Football: Family Tree

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All being well, next Wednesday's meeting of Stoke City and Leeds in the Coca-Cola Cup will be recorded as another significant date in the family history of the footballing Wallace brothers.

Nine years since twins Rod and Ray played in the same Southampton team as their older brother Danny, the two younger boys will line up on opposing sides for the first time in their careers.

Rod and Ray moved together to Leeds in 1991 but separated three years ago when Ray joined Stoke on a free transfer. Although Rod is perceived as the higher achiever, Ray has missed only three matches for his current club and will be keen to demonstrate his own success.

"It has been a really good move for me," he said. "It will be something different to play against Rod but I think we have a good chance."

Former England international Danny, five years senior to the now 28-year- old twins and retired through injury, spent a brief time with Millwall late in his career, although it was at The Dell rather than The Den that all three began. When Ray made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 22 October 1988, it was the first time three brothers had appeared in the same First Division line-up for 67 years.

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