2022年世界盃:威爾士58年的男孩--用他們自己的話說

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2022年世界盃:威爾士58年的男孩--用他們自己的話說

威爾士參加今年的世界盃決賽將是該國自1958年以來的首次亮相,當時吉米-墨菲的球隊進入四分之一決賽。

但中東地區的政治不確定性給了威爾士第二次機會,當時許多對手拒絕與以色列比賽。

  • 沒有BBC Cymru威爾士與威爾士在世界盃上的比賽

在對所有第二名的球隊進行抽籤後,在比利時也拒絕後,威爾士獲得了與以色列進行兩場比賽的機會,以決定哪支球隊有資格參加瑞典世界盃。

1958年夏天,威爾士前往瑞典的18人隊中只有兩人--克里夫-瓊斯和特里-梅德溫--還活着。

但從BBC多年來的採訪中,我們可以從64年前創造歷史的一些球員的話語中回憶起1958年的故事。

淘汰賽中的第二次機會

約翰-查爾斯;尤文圖斯隊中前衛。沒有人想到我們會走到這一步。我們一開始就很幸運能到那裡。我們被淘汰了......但我們仍然必須擊敗以色列。

特里-梅德溫;右外側。托特納姆熱刺隊。1958年初,我們不得不在主客場對陣以色列,我們在主客場都以2比0獲勝。這就是我們晉級的方式。作為足球運動員,我們很幸運,可以週遊世界。我所經歷的最好的旅行之一是以色列。

斯旺西鎮內鋒艾弗-阿勒丘奇:在那裡踢球很可愛,因為我們在一月份離開英國的雪地,到以色列去踢球。

梅爾-霍普金斯;後衛,托特納姆熱刺隊。我只記得當我們到達特拉維夫時,去體育場的路途會讓你望而卻步。我們坐上大巴,穿過泥土路,灰塵到處飛。球場很糟糕,門柱是實心的方形--我想,"上帝啊,如果你打中了其中一個,你會殺了自己。

艾弗-阿爾徹奇。第一個進球很精彩,是一個30碼的球。

戴夫-鮑文;阿森納隊長兼邊鋒:那晚我進了一球,是我為威爾士打進的唯一一球。我們把他們帶回了卡迪夫,我們以2比0贏得了那場比賽。那是一個光輝的夜晚。

克里夫-瓊斯;托特納姆熱刺隊的邊鋒。我得到了第二個進球,我在跑動中用我的左腳從大約20碼的地方打進了球門,這使我們進入了世界盃。

梅爾-霍普金斯。我想最大的慶祝是當我第二天打開門,看到有人拿着一個裝滿橙子的盒子,那是來自卡迪夫的以色列協會。

戴夫-鮑文:當我們獲得參賽資格時,喜悅中帶着些許悲傷,因為第二天有8名曼聯球員在慕尼黑機場的空難中喪生,他們是我周六在海布里球場6.3萬人面前的對手。吉米-墨菲是曼聯的助理經理,周六我們在海布里的比賽結束後,我和吉米以及傑克-凱爾西一起去了卡迪夫,在海布里的台階上和曼聯的小伙子們握手,說:"小伙子們,祝你們好運。

克里夫-瓊斯。他曾為威爾士隊效力,是一名強壯的邊鋒,他把這一點帶到了他的教練中。他喜歡勝利,喜歡把他的腳放進去一點。他宣揚我們和任何人一樣優秀,只是要相信自己。

肯-瓊斯;卡迪夫城隊的門將。他是一個110%的威爾士人--這個人的激情就足夠了。他的熱情會影響到你,在他的團隊談話中,你脖子上的頭髮會豎起來,因為他非常直率,直奔主題。

Terry Medwin:他是一個球員的經理。他非常棒,他會讓你做一些小事,他知道,作為一個足球運動員,這些小事不會有任何區別,比如喝幾杯啤酒。他把我們當人看,而不是像孩子一樣。

我們從未真正準備過。他們只是挑選了球隊,給你發了見面的細節,還有其他的。

戴夫-鮑文:當時的球隊並不差。我們在邊線上有大個子約翰-查爾斯、艾弗-阿勒丘奇和克里夫-瓊斯。威爾士總是產生偉大的球員,但我們似乎沒有在晚上作為一個團隊融合。但是,當我們去瑞典時,我們直接把它扔出了窗外,我們非常難以[擊敗]。

