,
despite all the players' courageous efforts.
So..... I thought I'd indulge in some nostalgia
and visit those days for the very first time,
days which I was far too young to remember in footballing terms!

  

1958 WORLD CUP

Qualifying Matches

1958 World Cup
Qualifying Rounds.

55 countries competed to qualify in the last 16
of the 1958 World Cup
Details of the results
(click here)

Qualifying Group 4
East Germany
Czechoslovakia
Wales

1st May 1957
Cardiff
World Cup Qualifying Game


Wales  (0) 1 - 0 (0) Czechoslovakia
Vernon 75'                                                               

Welsh Team;
Kelsey
Stitfall Hopkins
Charles M Charles J Bowen
Medwin Tapscott Webster Vernon Jones C

Match Report

The campaign started in promising style with a 1v0 victory over Czechoslovakia at Ninian Park, Cardiff, with Colin Webster, a Busby Babe, earning his first cap.
John Charles and Jack Kelsey were both outstanding, with Juventus officials watching their new star, Charles. Wales were far from their best.
Roy Vernon's late strike earned Wales both points, as the Czechs gave Wales a severe testing. in the opening game of the campaign to qualify for Sweden, and the finals in 1958
.

 

1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Wales    1 1 0  1  0  2
Czechoslovakia 1 0 0  0  1   0
East Germany 0 0 0  0  0  0

19th May 1957
Leipzig
World Cup Qualifying Game


East Germany  (1) 2 - 1 (1) Wales
C Wirth 21' Tröger  61'                          M Charles 6'

Welsh Team;
Kelsey
Edwards Hopkins
Harris Charles J,  Bowen
Medwin Tapscott Charles M,  Vernon Jones C

Match Report

Wales got off to a flyer in their second qualifying round match against the East Germans, as Mel Charles netted after just 6 minutes. However the Germans were a strong side and swarmed all over Wales, fully deserving their 2v0 win.
Dave Bowen and Derek Tapscott caused some concern in the Welsh camp by picking up some injuries, resulting in Des Palmer and Ray Daniel being called up. Not all the Welsh squad had travelled to Sweden, due to the cost.

 

1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
East Germany 1 1 0  2  1  2
Wales 2 1 0  2  2   2
Czechoslovakia 1 0 0  1  2  0

26th May 1957
Prague
World Cup Qualifying Game


Czechoslovakia  (1) 2 - 0 (0) Wales
Daniel  21' (o.g.) Kraus  65'                                     

Welsh Team
Kelsey
Thomas Hopkins
Charles M, Daniel Harris
Medwin Palmer Charles J, Vernon  Jones C

Match Report

The Czechs avenged their Cardiff defeat with a sound 2v0 victory. Mel Charles was excellent in defence, with Kelsey in goal on constant call. Not even a sound defence would help keep them out.

 

1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
East Germany 1 1 0  2  1  2
Czechoslovakia 2 1 0  3  2   2
Wales 3 1 0  2  4  2

16th June 1957
Brno
World Cup Qualifying Game


Czechoslovakia (0) 3 - 1 (0) East Germany
Kraus 60'  Bubnik 81' Molnár  89'                         Wirth 18' 

 

1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Czechoslovakia 3 2 0  6  3  4
East Germany 2 1 0  3  4   2
Wales 3 1 0  2  4  2

25th September 1957
Cardiff
World Cup Qualifying Game


Wales    (2) 4 - 1 (0)    East Germany
W Palmer  38', 44', 73' Jones  42'                 Kaiser  57' 

Welsh Team;
Vearncombe
Thomas Hopkins
Harris Charles M, Bowen
Allchurch L, Davies R, Palmer Vernon Jones C

Match Report

Czechoslovakia had already qualified for the finals when Wales played East Germany, with the Welsh team victorious by 4v1. Mel Charles, again playing out of his skin, scoring for both sides.
Kelsey was unavailable and Graham Vearncombe deputised in goal, earning his first Welsh cap. Swansea's Des Palmer netted a hat-trick. Wales were officially out of the World Cup
.

