Leighton James

It is with great sadness that the Football Association of Wales shares the news that Cymru international Leighton James has sadly passed away at the age of 71.

James was capped 54 times and scored 10 goals for Cymru.

Amongst his most famous moments with the dragon on his shirt was scoring a penalty in a famous win over England at Wembley in 1977.

He was a star of the only Cymru team to top a qualifying group before going on to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 1976.

James played for Swansea City, Newport County and Burnley, playing over 600 games in the English Football League. He also managed several teams here in Wales, including Llanelli and Garden Village.

The thoughts of everyone at the Football Association of Wales are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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