約翰-查爾斯:我們很團結,很享受彼此的陪伴。團隊精神是偉大的。我們有克利菲-瓊斯、特里-梅德溫、我的兄弟梅爾文和傑克-凱爾西擔任門將,這種戰友關係非常好。我們有很多大牌球員。有一些老球員和一些年輕人,我認為我們很好地結合在一起。我想這是我們最好的球隊之一。

肯-瓊斯。我在看台上看了以色列隊的比賽,我當時在卡迪夫城的預備隊,所以從我看比賽到我收到威爾士足協的信,告訴我被選中參加世界盃,我是從無到有。所以這有點像一個童話故事。

克里夫-瓊斯。吉米-墨菲知道,如果我們表現出色,我們會給任何人一場比賽,我們確實認為我們有機會,並讓我們這一帶的球隊感到困難。

約翰-查爾斯:我錯過了很多比賽,1958年我不得不求着去瑞典,但他們(尤文圖斯)最後還是讓我去了。

梅爾-霍普金斯。當大約翰出現在薩爾茨約巴登的[酒店]時,吉米-墨菲進來說,'大約翰來了,夥計們'。這就像耶穌基督為門徒們出現一樣。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯;西布羅姆維奇隊後衛。我想他來的時候我正在門廳,除了是一名優秀的球員之外,他看起來非常漂亮--古銅色的皮膚和剪裁完美的輕型意大利西裝。

梅爾-查爾斯;斯旺西鎮中鋒:當我們在吃早餐時,委員會開始唱 "因為他是一個快樂的好傢夥"。他就像一個希臘神,他的到來讓我們也很興奮。

約翰-查爾斯:參加世界盃很奇怪。匈牙利有一個偉大的名字。就在那之前,他們有一支偉大的球隊,有普斯卡斯和他們所有人,我們認為這將是非常困難的。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:我們可以滿懷信心地對待這場比賽,因為我們知道我們是一支優秀的球隊。很明顯,我們知道我們會有一場艱難的比賽,因為匈牙利的聲譽。

克里夫-瓊斯。與匈牙利的比賽是一場非常激烈的比賽,他們是一支優秀的球隊--一支非常健康的球隊,一支擁有優秀個人的優秀足球隊。他們先是1-0領先,我們非常強烈地反擊。

約翰-查爾斯:能進球真好。

特里-梅德溫:我可以看到他在六碼區的遠門柱上,他在球來的時候自然而然地把球頂了進去,就像一條蛇向你走來。

克里夫-瓊斯。你可以聽到他把球打進球門後方時的砰砰聲。吉米-墨菲對我們的表現非常滿意,他說我們與歐洲最好的球隊之一相匹配,他說得很對。

克里夫-瓊斯。在我的記憶中,這並不是一場非常好的比賽。有很多身體上的挑戰被放在這裡和那裡,比賽從來沒有真正的流動過。

梅爾-查爾斯:那場比賽有點粗糙。我記得科林[韋伯斯特,威爾士的曼聯前鋒]踢了後衛,觀眾在球場上跳來跳去,追着科林到處跑。

科林-貝克;卡迪夫城隊的邊鋒:他們是一支有球的球隊,很難從他們身上拿到球,但我們設法取得了進球,我們差點就取得了好成績。

梅爾-霍普金斯:我記得他們的進球,因為我記得他們互相祝賀,而我坐在地板上看着球進網後。我們當時正處於平穩狀態--我們以為我們已經贏了。

克里夫-瓊斯。東道國在世界盃上總是表現出色,我們知道我們將面臨一場艱難的比賽。如果有人在賽前說我們會得到一場平局,那麼我們就會滿足於此,這就是我們的結果。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:我認為我們在與瑞典隊的比賽中打得不錯,但我們的運氣不好。傑克-凱爾西踢得很好,他們打了一次木板。在那場比賽中,我們以0-0平局告終,這讓我們鬆了一口氣。

約翰-查爾斯:威爾士隊的選拔者和他們的妻子都在那裡,他們在前三場比賽後都預訂了回程的飛機。他們不得不飛回英格蘭再飛回來。這真的令人難以置信,因為他們說,'我們不會走太遠,他們會在第一輪就出局,所以我們會回家'。這表明他們對我們沒有信心,認為他們會在第一周左右出去度假。

克里夫-瓊斯。我們知道我們是有機會的。我們已經和匈牙利隊交過手了,我們比他們更有優勢,這一點毫無疑問。吉米在他的團隊談話中強調了這一點,我們帶着一種非常自信的氣氛出去,我們可以得到一個結果。