 

1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Czechoslovakia 3 2 0  6  3  4
Wales 4 2 0  6  5   4
East Germany 3 1 0  4  8  2

27th October 1957
Leipzig
World Cup Qualifying Game


East Germany(1) 1 - 4 (1)Czechoslovakia
 H. Müller  35'                    Kraus  4', 88' Moravcík  23' Novák  43' 


1958 World Cup
Qualification Group 4


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Czechoslovakia 4 3 0  9  3  6
Wales 4 2 0  6  5   4
East Germany 4 1 0  5 12  2

Czechoslovakia qualified.

 

 

UEFA v AFC
Play off

Play-off between Israel
and the runner-up of one of the UEFA Groups,
where the teams played against each other
on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying.
After Belgium refused,
the lucky-losers were placed into a pot,
to decide who would qualify to complete
the Final teams for Sweden.
Uruguay were drawn out,
but they refused to accept what they considered to be
a 'charitable' entry.
Wales were the next 'lucky losers' to be drawn.

15th January 1958
Tel-Aviv
World Cup Play-off match


Israel    (0) 0 - 2 (1)   Wales
                                               Allchurch I 38' Bowen 65' 

Welsh Team;
Kelsey
Williams S, Hopkins
Harrington Charles M, Bowen
Allchurch L, Medwin Charles J, Allchurch I, Jones C

Match Report

The first game gave Wales a comfortable away victory with goals from Ivor Allchurch and Dave Bowen. They played with confidence against a country which was not exactly a World-beater. Juventus had given Wales permission to play John Charles.

 

1958 World Cup
1st Play Off


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Wales 1 1 0  2  0  2
Israel 1 0 0  0  2   0

5th February 1958
Cardiff
World Cup Play-Off Match

Wales    (0) 2 - 0 (0)  Israel
Allchurch I, 76'  Jones 80'                                       

Welsh Team;
Kelsey
Williams S, Hopkins
Harrington Charles M, Bowen
Medwin, Hewitt, Charles J, Allchurch I,  Jones C

Match Report

A similar 2v0 victory at Cardiff saw Wales reach the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden. Goals from Ivor Allchurch and Cliff Jones in front of 50,000 was a creditable achievement. Tackov Chodorov, the Israeli goalkeeper played heroically but was stretchered off after a collision with John Charles. The keeper received a standing ovation.
The success of this victory was put in perspective by a tragic occurrence the following day, particularly for Jimmy Murphy and Colin Webster. 
It was the fateful day of the Busby Babe Munich plane tragedy. Both Jimmy and Colin lost friends and teammates in the disaster. Had it not been for this Welsh qualifying match, both would have been involved. Kenny Morgans, a potential future Welsh International survived the crash, but was never the same player and returned to Swansea Town.

 
 

1958 World Cup
2nd Play Off


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Wales 2 2 0  4  0  4
Israel 2 0 0  0  4   0

Wales qualified for the
1958 World Cup.



 

 Previous
World Cup
Winners

 

 Year

Result  

 Hosts

 1930

Uruguay 4 v 2 Argentina

 Uruguay

 1934

Italy 2 v 1 Czechoslovakia
after extra time 

Italy 

 1938

Italy 4 v 2 Hungary 

France

1950

Uruguay 2 v 1 Brazil

Brazil

1954

West Germany 3 v 2 Hungary

Switzerland



The 1958
WORLD CUP
Finals
Hosts; Sweden
Holders; West Germany



Competing Countries:

Group 1

Group 2

Argentina
Czechoslovakia
Ireland
West Germany

France
Paraguay
Scotland
Yugoslavia

Group 3

Group 4

Hungary
Mexico
Sweden
Wales

Austria
Brazil
England
Russia





 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1958 World Cup Squads
Details of all 16 countries' football squads
.
(click here)



P
The Welsh
1958
World Cup Squad

with ages,
1958 Club Colours
and pre-tournament
International Caps

Jack Kelsey 28
Arsenal
12 caps

Stuart Williams 27
West Bromwich Albion
9 caps

Mel Hopkins  23
Tottenham Hotspur
4 caps

     

Derek Sullivan 27
Cardiff City
9 caps

Mel Charles 23
Swansea Town
6 caps

Dave Bowen 30
Arsenal
3 caps

 
 

Terry Medwin 25 Tottenham Hotspur
6 caps

Ron Hewitt 29
Cardiff City
1 caps

John Charles 26
Juventus
20 caps

 

