Cymru / Wales
- Capital: Cardiff / Caerdydd
- Official Languages: Welsh, English
- Nicknames: Y Dreigiau (The Dragons)
- Association: Football Association of Wales (FAW) / Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Cymru
- FIFA Code: WAL
- Best World Cup Result (Men): Quarter Finals (1958)
- Best World Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
- Best Euros Result (Men): Semi-Finals (2016)
- Best Euros Result (Women): Not Qualified
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Men): 8th (October 2015)
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Women): 29th (June-September 2018)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Men): 117th (August 2011)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Women): 57th (May 2006)
- Most Capped Player: Jess Fishlock – 117 caps [as of Jan 2021]
- Top Scorer: Helen Ward – 43 goals [as of Jan 2021]
Cymru or Wales has a long, long history in football as they’re the third-oldest international team, having been founded in 1876. The third smallest of the home nations, they have not been as successful as their older and more populous rivals but have still produced lots of world-class players throughout the numerous decades. Some of the early ‘superstar’ footballers in the professional English Football League were Welsh with Billy Meredith and Leigh Richmond Roose being the most recognisable and influential players of their era. Wales’ golden era was probably in the late 1950s when a side full of talented players such as John and Mel Charles, Ivor and Len Allchurch, Cliff Jones, and Jack Kelsey reached their first (and only to date) World Cup, reaching the quarter finals of the 1958 tournament before being knocked out by Brazil. The winning goal scored by an unknown 17 year-old striker by the name of Pelé…
Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the Welsh side continued to produced exceptional players such as Mark Hughes, Ian Rush, and Neville Southall (to name a few) but were just unable to qualify for tournaments, usually just missing out in heart-breaking fortune. It wouldn’t be until the 2016 European Championship when Wales finally qualified for their next tournament, and surprised the footballing world by reaching the semi-finals of the competition. The Welsh side have since qualified for the 2020/21 Euros, their second consecutive European Championships, and with many other talented youngsters coming through the ranks, Wales look like they could on the verge of experiencing their second ‘golden era‘. And with the Welsh women’s national team are also rapidly improving, and getting very near to qualifying for future tournaments, the future of Welsh football is looking very favourable in both camps…the Red Dragons are breathing fire once again!
To talk about one of the most historic and (in my opinion) THE BEST TEAMS in international football, we interviewed the knowledgeable and excellent Megan Feringa. Megan is a freelance football journalist, features writer, content creator and editor who produces many excellent things for the superb Welsh Football Fans website. It is part of the EatSleep Media company who produces many excellent websites, videos and articles involving all things involved with Welsh football. To find their social media accounts, follow the links below:
- Megan’s Twitter: @megan_feringa
- Megan’s Website: https://meganferinga.wixsite.com/website-1
- Welsh Football Fans’ Website: https://welshfootballfans.com/
- WFF’s Twitter: @welshfootball_
- WFF’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/welshfootball_/
- WFF’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WelshFootballFans/
- EatSleep Media’s Twitter: @eatsleepmedia
Adding their opinions on both the situation with the men’s and women’s national teams is the brilliant Dai and Ruth from the excellent Coleman Had A Dream podcast (which we highly recommend) and blog. They produce regular superb articles and podcasts on all things involving the national teams and Welsh football on the whole. You can find the links to their blogsite, podcasts and social media accounts below:
- Twitter: @Colemans_Dream
- Podcast: Spotify; Apple Podcasts
- Blogsite: https://colemansdream.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColemanHadADream/
Finally, considering the editor of this website is a huge Welsh football fan, it makes sense for him to answer the questions also. Therefore the third person answering the questions about the Welsh side is Clint Jones, editor of both this blogsite and his The 94th Minute blogsite. It is a blogsite which mainly focuses on Welsh leagues groundhopping but also writes articles on many other things such as focuses on European or island leagues – basically whatever takes his fancy. To see his social media accounts and links to the blogsite, the links are below:
- Clint’s Twitter: @clint_jones
- 94th’s Twitter: @The94thMin
- Blogsite: https://the94thminute.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the94thminute/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclintjones/
Key: MF = Megan Feringa; CHD = Coleman Had A Dream; CJ = Clint Jones
Q. Who would you say is your country’s best player and coach/manager of all-time, and the reasonings behind the choices?
MF: I would say the best ever to play for Wales is Gareth Bale. You can’t beat that sort of brilliance. I am also young, only 24 years old, so my expertise of Wales players only goes so deep into the reservoir. That said, I don’t think you can really beat the way Gareth Bale plays. It’s scintillating and entirely unconfined by the parameters of footballing norms. He’s one of those old footballing souls, pure individual brilliance. As for women’s team – Jess Fishlock. You have her in your side… magic happens.
