PICTURE BY FA WALES
THE FINEST product of football on Anglesey of recent times made history tonight as he earned his 100th cap for Wales.
Wayne Hennessey was born in Bangor and raised on the island in Llanfaes near Beaumaris – where many of his family members (and coincidentally AFE himself!) live to this day.
He attended Ysgol Gynradd Beaumaris Primary School and later Ysgol David Hughes High School in Menai Bridge.
He later went on to attend Connah’s Quay High School before signing for Manchester City as a trainee.
After that, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers where he would go on to make a name for himself an established goalkeeper.
Wayne.is the cousin of Terry Hennessey who earned 39 caps for Wales from 1962 to 1972 and in May 2007 he started his own Wales journey.
In that game – a 2-2 draw v New Zealand – Wayne would make his first of what is now 100 appearances in the Wales goalkeeper jersey.
He would go on to make his 50th appearance for Wales on September 3 2015, keeping a clean sheet in an important 1–0 away win over Cyprus in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.
He played all ten of Wales’ matches in that qualifying campaign which would see them go on to qualify for the tournament itself – their first major tournament since the FIFA World Cup in 1958.
And of course it would prove to be a highly-memorable campaign for the 23-man squad, manager Chris Coleman and the whole of Wales watching on.
Hennessey missed the opening 2-1 win over Slovakia due to injury but played every other match as Wales reach the semi-finals where they lost out 2-0 to eventual champions Portugal.
He broke a record held by another legendary Welsh goalkeeper – Neville Southall – on September 3 2020 when he kept a 35th clean sheet for Wales in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League victory over Finland.
Over the years, Hennessey has established himself as Cymru’s number one and has earned 46 clean sheets in 100 caps for Wales.
Tonight, in a 1-1 friendly draw v Czech Republic, he officially became the third Welsh player – and the first from North Wales and Anglesey – to pass that century cap mark.
The other two of course are defender Chris Gunter and Wales’ record goalscorer Gareth Bale who continues to shine for his country.
He was given the honour of captaining the side on what was a remarkable occasion for the shot-stopper.
Club-wise down the years, Henno has impressed greatly with the likes of Wolves, Crystal Palace and current club Burnley playing predominantly in the Premier League and the EFL Championship.
He won the Championship with Wolves in 2008/09 and was an FA Cup runner-up with Palace in 2015/16.
The whole Isle of Anglesey is very proud of you for your achievements Wayne as is the rest of Wales I’m sure. Da Iawn!