Wales players’ caps to games ratios
Among the heightened anticipation of Wales’s recent qualifier in Israel the Welsh media took time out to pay tribute to Ashley Williams as he prepared to win his fiftieth, and so-called golden, cap, such as in this excellent interview with Chris Wathan. But it occurred to Russell Todd that Williams would be earning his golden cap sooner than his defensive elders Danny Gabbidon and James Collins despite making his debut 6 and 4 years later respectively. Surely, Williams had seldom missed a game in the intervening period since that Luxembourg match? It prompted deeper digging and, thanks to the comprehensive Gorau Chwarae, Cyd Chwarae archive, to calculate players’ appearance ratio i.e., number of caps earned since making their debut. Drawing on the squad for the Israel match plus absentees and recently-capped players, it makes for interesting – i.e. nerdy – reading. It also serves to identify those candidates with a chance to surpass Neville Southall’s all time record number of Welsh appearances (92) and perhaps even reach a century of caps.
All figures are up to and including the Israel fixture.