 

 

Ivor Allchurch 28
Swansea Town
28 caps

Cliff Jones 23
Swansea Town
8 caps

 Alan Harrington
Cardiff City
3 caps

 

 

 

Graham Vearncombe 24
Cardiff City
0 caps

Trevor Edwards 21 Charlton Athletic
1 cap

Colin Baker 23
Cardiff City
0 caps

 

 

 

Vic Crowe 26
Aston Villa
0 caps

Ken Leek 22
Leicester City
0 caps

Roy Vernon 21 Blackburn Rovers
1 cap

 

 

 

Colin Webster 25 Manchester United
0 caps

John Elsworthy 26
Ipswich Town
0 caps

Len Allchurch 24 Swansea Town
4 caps

 

 

 

 R.F. Stitfall
Cardiff City
1 cap

Tom Baker 24
Plymouth Argyle
0 caps

 Ken Jones 22
Cardiff City
0 caps

 

 

 

 

 Coach: Jimmy Murphy

 

 

 

 

Copyright Historical Football Kits and reproduced by kind permission.

World Cup
Group 3
Hungary
Mexico
Sweden
Wales

8th June 1958
Stockholm
34,107


Sweden  (1) 3 - 0 (0) Mexico

 

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    1 1 0  3  0  2
Mexico 1 0 0  0  3   0
Hungary 0 0 0  0  0  0
Wales 0 0 0 0  0  0  0

8th June 1958
Sandviken
15,343


Hungary  (1) 1 - 1 (1) Wales
    Bozsik 4'                                     J. Charles 26'  

Teams

 

 Hungary


Wales

Grosics
Matrai
Sarosi
Bozsik,
Sipos,
Berendi
Sandor
Hidegkuti (c)
Tichy
Bundzsak
Fenyvesi

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Kelsey
Williams S
Hopkins
Sullivan
Charles M
Bowen
Webstert
Medwin
Charles J
Allchurch I
Jones C


Match Report

Hungary were the first opponents and played as beaten finalists in the previous World Cup held in 1954. However, due to political turmoil in their country, their team was virtually a new side with a few exceptions.
Wales, playing in canary yellow, were underdog, and fell behind in the 4th minute through a Bozsik goal - a survivor from 1954. The doubters all thought then that Wales were there just for the taking.
With Medwin playing out of position, the Welsh fighting spirit rallied with John Charles heading powerfully home on the 26th minute to level the scores, from a Cliff Jones cross. It was a text book header, as John outjumped everyone.
Wales pushed for the winner, but without success. The game ended level, 1v1.

 

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    1 1 0  3  0  2
Hungary 1 0 1  1  1   1
Wales 1 0 1  1  1  1
Mexico 1 0 0 1  0  3  0

11th June 1958
Stockholm
15,150


Mexico  (0) 1 - 1 (1) Wales
             Belmonte 89'                              Allchurch 32           

Teams

 

 Mexico


Wales
 

Carbajal (c)
del Muro
Gutierrez
Cardenas
Romo
Flores
Belmonte
Reyes
Blanco
Gonzales
Sesma

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Kelsey
Williams S
Hopkins
Baker
Charles M
Bowen
Webster
Medwin
Charles J
Allchurch I
Jones C


Match Report

Wales failed to find their form against a Mexican side still smarting from their 3v0 opening match defeat against hosts Sweden.
Wales went ahead courtesy of Ivor Allchurch and the assumption was that Wales would stroll through, but they fell apart, allowing Mexico a last minute equaliser. Sullivan had missed the game through injury and was replaced by Baker.
Cliff Jones, one of the fastest wingers in the game, had a disappointng match.