特里-梅德溫:我們進攻,進攻,進攻,而他們也做了同樣的事情,但身體素質更好一些,他們在那場比賽中給了大約翰很大的壓力。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:裁判確實做出了一些可疑的決定,我不知道這是因為他是俄羅斯人還是什麼,但他確實傾向於匈牙利一方。

克里夫-瓊斯。如果你願意的話,約翰受到了很多身體上的虐待,說得溫和一點,他被踢出了球場。

約翰-查爾斯:那天他們把我踢出了地獄。我想他們踢了我的後背,我的腿後面都是黑色和藍色。我無法報復--我無法抓到任何人,因為我的腿很疼!"。

梅爾-查爾斯:他們把他踢得很慘,但我們對此無能為力,約翰在比賽中一直在跛行。

Terry Medwin:那是一場非常艱難的比賽。我們1-0落後,艾弗-阿勒丘奇打進一個精彩的進球,將比分扳成1-1。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:我們的第一個進球是艾弗-阿勒丘奇的一個偉大的進球,我們急切地想要把自己拉平。他從半場衝出,飛身而起,將球射入上角。我們必須感謝特里-梅德溫從右路傳中並將球打進。

泰瑞-梅德溫。幸運的是我拿到了冠軍。這對威爾士來說是一個很好的結果,使我們在地圖上出現。對我們這樣的小國來說,進入四分之一決賽就像進入了半決賽或決賽。它是那麼大。但那場比賽令人難過的是,大約翰受傷了。

梅爾-霍普金斯。吉姆真的很高興,因為在他看來,我們做得非常好,因為沒有人想到我們會在第一輪預選賽之後走得更遠。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:我想我們很可能在賽後喝了幾杯,只是為了讓自己冷靜下來。顯然,作為一個專業人員,我們沒有過火--如果你相信,你就會相信任何事情。

約翰-查爾斯:我不能參加對巴西的比賽。醫生說,'你不能上場,約翰',所以我沒有。我想回家,我說,'我在這裡沒有用,吉米,我要回家'。但他不允許我這樣做。

斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯:我們堅持計劃,這是一個很好的計劃,因為巴西隊幾乎沒有射門的機會。他們幾乎擁有所有的球權,但傑克-凱爾西在上半場沒有做出任何撲救。

梅爾-霍普金斯。我們認為,如果我們能繼續保持這樣的狀態,而他們看起來並不像在進球,因為他們的防守做得非常好,我們完全有機會搶到一個進球,因為我們在上半場有幾次機會。

約翰-查爾斯:如果他們不進球,你總是有機會的,你可能會抓住一個機會,這就是我們認為我們可能做到的。

特里-梅德溫:那天對陣巴西的比賽中,有更多的傳球需要有人來插上,約翰會是最理想的人選。

Ivor Allchurch。球隊踢得很好,不幸的是,有一個叫貝利的年輕人為巴西隊踢球,他確實幸運地進了一個球。

Terry Medwin:即使在那個時候,他(貝利)也是領先於所有人的。他無疑是我見過的最好的球員。

梅爾-查爾斯:我現在可以看到那個進球。他的腳被絆了一下,球滴入遠角,讓我們心碎。

梅爾-霍普金斯:他非常嫻熟地把球帶下來,只是轉身射門,球打在斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯的腳上,傑克-凱爾西往一邊走,球從另一邊慢慢滾入網中。我跑進網裡,大約有六名巴西球員互相擁抱,試圖拿到球,繼續比賽。

戴夫-鮑文:傑克-凱爾西總是發誓說那個進球是斯圖爾特-威廉姆斯的偏轉。傑克說,'我已經把它蓋住了',但它只是發生了一點偏轉,欺騙了他。

梅爾-查爾斯:如果貝利或迪迪打進了一個漂亮的進球,那麼我想我們不會介意這個問題,但它是如何溜進去的,這才是令人失望的地方。

肯-瓊斯。這不是一個精彩的進球,但對他們來說是非常重要的,我們沒能從中回過神來。球員們表現出的熱情和勇氣,當終場哨聲響起時,我的心落了下來--不是為了輸球,而是為了那一刻在球場上付出110%的小伙子們。我為他們感到非常遺憾。

