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Terry's golden goal

Posted on 8 October 2015  - 13:05

Terry Medwin scored arguably Wales' most important international goal - although it could well be overtaken in the next few days.

Terry strikes the play-off winner against Hungary to take Wales into the quarter-finals of the 1958 World CupThe Wales team including Spurs trio Mel Hopkins (back row, third from right), Terry Medwin (front, far left) and Cliff Jones (front, far right)Pele scores the only goal of the game in the World Cup quarter-final clash against Wales in 1958

The Spurs, Swansea and Wales legend fired the Dragons into the quarter-finals of the World Cup in their one and only appearance in a major tournament back in 1958.

Famously, Wales - including Terry's fellow Spurs team-mates Mel Hopkins and Cliff Jones but without injured talisman John Charles - then fought eventual-winners Brazil every step of the way and were beaten by the only goal of the game, which just happened to be Pele's first-ever World Cup goal, aged 17 years, 239 days. The rest is history as Brazil lifted the trophy in Sweden and followed up in 1962 and 1970.

For Terry, now 83, it was the highlight of an international career that spanned 10 years and 30 caps between 1953-63 - a career that was so sadly cut short by injury at the age of 30.

A member of Bill Nicholson's squad that won the double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962 and European Cup Winners Cup in 1963, Terry played 215 times for us, scoring 72 goals between 1956-63.

Below: Terry picture at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday

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"I remember all my favourite goals for Swansea Schoolboys, Swansea and then going to Spurs and scoring twice on my debut against Preston in 1956 - Tom Finney was playing for Preston that day," smiled Terry, a guest at the Liberty Stadium for our 2-2 draw last weekend.

"I've such great memories of the World Cup in 1958. I remember we stayed in a hotel about six miles outside Stockholm. It was beautiful. The Scottish lads were there as well.

"We had three draws in the group, 0-0 against Sweden and 1-1 against Hungary and Mexico. We then had to play Hungary again in a play-off. They went 1-0 up, Ivor Allchurch scored the equaliser and I managed to get the winner, what a moment!

"We then played Brazil but John Charles, a terrific player for us, was out injured. Brazil had some fantastic players but we pushed them all the way. Pele scored the winner."

Naturally, Terry is willing the Wales class of 2015 to get over their final hurdles against Bosnia and Andorra to qualify for the Euro 2016 Finals in France next summer - they need two points to qualify automatically, although a point might be enough.

"It would be fantastic if they made it," said Terry. "We're all behind them. It's been too long really and it would be great for the players and for the country."

Look out for Terry's Big Interview on Friday...