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Friday, 13 November 2015 09:04

What every Welsh fan will wear in 2016...

We can now confidently predict what thousands of Welsh men and women will be wearing next summer. No, we haven't acquired a new fashion correspondent - but the kits that Wales will wear at Euro 2016 have been unveiled.

Most of the fans who follow Wales home and away have never had the opportunity to see their heroes at a 'finals' tournament. The World Cup finals in Sweden in 1958 was a very long time ago - before the era of cheap travel and widespread 'football tourism', and in any case the majority.of current Welsh travelling fans weren't born then. Yes, it's true Wales reached the quarter-finals of the Euros in 1976, but there was no hosted tournament to travel to under the competition's format back then.

So Euro 2016, conveniently close in France, is an opportunity that tens of thousands of Welsh fans are going to seize without regard for the cost or logistics. And it's a fair bet that most of them are going to want to be sporting the latest Welsh kit designs, which will be available in the next few weeks.

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Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:18

Issue 185 (Nov. 2015)

WF 185

Publication date: 26th October 2015

This edition features the achievement of the Wales national team in reaching the Euro 2016 tournament finals.

Full picture spread and analysis of the qualification campaign and what it means for Welsh football. 

Other features in this issue include:

  • Spotlight on Holyhead Hotspur
  • Club feature on Pontardawe Town
  • Looking back - 25 years ago - Nov 1990 games including Wales (v Belgium), Llay RBL and Haverfordwest County.  

Plus all the regular content -

  • columns on Welsh Premier, Huws Gray Alliance, Welsh League, Arouind the Regions, Anglo Files.
  • Programme Reviews and Book Review
  • Action photos - including Welsh Cup and Trophy games at Rhostyllen, Knighton, Aberaeron, Cwmbach & Acrefair
  • Double size (8 page) stats supplement with many league tables, cup results and draws.

Available by post from the publishers (use enquiry form for online ordering & payment option and overseas rates, or send £3.60 to Welsh Football, 57 Thornhill Road Cardiff CF14 6PE)

Also available from club shops at Aberystwyth Town, Bangor City, Carmarthen Town, Airbus UK, Cefn Druids and at ALBANY NEWS (Cardiff) and various Welsh interest bookshops.

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Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:08

The Golden Generation is Crowned

TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER: Cardiff City Stadium- a chilly autumn evening
WALES 2 ANDORRA 0 (UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B)
Five weeks on from that warm September afternoon when Chris Coleman's team drew 0-0 with Israel and didn't quite clinch their place at Euro 2016, we're back at Cardiff City Stadium. In that five weeks a lot has happened, apart from summer turning to autumn: Wales have played in Bosnia (and lost) but they have now qualified, thanks to Israel dropping points that mean they can't reach second place in the group. So tonight's game is without pressure - and it's widely anticipated as a time to party and celebrate. Of course, Wales want to avoid the embarrassment of failing to despatch the part-timers of Andorra, but everyone assumes that's a formality. Andorra have never won a competitive international - but we all remember that they came close in the very first game in this group, leading 1-0 until two late Gareth Bale goals set Wales on the path to glory.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015 11:38

An unforgettable night in Cardiff

FRIDAY 12th JUNE: Cardiff City Stadium - humid, wet
WALES 1 BELGIUM 0 (UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying)
Mid June and, marooned between the two football seasons, there's a sudden flurry of football activity in Cardiff this weekend. For most people, the big event is this crucial Euro 2016 qualifying match (although the minds of two local clubs are bound to be on another match, less than 24 hours later - but more of that tomorrow).

Expectations ahead of the visit of Belgium have probably been higher than at any time in recent years. Wales, unbeaten at the halfway stage of their group, joint top with Belgium, and radiating belief and togetherness, two qualities not always present in our national set-up. The nation senses something has changed and that something big is about to happen and the build-up to this game has been big, on all broadcast and social media.

So big, perhaps, that people are starting to talk as if Wales are favourites - to beat a team officially ranked second in the world. The Welsh football public is in uncharted territory here - we're used to despair, dejection and embarrassment - we know how to handle those. Hope is trickier: seasoned fans bear the mental scars of having hoped before, and are wary.... and yet, when you think you've put it in its place, hope creeps back in - could this really be different ?

Realistically, what do the 33,000 fans making their way to Cardiff City Stadium expect ? They've heard about the spirit in the Welsh camp, they've heard how important the fans' vocal support is, and they expect the team to give as much as they will themselves. But probably most would settle for a draw, not to lose, to stay level with Belgium at the top of the group.

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