艾弗-阿勒丘奇。世界上最好的球隊將我們淘汰出局,而且只差一個球。

戴夫-鮑文:。吉米-墨菲總是對我說:"戴夫,如果大約翰能在與巴西隊的比賽中保持健康,我們就能取得更大的進步。

約翰-查爾斯:吉米就是這樣的人,他總是會說這樣的話。我認為他們無論如何都會擊敗我們,因為他們是一支偉大的球隊,一支出色的球隊。

梅爾-查爾斯:我們有點不高興,因為我們被排除在世界盃之外,不得不回到家裡--如果能進入半決賽就好了。我們為能穿上這件球衣而感到自豪,這就是為什麼我們做得這麼好。

特里-梅德溫:巴西隊展示了他們的水平,在決賽中毫不費力地擊敗了法國和瑞典。

戴夫-鮑文:這是一場精彩的比賽,很高興能參與其中。

梅爾-霍普金斯。我們都飛到希思羅機場,以不同的方式散去。沒有任何慶祝活動,我們回來後一切都恢復了正常。

梅爾-查爾斯:我們回到家,我記得在斯旺西下了火車,我們三個人走過去,艾弗、特里-梅德溫和我,收票員說:"你去哪兒了,梅爾?又去度假了?"他沒有意識到我們一直在參加世界盃的比賽!"。


Wales' appearance at this year's World Cup finals will be the country's first appearance since the exploits of 1958, when Jimmy Murphy's side reached the quarter-finals.

But political uncertainty in the Middle East handed Wales a second chance when a host of opponents refused to play Israel. • None BBC Cymru Wales with Wales at the World Cup

Following a draw of all second placed teams, and after Belgium also refused, Wales were handed the opportunity to face Israel over two games to decide which team would qualify for the World Cup in Sweden.

Only two of Wales' 18-man squad which travelled to Sweden in the summer of 1958 - Cliff Jones and Terry Medwin - are still alive

But from interviews conducted by the BBC over the years, the story of 1958 is recalled in the words of some of the players who made history 64 years ago.

A second chance in the Play-offs

John Charles; Centre-forward, Juventus: Nobody expected us to get there. We were lucky to get there in the first place. We got knocked out … but we still had to beat Israel.

Terry Medwin; Outside-right: Tottenham Hotspur: In early 1958 we had to play Israel home and away and we won the games 2-0, home and away. That's the way we got through. We were lucky as footballers to travel around the world. One of the best trips I've ever been on was Israel.

Ivor Allchurch; Inside Forward, Swansea Town: It was lovely to play out there because we were leaving the snows of Britain in January to go out to Israel to play out there.

Mel Hopkins; Full-back, Tottenham Hotspur: All I can remember when we got to Tel Aviv was the trip to the stadium was something that would have put you off. We went on a bus where we went through dirt roads and dust flying everywhere. The pitch was awful and the goalposts were solid square - I thought, 'God, if you hit one of those you're going to kill yourself.'

Ivor Allchurch: The first goal was a cracker, a 30-yarder.

Dave Bowen; Captain and wing-half, Arsenal: I scored a goal that night, the only one I ever scored for Wales. We brought them back to Cardiff and we won that match 2-0. It was a glorious night.

Cliff Jones; Winger, Tottenham Hotspur: I got the second goal, which I took on the run and with my left foot hit into the back of the net from about 20 yards and that put us into the World Cup.

Mel Hopkins: The biggest celebration I suppose was when I opened my door the following day and saw someone with a box full of oranges, which was from the Israel association in Cardiff.

Dave Bowen: When we qualified the joy was clouded a little bit with sorrow, because the following day eight Manchester United players, that I'd played against on the Saturday in front of 63,000 at Highbury, were killed in the air crash at Munich airport. Jimmy Murphy was the assistant manager of Manchester United and after we played the match at Highbury on the Saturday I went along with Jimmy and Jack Kelsey down to Cardiff and shook the hands of the United lads on the steps at Highbury and said, 'Good luck lads'.

Cliff Jones: He had played for Wales himself, a strong tackling wing-half and he brought that into his coaching. He liked to win and liked to put his foot in a little bit. He preached that we were as good as anybody, just to believe in ourselves.

Ken Jones; Goalkeeper, Cardiff City: He was a 110% Welshman - the passion of the man was enough. It rubs off on you, the hair on the back of your neck stood up with his team talks because he was very blunt and to the point.

Terry Medwin: He was a players' manager. He was fantastic and he'd let you do little things that he knew, as a footballer himself, didn't make any difference like having a few beers. He treated us like human beings and not like kids.

