On this day in Welsh football history
International
6 September 2018

On this day in Welsh football history

This will be Wales' eighth full international played on the 6 September. 

Here we take a nostalgic look back on the history of this particular international date.

1977 – Wales 0-0 Kuwait – Friendly – The Racecourse, Wrexham

The first fixture between these two countries took place in front of just over 3,000 fans at the Racecourse as manager Mike Smith prepared his side for their final two 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Czechoslovakia. 

1995 – Wales 1-0 Moldova – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

The late Gary Speed scored the only goal of the game after 55 minutes of this UEFA EURO 1996 qualifier in the capital city. However, results before meant that just 6,721 supporters were interested in seeing a team featuring the likes of Ian Rush, Mark Hughes, Chris Coleman and Neville Southall. 

2003 – Italy 4-0 Wales – San Siro, Milan

It would prove to be a difficult night for manager Mark Hughes at the intimidating San Siro as a hat-trick from Filippo Inzaghi and a penalty from Alessandro Del Piero handed Giovanni Trapattoni's talented Italian side a convincing win.

Mark Hughes at the San Siro in 2003.
Mark Hughes at the San Siro in 2003.

2008 – Wales 1-0 Azerbaijan – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

It was a decade ago tonight that a teenage Sam Vokes scored the only goal for John Toshack's side after 83 minutes. Despite it being the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, only 17,000 fans were in attendance to witness the opening win.

2011 – England 1-0 Wales – Wembley Stadium, London

Striker Robert Earnshaw missed a glorious chance for a famous equaliser for Gary Speed's emerging side in this home nations encounter during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. Ashley Young scored the only goal for Fabio Capello's side on the night as defender Darcy Blake played the game of his career to keep Wayne Rooney quiet. 

Gareth Bale on the attack against Azerbaijan in 2008.
Gareth Bale on the attack against Azerbaijan in 2008.

2013 – Macedonia 2-1 Wales – Philip II Arena, Skopje

Goals from Ivan Trickovski and Aleksandr Trajkovski either side of an Aaron Ramsey penalty made this another low in a testing first qualifying campaign for manager Chris Coleman. Despite the win, Macedonia would finish bottom of the group.

Ramsey gets ready to take a penalty against Macedonia in 2013.
Ramsey gets ready to take a penalty against Macedonia in 2013.

2015 – Wales 0-0 Israel – Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Wales were just a win away from qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 when Israel arrived in Cardiff, and only the flag of the assistant referee in injury time denied striker Simon Church from etching his name in Welsh football folklore as his potentially winning goal was ruled out for offside.