     

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    1 1 0  3  0  2
Wales 2 0 2  2  2   2
Hungary 1 0 1  1  1  1
Mexico 2 0 1 1  1  4  1

12th June 1958
Stockholm
38,850


Sweden  (1) 2 - 1 (0) Hungary
       Hamrin 34' 55'                           Tichy 76            

 

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    2 2 0  5  1  4
Wales 2 0 2  2  2   2
Hungary 2 0 1  2  3  1
Mexico 2 0 1 1  1  4  1

15th June 1958
Stockholm
30,287


Sweden  (0) 0 - 0 (0) Wales
                                                           

Teams

 

 Sweden


Wales
 

Svensson
Bergmark
Axbom
Borjesson
Gustavsson (c)
Parling
Berndtsson
Selmosson
Kallgren
Lofgren
Skoglund

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Kelsey
Williams S
Hopkins
Sullivan
Charles M
Bowen
Vernon
Hewitt
Charles J
Allchurch I
Jones C


Match Report

A draw against Sweden would be enough to leave Wales equal on points with Hungary. Jimmy Murphy set his stall out accordingly. Sweden had already qualified and fielded a weakened side, resting many players, including 4 forward players.
It was not therefore a particularly exciting game. However, Skogland missed four good opportunities to seal it for the hosts.
Jack Kelsey was becomimg one of the best goalkeepers in the competition.
A goal-less draw saw Wales facing a play-off against the Hungarians, should they defeat Mexico in their last group match.

 

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    3 2 1  5  1  5
Wales 3 0 3  2  2   3
Hungary 2 0 1  2  3  1
Mexico 2 0 1 1  1  4  1

15th June 1958
Sandviken
13,130


Hungary  (0) 4 - 0 Mexico  

 

World Cup
Group 3


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    3 2 1  5  1  5
Hungary 3 1 1  6  3   3
Wales 3 0 3  2  2  3
Mexico 3 0 1 2  1  8  1



Group 3
Play-off

 17th June 1958
Stockholm
2,823


Hungary  (1) 1 - 2 (0) Wales
    Tichy 33'                     Allchurch 55'  Medwin 76' 

Teams

 

 Hungary


Wales
 

Grosics
Matrai
Sarosi
Bozsik (c)
Sipos
Kotasz
Budai
Bencsics
Bundzsak
Tichy
Fenyvesi

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Kelsey
Williams S
Hopkins
Sullivan
Charles M
Bowen
Medwin
Hewitt
Charles J
Allchurch I
Jones C


Match Report


Terry Medwin nets the winner

The first encounter with Hungary in the group match was rough - this one was even worse, with John Charles targetted for 'special' treatment. The Russian referee gave John no protection whatsover, as the Hungarians literally carved notches out of him! He was clearly chopped down in the penalty area, but no penalty was awarded.
Charles never retaliated, which infuriated the opponents even more!
Hungary stole the lead with a Tichy volley beating Kelsey low at the near post. Everything was going against Wales until the ever faithful Ivor Allchurch  scored an incredible goal - a left foot volley from the edge of the box, which flew like a missile into the top corner.
This gave Wales renewed belief, with a truly battered John Charles still limping bravely about the pitch.
Then with 15 minutes to go, Terry Medwin secured Wales' place in the quarter finals.
Hungarian Sipos was sent off.
Sadly John Charles' hammering meant he would play no part in that match against the favourites to win the Jules Rimet Trophy, Brazil.

 
More action against Hungary


1958 World Cup
Quarter Finals
France v Ireland
W. Germany v Yugoslavia
Sweden v Russia
Brazil v Wales




1958 World Cup
Quarter Final

 19th June 1958
Gothenberg
25,923


Brazil  (0) 1 - 0 (0) Wales
  Pele                                        

Teams

 

 Brazil


Wales  
 

Gylmar
De Sordi
Santos
Zito
Bellini (c)
Orlando
Garrincha
Didi
Mazzola
Pele
Zagallo

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Kelsey
Williams S
Hopkins
Sullivan
Charles M
Bowen
Medwin
Hewitt
Webster
Allchurch I
Jones C

 
         
 
 1958 World Cup
Quarter Final Ticket
Brazil v Wales

 

