Milestones

1876 In February, a group of businessmen, led by solicitior, Llewellyn Kendrick, form the Cambria Football Association. Within a matter of weeks the name is changed to The Football Association of Wales. The first international match takes place on 25 March, 1876 as Wales travel to Glasgow to face Scotland. The Scots win 4-0 but a return match is planned in Wales the following year.

1877 The first international football match on Welsh soil takes place at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. Scotland are the opponents and the visitors take the spoils winning 2-0.

1878 Wales suffer their record defeat as Scotland smash 9 goals without reply at Fist Hampden, Glasgow.

1879 Wales face England for the first time losing 2-1 at The Kennington Oval, London and William Henry Davies of Oswestry scores Wales' first international goal.

1881 Wales secure their first ever international victory, beating England 1-0 at Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn.

1882 Wales face Ireland for the first time, thumping the Irish 7-1 at The Racecourse Ground. John Price scored four goals in the match, notching up Wales' first ever international hat-trick

1884 The first ever Home International Championships takes place with Wales finishing third. Having beaten Ireland, Wales lost to both England and Scotland.

1888 Wales secure their record victory, beating Ireland 11-0 at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. John Doughty of Druids equals John Price's goalscoring record notching four goals in the match.

1906 Despite rebuffing the initial invitation to join Fifa when it was formedin 1904, Wales, along with the other four home nations, join FIFA.

1907 Wales are crowned champions of the Home International Championships for the first time. Having beaten Ireland and Scotland the Welsh drew with England.

1911 Ninian Park hosts its first international match as Wales draw 2-2 with Scotland.

1919 Following a row about Germany's involvement and the definition of amateurism, Wales and the other home nations decide not to re-join Fifa at the end of the First World War.

1933 Wales play their first international match outside the British Isles and secure a 1-1 draw against France in Paris.

1946 Wales, along with the other home nations, re-join Fifa.

1949 Belgium become the first side from outside the British Isles to visit Wales. A Trevor Ford hat-trick secures a 5-1 victory for the home side.

1958 Wales qualify for the World Cup for the first, and so far, only time.

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