WALES have played Iran once - and the win in Tehran 44 years ago was inspired by Wrexham players.

One of them, Mickey Thomas, remembers the game and the goal saying: “You can watch it on Youtube! I beat about five players to set up the goal.”

Former Cardiff City star Phil Dwyer scored the only back in April 1978 - just four days before Thomas returned to The Racecourse to score the opening goal in a 7-1 rout of Rotherham that sealed promotion to the old Second Division for Arfon Griffiths’ side.

Les Cartwright, who had come off the bench in Iran, scored the seventh in a never-to-be-forgotten win where 16,586 Wrexham fans celebrated in style.

Others to have played in both games were goalkeeper Dai Davies and captain Gareth Davies.

Joey Jones, who would return to Wrexham from Liverpool later that year in a £210,000 record transfer at the time, was also in the starting line-up while Brian Flynn, who would go on to be Wrexham’s longest serving manager ever, was also on the bench in Tehran