As for manager, I’d say Gary Speed. What he did for Wales is unbelievable, and nothing can beat that. He really did establish the foundations for what has become an established Wales side. Which is why for the women’s team I’d say Jayne Ludlow – she has fostered such a great environment to bring up young players in and really made women’s football a promising entity for young girls to believe in. This is the furthest that the Wales women’s team has ever gotten, and if you talk to her, she’ll insist that she is setting a standard for the future and demands that all of her players, regardless of age, reach that standard. She’s tough but my god is she a manager and a half.
CHD: I think the reality of answering this question comes down to the team’s current success. Gareth Bale brought the world-class talent that many others have had over the years, but with it, he has brought a mentality that I don’t think others have had – that ‘club winners’ mentality’. That has had a huge impact as well as his ability. He has a fantastic attitude, he makes playing for Wales enjoyable for all of the squad it seems and is the poster boy that Welsh football has needed for a long time to elevate Wales’ footballing status, outside Wales. He’s scored more goals for the men’s team than anyone else and was so good in the European Championships qualifiers, he did a lot of the heavy lifting on his own, in terms of getting us to France in 2016.
The manager is a very difficult question. Chris Coleman took us to new places compared to any other manager, but the combination of the youth that John Toshack blooded along with the style of football he wanted to play deserves credit. Gary Speed changed Welsh football forever by harnessing the youth that Toshack blooded, but put it into a system and style which suited the players we had and got the best out of them. Ultimately though, Chris Coleman gave us something that we as fans never dreamed would actually happen, and he will always be revered as a consequence.
Rightly so. I think Jess Fishlock also deserves a mention here too. She has done so much for Welsh women’s football and her list of honours as a professional is absolutely staggering. She has done so much for the LGBTQ+ community and I think is someone who doesn’t get the credit she deserves for what she does.
CJ: I agree with the above choices for Bale although I would say John Charles is the country’s best-ever player, even though I am far too young to have seen him play. A world-class player at both centre-back and centre-forward and an important part of that iconic 1958 World Cup squad. If he had been fit for the quarter-final against Brazil, then perhaps the fortunes of both countries might have been different and changed the future landscape of football – a sliding doors moment there! Plus if Juventus voted Il Gigante Buono their best-ever foreign signing, ahead of the many quality players they had during their history, then he must have been decent! As for the women, then Jess Fishlock gets my vote also – one of the world’s best players who has won multiple league titles and cups (and continually does so) wherever she has played around the world, and is the first Welsh player to reach 100 caps = LEGEND!
For the best manager of all-time, well that’s a tough one to answer. Results wise, Chris Coleman gets the nod due to his European Championship leadership. However it would hard to ignore both Mark Hughes’ and Gary Speed’s contributions as they help improve the backroom set-up in Wales and become more ‘professional’. Sparky helped to initially improve the Welsh set-up in the early 2000s from a lackluster set-up under Bobby Gould, whilst Speedo improved upon that and was certainly influential in laying down the foundations that Coleman built upon for his success.
Q. Who could be regarded as a ‘cult hero’ in terms of the national team both in the past and present?
CHD: What a question! For me, I’d say John Hartson. The archetypal Welsh player in a lot of ways. Someone who arguably did their best or most effective work in a Wales shirt. Committed and a nightmare to play against. Chris Gunter would unquestionably be up there, as would Hal Robson Kanu – someone who only ever seems to score important goals for Wales. Beyond the current team, I’d say Dai Davies, Joey Jones and probably Billy Meredith would be cult heroes too. All very unique players in many different ways. From the women’s side, I think Tash Harding. She is talented, funny, honest and comes across like a fan on the field.
CJ: Obviously Hal Robson Kanu absorbing the spirit of Johan Cruijff to perform a turn that the big man would have endorsed (especially against the Belgians) will always put him in cult status with me, but I would have to say Joe Ledley is THE cult hero in my eyes. Perhaps not the most glamorous of players, but someone who would put in a shift in every game and do the dirty work to allow Wee Joe Allen to spin his magic in midfield. Not to mention his beard and dancing have gone down in Welsh football folklore for eternity. From the women’s side, Tash Harding is a great character amongst the Welsh football set-up (plus a hell of a player to boot) but I love Angharad James in midfield (I do appreciate a central midfielder) especially as she always appears on Sgorio speaking Welsh, and her distinctive hairstyle. If I was able to, I think I would grow my hair into her recognisable ‘James bun’ style haha.
