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Why Wales hold out Wembley hope

Gary Speed (left) and Fabio Capello

By Peter Shuttleworth

The Welsh may not have won on the road in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, but Gary Speed's men will be buoyed by Wales' respectable Wembley record ahead of their England showdown.

Wales have lost just two of their last eight games in London, holding England to a draw in five of those Wembley clashes over the last 40 years.

And Leighton James' penalty in 1977 inspired Wales to one of the most famous triumphs in Welsh football history as the Dragons roared to their only win at Wembley.

Fabio Capello's men are unbeaten in Group G but the English have not won in their last four matches at Wembley.

So bottom side Wales do have hope ahead of their visit to leaders England, who have yet to lose a qualifier under Italian Capello, on Tuesday.

And BBC Wales Sport has opened its archives to find Wales' most memorable wins over their nearest rivals.

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BBC Sport archive: 1977 - England 0-1 Wales

England 0-1 Wales
1977 Home Internationals
Date: 31 May, 1977

Wales, the 1976 European Championship quarter-finalists, secure their only victory over England at Wembley.

Leighton James' first-half penalty in the 1977 Home International clash in 1977 clinches the first Welsh win over their biggest rivals on their home turf since 1936.

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BBC Sport archive: 1980 - Wales 4-1 England

Wales 4-1 England
Home Internationals 1980
Date: 17 May, 1980

Wales secure a memorable first home victory over England for 25 years at Wrexham in 1980.

Paul Mariner, though, gave England the lead at the Racecourse Ground before local hero Mickey Thomas and striker Ian Walsh gave Wales a half-time lead.

Leighton James, Wales' goal hero in their win over England in 1977, scored Wales' third before England defender Phil Thompson's own goal rounded off a 4-1 win for the hosts.

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BBC Sport archive: 1984 - Wales 1-0 England

Wales 1-0 England
Home Internationals 1984
Date: 2 May, 1984

Local boy Mark Hughes' debut goal earned Wales their third win over England in seven years.

The Manchester United youngster's header, 17 minutes in to his international debut proved the difference at the Racecourse Ground.

Wales' 1-0 win over England in Wrexham in May 1984 was their final Home Nations Championship meeting.



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Wales 2-1 Montenegro
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Memorable Welsh football fixtures
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Welsh football history
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Wales' international fixtures
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