John Charles: We never prepared really. They just picked the team, sent you the details of where to meet and what have you.

Dave Bowen: It wasn't a bad side at the time. We had big John Charles and Ivor Allchurch and Cliff Jones on the touchline. Wales always produced great players but we didn't seem to gel on the night as a team. But when we went to Sweden we threw that straight out of the window and we were very difficult [to beat].

John Charles: We were well knitted and enjoyed each other's company. The team spirit was great. That comradeship was a great thing and we had Cliffy Jones, Terry Medwin, my brother Melvin and Jack Kelsey in goal. We had a lot of big name players. There were a few old ones and a few youngsters and I think we combined well together. I think it was one of the best teams that we had.

Ken Jones: I saw the Israel game in the stand, I was in Cardiff City's reserve team so it was from rags to riches from the time I watched the game to the moment in time I had a letter from the Welsh FA telling me that I'd been selected to go to the World Cup. So it was a bit of a fairy-tale.

Cliff Jones: Jimmy Murphy knew that if we performed we would give anybody a game and we did go out thinking we were in with a chance and making things difficult for teams in our section.

John Charles: I missed a lot of matches and in 1958 I had to beg to go to Sweden but they [Juventus] let me go in the end.

Mel Hopkins: When Big John appeared [at the hotel] in Saltsjöbaden, Jimmy Murphy came in and said, 'Big John has arrived lads'. It was like Jesus Christ appearing for the disciples.

Stuart Williams; Full-back, West Bromwich Albion: I think I was in the foyer when he arrived and apart from being a good player he looked magnificent - well bronzed and an immaculately cut lightweight Italian suit.

Mel Charles; Centre-half, Swansea Town: The committee got up and started singing, 'For he's a jolly good fellow' as we were having breakfast. He was like a Greek God and it enthused us as well that he had arrived.

John Charles: Being in the World Cup was strange. Hungary had a great name. Just before then they had a great team with Puskas and all them and we thought it was going to be very hard.

Stuart Williams: We could approach the game with confidence because we knew we were a good side. Obviously we knew we were going to have a hard game because of Hungary's reputation.

Cliff Jones: The game against Hungary was a very tight game, they were an excellent side - a very fit side and a good footballing side with good outstanding individuals. They went 1-0 up first, we came back very strongly.

John Charles: It was nice to score.

Terry Medwin: I can see him in the six yard box at the far post and he headed the ball natural as it came and just stuck it in like a snake coming at you.

Cliff Jones: You could hear the thud as he hit it into the back of the net. Jimmy Murphy was very pleased with how we performed, he said we'd matched one of the best sides in Europe and he was quite right.

Cliff Jones: It wasn't a very good game of what I can remember of it. There was quite a bit of physical challenges being put in here and there and the game never really flowed at all.

Mel Charles: It was a bit rough that was. I remember Colin [Webster, Wales' Manchester United forward] kicking the full-back and the crowd jumping on the pitch chasing Colin all over the pitch.

Colin Baker; Wing-half, Cardiff City : They were a team of ball players and hard to get the ball off them but we managed to get the goal and we were nearly onto a good result there.

Mel Hopkins: I remember the goal they scored because I remember them congratulating each other and me sitting on the floor watching the ball in the back of the net. We were coasting - we thought we'd had it won.

Cliff Jones: Host nations always do well in World Cups and we knew we were in for a tough game. If somebody had said we'd get a draw before the game then we would have settled for it and that's what we got.

Stuart Williams: I thought we played well against Sweden but we rode our luck. Jack Kelsey played well and they hit the woodwork once. We were relieved to come out with a 0-0 draw in that one.

John Charles: The Welsh selectors and their wives were there and they had all booked their planes back after the first three matches. They had to fly back to England and fly back out. It was unbelievable really because they'd said, 'We won't get very far and they'll go out in the first round so we'll go home'. It showed they had no faith in us and thought they'd go out there on holiday for the first week or so.

Cliff Jones: We knew we were in with a shout. We had already played Hungary and we'd had the better of them, there's no doubt about that. Jimmy emphasised this in his team talk and we went out with a very confident air about us that we could get a result.

Terry Medwin: We attacked, attacked, attacked and they did exactly the same, but a bit more physical and they gave Big John terrible stick in that game.

Stuart Williams: The referee did give some dubious decisions, I don't know whether it was because he was Russian or what but he did tend to favour the Hungarian side.