MF: Is it bad if I say Bale again? He could do anything in the world – he could be the worst player on the pitch and we’d all still demand him being in the team. Rambo [the nickname for Aaron Ramsey], Ryan Giggs, none of them have that sort of effect. I mean, during the 2016 European Championships, Bala changed its name to Bale and the Vale of Glamorgan was Bale of Glamorgan.
I’m going to be lame and say Jess Fishlock for the women’s team as well.
Q. Of the current team, who would you say is the best player in the Welsh national side currently?
CJ: Although Bale gets the media attention, I don’t think he’s ultimately the best player in the Welsh team at the moment as he has been a little inconsistent at times. I think I would have to say either Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen. Whenever either of them are missing in the Welsh side, their absence is certainly felt and Wales play poorer as a result. Joe Allen is vastly underrated as a player in the British/English media and he should be playing at a much higher level than the English Championship, in my opinion. In the women’s team, I think Captain Fantastic Sophie Ingle is probably Wales’ best player on form currently. She is absolutely smashing it for Chelsea Ladies at the moment (quite literally with some of her goals i.e. her FIFA Puskás Award nominated volley against Arsenal) and someone who is always the first name you would put on the team sheet.
- Sophie Ingle’s nominated goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dk2sEqJuZU
MF: Oh, this is tough. I don’t think the “best” player is Bale. I think our best player in terms of current form is actually Aaron Ramsey. When he isn’t in the side, the hole left in midfield is exasperating. He keeps things ticking so smoothly, slows the play down particularly when the outfield is dominated by a lot of very raw young talent still establishing themselves in their respective first teams and trying to break through. With him in the side, we do tend to look sharper and smarter. His performances at Juventus right now have been sublime.
Honourable mentions: Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu and Connor Roberts. I’m extremely excited about those three in our side.
For the women’s, the best player would be… hmm that’s tough. Probably Jess or Sophie Ingle – Sophie Ingle is freaking dominant.
CHD: At the moment, it’s tough to look beyond Aaron Ramsey. Playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, scoring goals, playing alongside one of the greatest players of all time. He seems to be a key part of Andrea Pirlo’s side too and is playing regularly. His importance to Wales was demonstrated perfectly in the home game against Hungary to help us qualify for Euro 2020. Scored two goals, two very different goals, and two incredibly important goals. Gareth Bale is obviously an amazing footballer but isn’t quite at the levels he has been. His importance to Wales can’t be understated but he isn’t still at his best.
Q. How would you describe the current state/performance of the national team?
MF: It’s promising for both sides honestly, and what I’m about to say applies to both squads. Do I think we’re world beaters capable of outplaying the Belgium’s, the Germany’s and the Portugals of the world? Not quite yet… I still think we’re the underdog in that respect, but we are playing with a lot of confidence and much higher expectations of where our standard is. A few years ago, winning the UEFA Nations League group having conceded zero goals throughout the campaign would have been a remarkable achievement. It was then, but now, we almost expect that kind of performance. When we were only winning games by just the single goal against the Republic of Ireland or Finland, fans watched and were disappointed in some of the performances. I think we are playing very well, we are playing sharp, pretty football (or attempting to) but most remarkably, I think we’re establishing ourselves as a consistent international side to be reckoned with across the men’s and women’s games.
CHD: The healthiest it’s been in my lifetime on and (for the most part) off the pitch. When everyone is fit, we have a brilliant starting XI and some real depth too, giving the manager a real dilemma in some places. We as a fanbase are used to having things go wrong when one or two players are injured and that is no longer the case. We have youth, experience, pace, variety and depth. The biggest issue is harnessing it all as we are a team in a bit of transition. We have our best player of all time, slightly past his best, whilst some of the other players who have been stalwarts, being replaced by some much younger players too. As such, what the manager and team have produced is even more impressive than just the results.
Our biggest issue is the management situation, and Ryan Giggs being on “gardening leave” effectively. It’s a shame as things were going so well, but as fans, I think we all understand the severity of the situation. The women’s side just need to cross that final hurdle. It sounds so simple, but we have the best side we’ve ever had I think, and we can’t quite get across the line of getting to a tournament. Jayne Ludlow has done a brilliant job, and I hope we can get to the next World Cup – we should have got to the upcoming Euros in all honesty. Finally, the progress made in terms of coaching, developing managers and coaches through the FAW’s coaching program, plus the culture Welsh football is developing off the field, means it has never been so good.
