Great one-offs – Wales, 1988

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After seven years with adidas, Wales signed a deal with Hummel in 1987, first wearing the new home strip against Fulham at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on April 1 of that year.

Red shorts were back after adidas had favoured white sets and, while yellow was kept as the change kit choice, trim was now black rather than the green used by the German firm.

Wales finished third in their four-team group in the qualification for Euro 88, two points behind group winners Denmark, and for the Italia 90 qualifiers they found themselves in the same pool as the newly minted European champions, the Netherlands.

First up for Terry Yorath’s men was a trip to Amsterdam The Dutch were back in their diagonal parallelogram adidas template, having won the European Championship in a shirt worn just five times and their orange hue caused a problem as it was considered a clash with both of Wales’ shirts.

The logical solution was for Hummel to produce a shirt that was almost a straight reversal of the home jersey – the only deviation being the fact that the neck was the same, white with red trim. The home shorts were used along with white socks. Perhaps surprisingly, it was the first time since an 1893 meeting with Ireland that Wales had played in solid white shirts.

Wales fell to a 1-0 defeat but the shirts themselves are now very-much sought after due to their rarity value. The Hummel deal would come to an end in 1990, with Wales joining forces with Umbro and later Lotto and Kappa.

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