19 February

On this day in 1992, Kit Symons made his first ever appearance for Wales.  

The opponents were the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and the game proved to be the first of 36 caps for Wales for the defender. Mark Pembridge scored the only goal of the game in his second appearance for the national team, under the watchful eye of manager Terry Yorath.

With the minds of Welsh football supporters still on the 3-0 defeat to Ireland less than two weeks ago, this is an opportunity to recall the last time Wales won away in Ireland.

The game was also Alan Neilson’s first of 5 cap for Wales. He was with Newcastle at the time, but Neilson would go on to play in the same defence as Symons for Fulham for three years too.

Chrisopher Jeremiah Symons started his career with Portsmouth before joining Manchester City for a £1.2 million fee in 1995.

He played a prominent role in Fulham’s journey up the league at the end of the 90s before finishing his career at Crystal Palace with over 400 League appearances to his name.

Despite being born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Symons was eligible to play for Wales as his father hailed from Cardiff.

Since retiring as a player in 2005, Symons has become a coach, taking the reins as caretaker manager at Palace twice. Currently, Symons works as an academy coach and scout for Fulham.