Footballers born in Swansea have won more Wales caps than any other birthplace

Swansea is the most successful birthplace of Wales footballers. That’s according to new research conducted by Barratt Homes ahead of the opening game of the FIFA World Cup on November 20th.

Research conducted by Barratt Homes has analysed the birthplace of over 3,000 footballers who have played for the home nations, to reveal which cities and towns are the leading hotspots for Wales footballers.

Swansea has been revealed as one of the most prominent places for producing footballers who have gone on to be capped by the Welsh national team. The 47 Wales internationals who were born in Swansea have won 942 caps for the national team, the highest total for any town or city.

Players born in Swansea have won the most Wales caps

Birthplace Total Number of Wales Caps
1 Swansea 942
2 Cardiff 866
3 Wrexham 468
4 Newport 349
5 Neath 307
6 Llandudno 190
7 Bangor 188
8 St Asaph 183
9 Chirk 171
10 Merthyr Tydfil 169
Birthplaces were categorised into towns/cities, boroughs/districts, counties, and regions to provide like-for-like comparisons based on the size of each birthplace.

Although both Wrexham and Cardiff can claim to be the birthplace of more Wales internationals, the 47 players born in Swansea have been capped by the national team a total of 942 times, an unmatched total by any other town or city.

The most capped player from Swansea is Dean Saunders with 75. Ivor Allchurch (68), Andy Melville (65), Cliff Jones (59), Leighton James (54) and John Hartson (51) have all won 50+ caps for the Welsh national team. Chris Coleman who won 32 caps and famously led Wales to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships was also born in Swansea.

The 47 players born in Swansea are:

  • Dean Saunders – 75 caps
  • Ivor Allchurch – 68 caps
  • Andy Melville – 65 caps
  • Cliff Jones – 59 caps
  • Leighton James – 54 caps
  • John Hartson – 51 caps
  • Robbie James – 47 caps
  • Jack Kelsey – 41 caps
  • John Charles – 38 caps
  • Trevor Ford – 38 caps
  • Gary Sprake – 37 caps
  • Chris Coleman – 32 caps
  • Mel Charles – 31 caps
  • Barrie Hole – 30 caps
  • Terry Medwin – 30 caps
  • Joe Rodon – 30 caps
  • Ray Daniel – 21 caps
  • Jeremy Charles – 19 caps
  • Jeff Hopkins – 16 caps
  • Barrie Jones – 15 caps
  • Adam Matthews – 14 caps
  • Richard Duffy – 13 caps
  • Jazz Richards – 13 caps
  • Mel Nurse – 12 caps
  • Len Allchurch – 11 caps
  • John Morgan – 10 caps
  • Billy Hole – 9 caps
  • Pat Glover – 7 caps
  • Chris Marustik – 6 caps
  • Steve Lovell – 6 caps
  • Bill Harris – 6 caps
  • Wilf Lewis – 6 caps
  • Mark Harris – 5 caps
  • Shaun MacDonald – 4 caps
  • Nigel Stevenson – 4 caps
  • Ernie Jones – 4 caps
  • Herbie Williams – 3 caps
  • Des Palmer – 3 caps
  • Dudley Lewis – 1 cap
  • Cyril Davies – 1 cap
  • Roy Evans – 1 cap
  • Michael Johnson – 1 cap
  • Vic Rouse – 1 cap
  • Harry Griffiths – 1 cap
  • Jack Parry – 1 cap
  • Jackie Roberts – 1 cap
  • Harry Thomas – 1 cap

Swansea has produced the third highest number of Wales footballers

Birthplace Players To Play for Wales
=1 Wrexham 49
=1 Cardiff 49
3 Swansea 47
4 Merthyr Tydfil 16
5 Newport 15
6 Chirk 13
7 Neath 11
=8 Bangor 10
=8 Llandudno 10
=8 Oswestry 10
Birthplaces were categorised into towns/cities, boroughs/districts, counties, and regions to provide like-for-like comparisons based on the size of each birthplace.

47 players born in Swansea have been capped by the Welsh national team. This is the third highest total for any town or city, behind only Wrexham and Cardiff (both 49).

Despite 2022 being only Wales’ second appearance at a World Cup, 19% of the 47 players born in Swansea have represented Wales on the biggest stage, with Joe Rodon and Mark Harris set to become the eighth and ninth this year.

West Glamorgan is the county that has produced the second most players capped by Wales

County Players To Play for Wales County Total Number of Wales Caps
1 Clwyd 151 1 Clwyd 1905
2 West Glamorgan 60 2 West Glamorgan 1328
3 South Glamorgan 52 3 South Glamorgan 901
4 Mid Glamorgan 47 4 Gwent 568
5 Gwent 38 5 Mid Glamorgan 505
6 Powys 30 6 Powys 288
7 Gwynedd 23 7 Gwynedd 271
7 Shropshire 23 8 Dyfed 256
9 Dyfed 16 9 Shropshire 177
9 Rhondda Cynon Taf 16 10 Devon 149
Birthplaces were categorised into towns/cities, boroughs/districts, counties, and regions to provide like-for-like comparisons based on the size of each birthplace.

60 footballers born in West Glamorgan have gone on to have the honour of playing for the Wales national team, more than any other county besides Clwyd.

Those 60 players have won 1,328 caps for the national team, also the second highest figure for a county.

More information about the research can be found at https://www.barratthomes.co.uk/sporting-hotspots

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