On this day in 1876: Wales play first official match

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Wales played its first official match on March 25, 1876, making it the third oldest international football team in the world after England and Scotland.

The opening game was a 4-0 defeat to Scotland in Glasgow, and a first win did not arrive until February 26, 1881 when England were beaten 1-0 at Blackburn.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the highs and lows of Welsh football and some of the great managers and players that have graced its game.

Welsh wizard

Soccer – FA Cup Final – Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers – Billy Meredith – Crystal Palace, London
Billy Meredith was the first superstar of Welsh football at the turn of the 20th century (PA)

Picked off by Pele

Pele knocked Wales out of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden with a quarter-final winner (PA)

Gentle giant

John Charles Scores Against England
John Charles (left) scores his first Wales goal against England at Wembley in 1954 (PA)

Great goals

Soccer – World Cup Qualifier – Wales v USSR – Wrexham
Brian Flynn, pictured in his Wales playing days, scored one of his country’s greatest goals (PA)

Euro stars

Wales v Belgium – UEFA Euro 2016 – Quarter Final – Stade Pierre Mauroy
Wales’ motto at Euro 2016 was ‘Together Stronger’ and the entire squad and management staff celebrated Ashley Williams’ equaliser in the 3-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium in Lille (Joe Giddens/PA)

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