Worn once v England Lost 0-3 20th May 1972
This style of Wales shirt is genuinely a rare "one off", due to it being made by Bukta, just for the one game against England in the Home International Championship. Umbro, were the normal manufacturers of Wales kit at the time, having been since the end of the Second World War and even after this particular game, would remain so for a further two and half years.
The reason Bukta supplied the kit for this game?? Well a local Cardiff sports shop agreed to sponsor the Welsh kit- we are assuming that Bukta also made the shorts and socks, but have never seen any so can not confirm this- just for this one game, and provided at least a set of Bukta shirts for the occasion. Wales were not going to use Bukta as kit suppliers until 1975 and then, strangely only for one calendar year. It was good to see that the tradition of match detail embroidery above the national Crest continued for the match, even with it being a "one off", but these crest patches would have been made as normal and then applied to the Bukta shirts. The shirt was actually made from a material called Bri-Nylon -if there were ever going to be replica's in 1972 they would have been made from this material!- and could not have been the most comfortable shirt for the players to wear in the Cardiff sunshine, especially when you realise they were all long sleeved! Maybe that’s the excuse for the heavy defeat!! Because at this time Welsh players were still only issued with one shirt per game, there will be only 14 outfield shirts in existence, therefore making the two in my collection, Rod Thomas no.3 and Malcolm Page no.15, genuinely rare styles of shirt.