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The history boys are at it again Qatar 2022
Friday, 12th Nov 2021 11:32 by Gruff Stephens

Wales have qualified for the 2022 World cup qualification play off for the first time since 1958. Last nights Group B result with Spain beating Greece means Wales have finished third in the group. As a result of their Nations league success automatically qualify as an unseeded team.

That of course is only the first hurdle. Wales will need to take four points from their final two games on Saturday against Belarus, and on Tuesday against Belgium. That of course is if the Czech Republic win the same night Wales play Belgium. It’s highly unlikely that they will falter as their opponents are Estonia. However, as Georgia did last night to Sweden, a cup shock is possible.

Memories of Hopkins, Williams and Kelsey will resurface in the minds of those who can refer back to those times. Let alone Alan Harrington, a player who epitomised that era, a one club man at Ninian Park for the whole of his career. An unsung hero in those 1958 play off games, and who went unselected for the actual 1958 World Cup squad.

We will cover some of that qualification route later today, and of course the remarkable story of those group and play off games. How Wales actually got to the 1958 World Cup let alone be as successful as they were is nothing short of remarkable.

Photographs licensed from Reuters & Swansea Independent

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