Sons of Cambria - The Who's Who of Welsh International Football Players (Vol 1: 1876-1946)

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Indispensable. The primary source of information for anybody with an interest in Welsh football.’
Phil Stead

‘A brilliant piece of research. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Welsh football.’
Prof. Martin Johnes

On 25 March 1876, at the Football Association of Wales’ inaugural match, against Scotland in Glasgow, 11 intrepid footballers became the first of over 700 players to represent the senior men’s team.

Sons of Cambria is the first volume of a landmark, three-volume, collection of every footballer to represent the senior Wales team since 1876. Listed in the order in which they won their caps, Volume I covers the first 374 players capped between 1876 and 1946 and includes:

Samuel Llewellyn Kenrick (#8) from Ruabon, who won 5 caps but, more importantly, founded the Football Association of Wales;

James Patrick (Jimmy) Murphy (#349) from Rhondda, who won 15 caps and, as manager, took Wales to the 1958 World Cup;

Frederick Charles (Fred) Keenor (#266), from Cardiff, who was capped 32 times, scoring 3 goals, and lifted the FA Cup as captain of Cardiff City in 1927;

John Edward (Eddie) Parris (#347) from Chepstow, who played for several clubs including Bournemouth and Bradford, was Wales’ first black international, winning a single cap in 1932;

William Henry (Billy) Meredith (#161), from Chirk, who won 46 caps, scored 11 goals and was the first superstar of Welsh football;

Caesar Augustus Llewellyn Jenkyns (#138), from Builth Wells, won 8 caps and scored a single goal. A powerful no-nonsense player, ‘the Mighty Caesar’, who played for Woolwich Arsenal and Newton Heath (Man Utd) was sent off three times in a colourful career.

An essential reference guide for all followers of Welsh international football, Sons of Cambria, also includes:

Appendix 1 - The complete listing of every official Wales international match from 1876 to 1939
Appendix 2
- Details of every unofficial and friendly international match, including wartime games, from 1876 to 1946, and the uncapped players who represented Wales.
Appendix 3 - A tribute to Edward Robbins, appointed FA Wales Secretary in 1909, who served Welsh football with distinction for 35 years.

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