CJ: In comparison to the position the team was in about 10 years ago, it’s like night and day with the Welsh sides now actually fulfilling the dreams we had not too long ago. We hoped that Wales could potentially qualify for a major tournament and they have since gone and qualified for 2 in the last five years, as well as getting promoted to Division A to the UEFA Nations League putting us in the highest echelons of European football. Also the women’s team has improved so much they were expected to grab a play-off position in their last campaign, with Jayne Ludlow doing wonders in improving the team continuously and turning them into a solid and exciting team. Overall, Wales are in such an incredible position and I am still in awe how far we have developed – the dark, dark days of being within the 100+ FIFA rankings are long gone, thank goodness!!
Q. Are there any Welsh players who you think we should be focusing on for the future – who would you say is the most exciting up & coming talent from the country?
CHD: David Brooks, Ethan Ampadu and probably Luke Jephcott. Wales have lacked an out and out goal scorer for a long time, and I think Jephcott may be that person we are crying out for. If he can make a step up from club level, as I think he will have the chance to do soon given his scoring rate, he has real potential. Ampadu is a wonderful player. His passing range, his ability to read and break up play coupled with some real aggression and guts. Brooks is a silky winger and has an ability I don’t think many others in our squad, regarding taking players on. Brennan Johnson and Terry Taylor from the under 21s are players I’m looking forward to seeing more of in the future too. On the women’s side, Lily Woodham is a great player and has bags of potential. Pace, a great eye for goal and real technical ability. When some of our older players retire, she has the ability to step into their shoes.
CJ: Even though they’re now regulars in the national team now, youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Neco Williams can become very important players for the team for many years to come. Also I am pleased to see the development of Swansea City’s Ben Cabango having just recently made his international debut for the senior squad. I remember seeing the centre-back on loan at The New Saints during the 2018-19 season, and thought he was a very talented player then. Plus it’s always good when players, who have played in the Cymru Premier, progress to the national side as it shows the national league in a positive light! Finally, from a family point of view (he’s my cousin’s son), I would say keep an eye out on Morgan Boyes who plays for Liverpool and has just recently come back from a loan spell at Fleetwood Town. A player who can play either left-back or centre-back and is currently captain of the Wales under 19s team. I hope to see his career develop even further and hopefully make it into the senior national team sometime soon.
MF: Oh, this is my favourite bit! There are so many! Brennan Johnson is a really exciting prospect, a playmaker with a very effervescent flair to him similar to Ramsey. Brandon Cooper is a centre-back worth keeping an eye on, as is Rhys Norrington-Davies and Luke Jepchott – a striker with an ungodly number of goals this season!
For the women: Ffion Morgan, Charlie Estcourt and Lily Woodham – Lily scored on her first game with her first touch. You can’t beat that!
Q. Looking at Wales’ long international history, what would you say has been the best game, result or performance for the national team in your opinion?
CJ: Obviously the 3-1 victory over Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter finals is probably the best result in the history of Welsh football, however, I think a match earlier in the tournament was Wales’ best performance as a team. After the gut-wrenching last minute goal conceded against the old enemy in the second game of the group, it could have been easy for the momentum and confidence of the Welsh team to plummet. However in their final group match against Russia, they produced a first-half performance which literally left me speechless. Granted, it wasn’t a golden Russian side, but the way they carved open the Russians time and time again and played them off the park was just incredible – I had never seen a Welsh side play that good before! The 3-0 scoreline flattered the Russians somewhat and it gave us a massive confidence boost going into the knockout rounds, especially when we topped the group! Plus it was nice to get one over the Russian team after their controversy in the Euro 2004 playoffs, which had left a bad taste in my mouth for many years afterwards…
The performance in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers was probably the best from the women’s team as it made people in the country take notice and realise what a great team had been put together. It garnered increased domestic media attention like never before especially when they gave England one hell of a scare in the group, and should have beaten them in the home game. I think the Lionesses were expecting an easy route to qualification, and they never got it, and Wales proved they could match anyone on their day!!
MF: The EURO 2016 quarter final beating Belgium 3-1. The fact it wasn’t just a last minute lucky strike that sent Wales through. Or a contentious call courtesy of a favourable ref’s whistle. Wales won outright, and it was the very game that everyone references as the hinge that changed Wales football. That was the day when we realised we could not only be anything we wanted, we had to keep up to that standard every year after.