Match Report

 
Pele in action
 

Seventeen year old Pele, in his debut World Cup match,  broke the hearts of the Welsh team with the only goal of the game.
From the kick off, the Brazilians streamed forward endlessly in a yellow wave of movement. The Welsh concentration was draining away.
Colin Webster shot wide in the first minute - oh, had that gone in? What then?
Wales successfully subdued the Brazilian style of play and the Taffs looked capable of pulling off the shock result of the World Cup at times.
Without the talents of John Charles, Manager Jimmy Murphy had elected to play an unltra-defensive match.
Then that fateful goal. A cross from 'the little bird' Garrincha into the box from the right found Pele, marked by Mel Charles. The teenager took the ball on his chest, turned, and squeezed a shot in from hust outside the goal area. Kelsey must have seen the ball cross the line in slow motion, but could do nothing to stop it.
The goal was the scored by the youngest player ever to net a goal in the World Cup Finals.Pele later said that it was probably the most important goal he ever scored in his career, as it gave him such confidence to continue in his career.
It was big relief for Brazil that John Charles, the Gentle Giant was injured - their defence was unlikely to have coped with him, as they were quite small in terms of height. It was a match in which Wales played as though their lives depended on it, in footballing terms.      
 


The Welsh quest to win
the Jules Rimet Trophy
ended at the
Quarter Final stage.
The one and only time Wales have reached the final stages of the World Cup.
Sadly, it is unlikely that they will do so again in my lifetime.
Brazil went on to win the
1958 World Cup.

The 1958
World Cup
Classified Results

Group A

Group B

N Ireland 1-0 Czechoslovakia
W Germany 3-1 Argentina
W Germany 2-2 Czechoslovakia  
Argentina 3-1 N Ireland
Czechoslovakia 6-1 Argentina
W Germany 2-2 N Ireland


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
W Germany    3 1 2  7  5  4
N Ireland 3 1 1  4  5   3
Czechoslovkia 3 1 1  8  4  3
Argentina 3 1 0 2  5  10  2

Group A Play-off:
Northern Ireland 2-1 Czechoslovakia
(aet)

France 7-3 Paraguay
Yugoslavia 1-1 Scotland
Paraguay 3-2 Scotland  
Yugoslavia 3-2 France
Paraguay 3-3 Yugoslavia
France 2-1 Scotland


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
France    3 2 0 11  7  4
Yugoslavia 3 1 2  7  6   4
Paraguay 3 1 1  9 12  3
Scotland 3 0 1 2  4  6  1

Play-off:
Northern Ireland 2-1 Czechoslovakia
(aet)

Group C

Group D

Hungary 1-1 Wales
Sweden 3-0 Mexico
Mexico 1-1 Wales  
Sweden 2-1 Hungary
Hungary 4-0 Mexico
Sweden 0-0 Wales


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Sweden    3 2 1  5  1  5
Wales 3 0 3  2  2   3
Hungary 3 1 1  6  3  3
Mexico 3 0 1 2  1  8  1

Group C Play-off:
Wales 2-1 Hungary

USSR 2-2 England
Brazil 3-0 Austria
USSR 2-0 Austria  
Brazil 0-0 England
England 2-2 Austria
Brazil 2-0 USSR


Pl  W D L  F  A Pts
Brazil    3 2 1  5  0  5
USSR 3 1 1  4  4   3
England 3 0 3  4  4  3
Austria 3 0 1 2  2  7  1

Group D Play-off:
USSR 1-0 England

Quarter-finals:
Brazil 1-0 Wales
West Germany 1-0 Yugoslavia
France 4-0 Northern Ireland
Sweden 2-0 USSR

Semi-finals:
Sweden 3-1 West Germany
Brazil 5-2 France

3rd/4th place play-off:
France 6-3 West Germany

World Cup Final:
Brazil 5-2 Sweden

 
Captain Bellini raises the
1958 World Cup


The line-up in the final match against Sweden:
Vicente Feola (coach), Djalma Santos, Zito, Bellini, Nilton Santos, Orlando and Gilmar;
Garrincha, Didi, Pelé, Vavá, Zagallo and Paulo Amaral (physical instructor
).

 

  Welsh Appearances

 Qualifying    
Rounds

 1958
World Cup

 Final     
Rounds     

C

EG

C

EG

I

 

1

1

1

 

1

1

 Kelsey

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 Vearncombe

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 Stitfall   

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

 

 

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

Williams S

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

Hopkins

3

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sullivan

4

 

4

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baker

 

4

 

 

 

4

9

4

5

5

5

Charles M

5

5

5

 

4

6

4

 

 

Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

4

Harrington

 

 

 

 

 

5

5

9

 

8

9

Charles J

9

9

9

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

Daniel

 

 

 

 

 

6

6

 

6

6

6

Bowen

6

6

6

7

7

7

 

