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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 October, 2004, 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK
Yesterday's men
By Chris Bevan and Paul Fletcher

England last played Wales on 2 May 1984 in a Home Championship match at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

The match was notable for the debut of Wales striker Mark Hughes, who scored the only goal of the game to hand his team a slender victory and bragging rights for more than 20 years.

The Home Internationals were scrapped at the end of the 1984 campaign and the two teams have not met since.

But what happened to the players who lined up all those years ago?


Mike England
Manager - Mike England: In charge of Wales from 1980-88, narrowly failing to reach the 1986 World Cup finals and the 1988 European Championships. Awarded an MBE in 1986 but left football in 1988 to run his own timber business and now owns two nursing homes in North Wales.

Neville Southall
Neville Southall (Everton): Won a record 93 caps and played until he was 43. Goalkeeper coach at several clubs, he had a short spell as Dover boss in 2001 and now coaches the Wales Under-19 side.

Dave Phillips (Plymouth): The German-born defender was winning the first of 62 caps. Now has his own soccer school and also coaches Coventry City's Under-14s and a local college side - as well as working in the media.

ON 2 MAY 1984....
Lionel Ritchie was at number one with 'Hello'
Betamax was the video of choice
The miners' strike was raging
Fluorescent socks were the height of fashion
Joey Jones (Chelsea): A legend at the Racecourse as player and coach for Wrexham, Jones left the Dragons' staff after heart surgery in 2002 and now holds an ambassadorial role at the club.

Jeff Hopkins (Fulham): Stalwart defender who moved to Australia in the late 1990s to play and coach with Gippsland Falcons and Eastern Pride. Now coaching at Derby County's academy Down Under.

Kevin Ratcliffe (Everton): Everton's captain during their glory years in the 1980s, he was manager of Shrewsbury when they were relegated from the League in 2003. Now works in the media, and is also on the after-dinner circuit as well as coaching Wales Under-19s.

Alan Davies
Alan Davies (Manchester United): Then a rising star at Old Trafford, his career never lived up to its early promise and after spells at Newcastle, Bradford and Swansea, a disillusioned Davies committed suicide in 1992.

Mickey Thomas
Mickey Thomas (Chelsea): A maverick winger, his controversial career ended when he went to jail for passing counterfeit money to Wrexham trainees in 1993. Now a radio pundit and after-dinner speaker.

Robbie James (Stoke): Powerful midfielder who was still playing at the age of 40 for Welsh League side Llanelli when he tragically collapsed and died on the pitch in 1998.

Ian Rush (Liverpool): Rush notched 32 league goals in 1983/84 - the best season of his prolific career. After retiring in 1999 he ran soccer schools in north Wales and coached Liverpool's strikers before beginning his managerial career at his first club Chester this season.

Gordon Davies
Gordon Davies (Fulham): Fulham's record goalscorer, Davies hit 159 goals for the Cottagers from 1978-91 and still has a role at Fulham as corporate host at Craven Cottage on match days. Also runs his own pest control business.

Mark Hughes made his debut against England
Mark Hughes (Manchester United): Began his managerial career as Wales boss in 1999. Appointed manager of Blackburn last month, he steps down as national boss after Wednesday's game against Poland.


Sir Bobby Robson took England to the World Cup semi-final in 1990
Manager - Sir Bobby Robson: Plain old Bobby back in 1984, Robson spent most of the decade on the wrong end of tabloid headlines. Took the team to the brink of the 1990 World Cup final before making a successful return to club management. Recently left his post as Newcastle manager.

Peter Shilton (Southampton): Shilton won a record 125 caps for England in a playing career spanning 31 years. Had three years as manager at Plymouth, has an OBE and has just released his autobiography.

Mike Duxbury lines up for England
Mike Duxbury (Manchester United): Duxbury, who won 10 England caps, was a faithful servant of Manchester United. He was given a testimonial by them in 1989 and was recently a coach at a Manchester United soccer skills clinic in Hong Kong.

Alan Kennedy (Liverpool): This was one of just two caps won by the Liverpool defender. After a lengthy playing career Kennedy now, amongst other things, hosts tours of Anfield for lifestyle experience company Red Letter Days.

Sammy Lee (Liverpool): Lee won a host of trophies as a combative midfielder at Liverpool and was until recently a coach at Anfield. He left that position to take up a full-time role with the England national team.

Alvin Martin was a committed performer for England
Alvin Martin (West Ham United): Martin made 600 appearances for West Ham in the centre of defence. Tried management with Southend and now works in the media.

Mark Wright (Southampton): Wright made his debut in this match and was a member of two England World Cup squads. Has managed Southport, Oxford and Chester, who he left earlier this season.

John Gregory (QPR): After hanging up his boots Gregory had a high-profile spell as manager of Aston Villa. Known for speaking his mind, Gregory eventually departed and joined Derby, but has been out of work since leaving the Rams.

Ray Wilkins skippered England against Wales
Ray Wilkins (Manchester United): Wilkins captained the side but told BBC Sport that he cannot remember anything about the match. Wilkins signed for AC Milan eight days after the game and, after a glittering career, is now assistant manager at Millwall.

Paul Walsh (Luton Town): Walsh got a big move to Liverpool 19 days after the match and had a successful career at numerous clubs. Now works in property development and as a TV pundit.

Tony Woodcock settled in Germany after retiring
Tony Woodcock (Arsenal): Woodcock won 42 caps for England but settled in Germany after his retirement and became a qualified coach as well as working for German TV. Now lives in England and looks after various business interests.

David Armstrong (Southampton): Armstrong, who won three England caps, still lives on the south coast. He is now the director of a stationery supply company and also works in the local media.

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