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Then and now: A look at life in 1958, when Wales last reached the World Cup finals

05 Jun 2022 1 minute read


Wales’ two World Cup talismans – John Charles and Gareth Bale

Wales have ended the wait to reach the World Cup after defeating Ukraine in their final qualifying play-off in Cardiff.

Jimmy Murphy oversaw an unforgettable run to the quarter-finals in 1958 in Sweden in what has been their only appearance on football’s grandest stage – until now.

Much has changed in the last 64 years – here’s how life then compares to now.

The average price of a pint

1958: Two shillings (24 pence)

2022: £3.96

Number One in the singles charts

June 1958: Connie Francis – Who’s Sorry Now

June 2022: Harry Styles – As It Was

Who was UK Prime Minister?

1958: Harold Macmillan

2022: Boris Johnson

Average house price

1958: £2,049

2022: £260,771

Average petrol price

1958: One shilling and six pence (18p, per gallon)

2022: £1.68 (per litre)

Most popular TV show

1958: Crackerjack (this was also the year that Blue Peter was launched)

2022: Bridgerton

Average price of milk (per pint)

1958: 3p

2022: 49p

Most popular car

1958: Ford Anglia

2022: Vauxhall Corsa

Highest grossing film

1958: South Pacific

2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Average price for a pack of 20 cigarettes

1958: One shilling and seven pence (19p)

2022: £13.60

Average price of a loaf of bread

1958: 4p

2022: £1.15

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