9

7

Medwin

8

8

 

 7

 

 

 

7

 

Allchurch L

 

 

 

 

 

8

8

 

 

 

 

Tapscott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

9

 

 

Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

Davies R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Hewitt

 

 

8

9

 

 

 

 

 

Webster

7

7

 

 

9

10

10

10

10 

 

 

Vernon

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

10

Allchurch I

10

10

10

10 

10 

11

11

11

11

11

11

Jones C

11

11

11

11 

11 

Opponents
Guide

Qualifying Rounds

C= Czechoslovakia
EG= East Germany
I= Israel

Final Rounds
H= Hungary
M= Mexico
S= Sweden
B= Brazil

Players'
Positions

1 = Goalkeeper
2 = Right full back
3 = Left full back
4 = Right wing half
5 = Centre half
6 = Left wing half
7 = Outside right
8 = Inside right
9 = Centre forward
10 = Inside left
11 = Outside left

 


The Boys who played Brazil in 1958
- a 1993 update.


Jack Kelsey,
Arsenal, Goalkeeper.
Capped 41 times between 1954 and 1962. Born in Llansamlet, Swansea. Jack played all his League football with Arsenal. Between 1949 and 1962, he made 327 League appearances and won two Championships. He died in March 1992 aged 62 at home in London.

 

Stuart Williams,
West Bromwich Albion, Full back.

Williams was ever-present at right back during the World Cup. Won a total of 43 Welsh caps.
After various coaching stints, Williams retired from football and now lives  and works in Southampton.

 

Mel Hopkins,
Tottenham Hotspur, Full back
.
Ever present in the World Cup from the first qualifying match to the epic battle with Brazil. Hopkins, 59, who works as a senior sports officer with Horsham District Council, won 34 caps caps for Wales, and played more than 200 games for Spurs.


 

Derek Sullivan,
Cardiff City, Wing half.
Sullivan was a versatile defender for Cardiff in a League career that stretched over 15 years aand 276 games. Played a vital role against Hungary and World Cup finalists Sweden and Brazil. Won 17 caps between 1953 and 1960.
He died in Newport in September 1983, aged 53.

 

Mel Charles,
Swansea Town, Centre half.
Like his brother, Mel was a complete footballer. Was a tower of strength at centre half, so much so that he won a place alongside Jack Kelsey and Ivor Allchurch in the World team. Charles won 31 caps and scored 6 goals. Now 58, he still lives in Swansea.

 

Dave Bowen,
Arsenal, Wing half.
Bowen was not only an inspirational captain but also a marvellous tactician. Capped 19 times he was the natural choice to take over as manager from Jimmy Murphy. Now 65, he is president of Northampton Town, the club he guided from the Fourth Division to the First. 

 

Terry Medwin,
Tottenham Hotspur, Right wing.

He cracked the winner against Hungary to set up Wales quarter-final clash with Brazil. Medwin, 61, was a member of the Spurs 1961 'Double' squad and the F.A. Cup the following year. Now retired, he lives in the Swansea area.

Ron Hewitt,
Cardiff City, Inside forward.
Hewitt went to the World Cup as a squad player, and he put in a spirited performance against the tough tackling Hungarians in the group play-off and retained his place to win his fifth and final cap in the quarter-final clash with Brazil. Now 65, he lives in Wrexham.

 

Colin Webster,
Manchester United, Centre forward.
Webster won his four Welsh caps in the 1957-58 World Cup campaign. Replaced John Charles who was forced to miss the Brazil game through injury. He was the Mark Hughes of his day. Webster scored 27 goals in 65 League games for United. Now 61, he works as a park keeper in Swansea.

 

Ivor Allchurch,
Swansea Town, Inside forward.
In 68 appearances he scored a record 23 goals. He scored the equaliser in the group play-off against Hungary, a goal which he described as "one of the most satisfying". Now 62, he lives in Swansea, close to the club for whom he played more than 400 League games and scored 166 goals. 

 

Cliff Jones,
Tottenham Hotspur, Left wing.

Was the most feared winger of his day. He was three times an F.A. Cup winner with Spurs and a member of the 1961 'Double' side. Now 58, he lives in Hertfordshire and works as a part-time sports teacher in London.