SOME QPR fans will be celebrating 1st March today acknowledging St. David’s Day.
A number of former R’s have represented Wales over the course of their career and we’ve selected our Top 10 Wales Internationals.
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10: Michael Meaker
Wales Caps: 2
Michael Meaker was capped twice at full international level as well as B international and under-21 levels.
9: Brian Law
Wales Caps: 1
Brian Law played for Wales U15 school boys, represented and captained the Youth team at U16, U18, U21's as well as the B team against England at Tranmere. Despite having only played a handful of games for Queens Park Rangers, Law was called up to the Wales senior squad in April 1990 when, Rangers coach and Wales assistant manager, Peter Shreeves recommended him to Wales manager Terry Yorath after an injury crisis had resulted in a large number of withdrawals from the squad. He was handed his debut on 25 April 1990 in a 4–2 defeat to Sweden.
8: Danny Nardiello
Wales Caps: 1
Because of his mixed heritage, Danny Nardiello could have played international football for Wales, England, or Italy. He played at under-15 and under-16 levels for England. However, in the end he decided to follow his father, Donato, who played twice for Wales in the early 1980s. He made his first appearance for Wales in a friendly against New Zealand on 26 May 2007, coming on as a 65th minute substitute for Robert Earnshaw.
7: Paul Jones
Wales Caps: 50
Paul Jones made his international debut against Scotland on 27 May 1997, coming on as a half-time substitute for Andy Marriott. Jones won his 50th Welsh cap against Slovakia on 7 October 2006 but had a match to forget. Wales were beaten 5–1, their worst home result for 98 years. He marked the occasion with 50 shaved in his hair.
6: Robbie James
Wales Caps: 47
Robbie James represented his country on 47 occasions over a period of ten years, scoring a total of seven goals.
5: Leighton James
Wales Caps: 54
In 1971 Leighton James won his first international cap against Czechoslovakia. Altogether, he played 54 times for Wales and scored 10 goals.
4: Jeremy Charles
Wales Caps: 19
Jeremy Charles made his debut for Wales on 19 November 1980 in a 1–0 win over Czechoslovakia. He went on to win a total of 19 caps, scoring his only goal in a 1–0 win over Bulgaria before making his final appearance on 10 September 1986 in a 1–1 draw with Finland.
3: Tony Roberts
Wales Caps: 2
Roberts had previously been capped at under-18 level for Wales before earning his first cap for the under-21 side on 5 December 1990 in a 0–0 draw with England. His performance in the match earned him his first call-up to the senior side one month later.
During his career, he won two full international caps as a substitute in matches against Republic of Ireland on 17 February 1993 and San Marino on 31 August 1996, as well as being selected 30 times as backup goalkeeper to Neville Southall. He has also became the first Welshman to be capped at both full and semi-professional level as he helped his country win the non-league 'Home International' series twice.
2: Karl Ready
Wales Caps: 5
Karl Ready made appearances for both the Wales under-21 and B sides before making his senior debut on 11 February 1997 during a 0–0 draw with Republic of Ireland. He appeared in three of Wales' next seven matches before winning his fifth and final cap on 6 June 1998 in a 4–0 defeat against Tunisia.
1: Ivor Powell
Wales Caps: 8
Powell made eight international caps for Wales and was also a war-time international. In one game he was replaced by Englishman Stan Mortensen in a game between England and Wales when his injury left the Welsh side without an available substitute. He made 159 appearances for QPR in a 12-year spell that was interrupted by the War. He scored two goals. He was part of the R's team that clinched the Division Three South title in 1948 and was our first post-war player to be capped.