Cliff Jones: John came in for a lot of physical abuse if you like and to put it mildly he was kicked right off the park.

John Charles: They kicked hell out of me that day. I think they kicked me in the back and the back of my legs were all black and blue. I couldn't retaliate - I couldn't catch anybody because my leg was hurting!

Mel Charles: They kicked hell out of him but we couldn't do nothing about that and John was limping all the way through the game.

Terry Medwin: It was a very hard game. We were 1-0 down and Ivor Allchurch scored a fantastic goal to make it 1-1.

Stuart Williams: The first goal we got, which we were desperate for to pull ourselves level was a great goal by Ivor Allchurch. He did a surging run from halfway and let fly and it flew into the top corner. For the winner we had to thank Terry Medwin coming in from the right and slotting one home.

Terry Medwin: Luckily I got the winner. It was a good result for Wales and put us on the map. Getting to the quarter finals for a small country like us was like getting to the semis or the final. It was that big. But what was sad about that game is that Big John got injured.

Mel Hopkins: Jim was really pleased because as far as he was concerned we had done a terrific job because nobody expected us to get any further than the first qualifying rounds.

Stuart Williams: I think we most probably had a few drinks after the game just to calm ourselves down. Obviously being dedicated professional we didn't go over the top - and if you believe that you'll believe anything.

John Charles: I couldn't play against Brazil . The doctor said, 'You can't play John' so I didn't. I wanted to come back home, I said, 'I'm no good here Jimmy I'll go back home'. But he wouldn't let me.

Stuart Williams: We stuck to the plan and it was a good one because Brazil hardly had a shot on goal. They had nearly all the ball, but Jack Kelsey didn't have a save to make in the first half.

Mel Hopkins: We thought if we could keep going like we were, and they didn't look like scoring because the defence was playing so well, that there was every opportunity we could have snatched a goal because we had a couple of chances in the first half.

John Charles: You're always in with a chance if they're not scoring and you might just nick one and that's what we thought we might do.

Terry Medwin: More crosses went over that day against Brazil that just needed somebody to stick it in and John would have been ideal.

Ivor Allchurch: The team played well, unfortunately there was a young chap called Pele playing for Brazil and he did get a fortunate goal.

Terry Medwin: Even at that time he [Pele] was streets ahead of everybody. He's certainly the best player that I've ever seen.

Mel Charles: I can see that goal now. He stubbed his foot and the ball trickled into the far corner and broke our hearts.

Mel Hopkins: He brought the ball down very skilfully, just turned and shot and it hit Stuart Williams' foot and Jack Kelsey went one way and the ball slowly rolled into the net the other way. I went running into the net with about six Brazilian players hugging each other to try and get the ball and to get on with the game.

Dave Bowen: Jack Kelsey always swore that the goal was a deflection off Stuart Williams. Jack said, 'I had it covered' but it just took a little deflection and deceived him.

Mel Charles: If Pele or Didi had scored a cracking goal then I don't think we would have minded about that but how it trickled in, that was the disappointing thing about it.

Ken Jones: It wasn't a spectacular goal but it was damn important for them and we couldn't come back from it. With all the enthusiasm and guts that the players had produced, when that final whistle went my heart fell down - not for the sake of losing but for the lads that were on the pitch that moment in time and had given 110%. I felt so sorry for them.

Ivor Allchurch: It took the best team in the world to knock us out and that was only by one goal.

Dave Bowen:: Jimmy Murphy always said to me, 'Dave, if Big John had been fit for that match against Brazil we'd have progressed further still'.

John Charles: Jimmy was like that and would always say something like that. I think they would have beaten us anyway because they were a great side, a wonderful side.

Mel Charles: We were a bit upset because we were out of the World Cup and had to come back home - it would have been lovely to go on into the semi-finals. We were proud to put that jersey on and that's why we did so well.

Terry Medwin: Brazil showed their class and went on to beat France and then Sweden in the final with no problem at all.

Dave Bowen: It was a wonderful competition and it was a pleasure to have taken part.

Mel Hopkins: We all flew into Heathrow and dispersed different ways. There was no celebration whatsoever, it was all back to normal when we got back.

Mel Charles: We got back home and I remember getting off the train at Swansea and three of us walked through, Ivor, Terry Medwin and myself and the ticket collector said, 'Where have you been Mel? On holiday again?' He hadn't realised we'd been playing at the World Cup!

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