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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:04

South Wales into Europe again

EASTER MONDAY 2nd APRIL. Latham Park, heavy rain.

Of all the FAW's national competitions, the Regions Cup seems to get the least attention. This is odd, as it carries the prize of a place in a UEFA competition. Run over two seasons, select teams of grassroots players from the six Welsh regions contest two groups (north and south) with the two group winners meeting in the final.

The current competition has been running since autumn 2016. Of the twelve scheduled fixtures, only eleven have been played - thankfully the postponed Gwent v West Wales game has no significance, as South Wales had already topped the group table. Will it ever be played now?

In the build-up to the Easter Monday final, publicity and coverage has been scarce: a nice piece on the North Wales Coast squad in the Daily Post is the sum total really. Search on the web and the fixture is virtually impossible to find (even on the FAW site!) though it's had a few mentions on Twitter. Even if Easter Monday had been looking like a fine spring day, the chances of a good turnout at Latham Park are slim to non-existent. As it is, dire warnings of snow, fog, heavy rain are enough to put off all but the most intrepid traveller....

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:13

2016-17 End of Season Review (June issue)

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The end-of-season review edition of WELSH FOOTBALL is available to order.

Publication Date (provisional): 31st May 2017

Full review of the 2016-17 football season in Wales, covering all competitions. Our unique Honours supplement contains ALL final tables and cup final results from the Welsh pyramid.

Other features include:

JD Welsh Cup final in words & pictures

Winners' Gallery - photos of dozens of 2016-17 champions & cup winners  

Annual Programme Awards

Spotlight on Spar Mid Wales League champions RHAYADER TOWN 


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Monday, 01 May 2017 11:10

Bala end TNS monopoly

SUNDAY 30th APRIL. Bangor University Stadium, Nantporth, dry and mild.
BALA TOWN 2 THE NEW SAINTS 1 (JD Welsh Cup final)
After the hors-d'oevre of the Huws Gray Cup yesterday, I move on to the main course: the Welsh Cup final. Enough has been said already about the hugely inconvenient venue for the final - although everyone I speak to pre-match has more to say about it.

For me, it's meant an overnight stay and a journey west on the first train available. Many other neutrals won't have been able to go to such lengths. And, based on the expected storyline, you could ask why they should - for who can really envisage anything other than TNS swatting the Lakesiders' challenge to record their third consecutive Welsh treble? Even the Bala faithful are not oozing confidence - "if it was anyone else..." Indeed, having failed to beat the Saints in 29 previous encounters, the omens aren't good. They can only hope that today the jinx will be broken. They aren't short of support, the travelling contingent swelled by locals and neutrals keen to see someone (anyone) other than TNS lift some silverware.

The preliminaries are quite a show for the live TV audience (as well as those of us here in person). Flags, the cup on its plinth, child mascots, ceremonial arch, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (sung live), VIP presentations (Chris Coleman among them), handshakes, team photos... but this show is soon over and the players are probably relieved to get on with the real business.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:53

Issue 191

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Issue 191 of Welsh Football is now available (publication date 26th July 2016) 

This issue is a special, CELEBRATORY EURO 2016 edition, with extra pages and a big, eleven page Euro2016 section paying tribute to the Welsh squad and fans, and looking at the significance and legacy of the tournament for Wales. 

This issue also features the achievements of the Welsh clubs in UEFA club competitions, and six pages of previews of the new domestic season. 

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Thursday, 10 March 2016 16:15

Wales Under 19s Complete 3-day Double

THURSDAY 10th MARCH - Cyncoed Campus, sunny.
WALES UNDER 19 1 CZECH REPUBLIC UNDER 19 0 (Friendly international)
After only five days, I'm back at Cyncoed. This week the university are hosting two friendly fixtures at under 19 level between Wales and the Czech Republic, the first having been on Tuesday afternoon. I had thought of seeing that one, and when Wales won 3-2 I sort of wished I had. But the weather had been dreadful, and Saturday's uncomfortable two hours up here in the bitter wind was still too vivid in the memory. But this Thursday morning is a different proposition: dry, sunny, slightly less cold and with a lighter wind. The 11.00 kick off lends an unusual air to the game, but the crowd is exactly what you get at these midweek representative games: mostly officials, parents and scouts, with a few curious others.

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