For the women… ah that’s a really tough one. Probably the last qualifying rounds. It was the closest they ever got to qualifying for an international stage and only lost out on away points…really unfortunate but that’s the game.
CHD: It’s a draw, but the women’s side drawing 0-0 with England a few years ago was just a phenomenal performance. Holding probably the best side in Europe at the time at home, when we could have even got more (we had a ball cleared off the line following a corner and it looked over the line to me!) was wonderful and showed the players and fans what we are capable of. The correct answer though has to be the 3-1 victory against Belgium in Euro 2016. The favourites for the competition. 1-0 down early on in the game. Won it with the best goal in the history of football. You’d have to go a long way to beat that. I’m sure others with a longer memory than mine will have a few different options, but given the opposition, the circumstance, and the goal, it was perfection.
Q. Likewise, is there a performance or result which is regarded as the team’s lowest point?
MF: I feel like I’m too young to choose any one point… most people who tell me about the old days will say that the lowest point is the entire Bobby Gould era. The Tunisia friendly and losing 4-0… yikes.
CHD: How long have you got! In my time as a Wales fan, losing 2-0 to Finland in the Millenium Stadium when Jari Litmanen (who had retired from club football, and just played internationals…) dominated us, barely ran, and didn’t leave the centre circle. Awful. Losing 5-0 to Georgia and 3-2 to Moldova in the 1990’s are the games which always will stick out though. I’m sure every Wales fan could give you a different answer to be honest. It’s not easy being a Wales fan most of the time.
CJ: Well, this list is extensive in fairness! Losing 1-2 to Leyton Orient in a friendly was the deepest pit of despair, whilst losing 2-3 to Moldova to give the hosts their first ever competitive home victory and then following that up by getting hammered to Georgia 0-5 to give them their first ever competitive victory was the worst week in Welsh football. When you’re losing to newly independent countries, it’s never a good sign! Basically the whole Mike Smith-Bobby Gould era was a complete right-off. Saying that, there were some results during the John Toshack era which were hard to watch especially towards the end of his tenure. As for the women, probably the drawn games against Northern Ireland in the most recent Euro 2021/22 qualifying were disappointing results. Considering the expectations had increased for the side, they perhaps should have gotten a win from at least one of the games, and it would have seen the girls earn themselves a play-off spot instead of missing out on head-to-head away goals.
Q. What are the best and worst things about being a fan of the Welsh national team?
CHD: I think the best would be the fans, as a collective. We have been used to a lot of rubbish over the years, and to have the side we do now, means a lot of us appreciate the situation we have, and how fairly alien it is to us all! As such, we enjoy following the side as a group and everything that goes with it. We’ve also been lucky to see something that I never thought would happen – qualifying for a tournament. Who knows what will happen to Euro 2020/21 but that we’ve qualified twice is wonderful and something I never thought I’d see.
The worst was unquestionably the sad passing of Gary Speed. He was my favourite player (as a Newcastle United fan) in both club and international football, and to see what he began, but couldn’t follow through with, was heartbreaking. He has given us a wonderful gift though, and Welsh football’s current successes are his legacy.
CJ: Worst: I hate the in-fighting between the Cardiff City and Swansea City fans which sometimes flares up from time to time, whilst I also hate the seemingly southern-bias of the FAW when it comes to a number of decisions. As a Gog (a slang term for a northern Walian), I would like to see more fixtures return to the North once again, especially to the historic Racecourse Ground. It would be appreciated if there were attention when it comes to resources, communication, etc. However, I feel that is a problem with the country as a whole, which sometimes gives off a Cardiff First vibe with the northern counties always seemingly an afterthought in the eyes of the decision-makers. Finally, the occasional lack of coverage from the supposed Welsh media (such as BBC Wales and ITV Wales) about Welsh teams (and the Welsh leagues) really annoys me – they have produced many a faux pas over the years.
Best: The love for the national side has blossomed again over the past decade or so, which is always brilliant to see. I remember watching Wales’ games with very few people in the stadium, and now they’re nearly always sold out – I suppose the performance of the team helps in that regard, but it has rejuvenated the football culture in the country. Companies such as Spirit of ’58 have certainly helped in that regard with supporter apparel (every Welsh fan must have at least one SO58 bucket hat), whilst the official supporters’ brass band, The Barry Horns (named after former Welsh captain Barry Horne) has helped create a superb atmosphere with their various songs for players. I also love that the FAW has embraced the Welsh language and culture and put them in the forefront of their promotion campaigns, something which their rugby union equivalent are very much lacking behind in.
MF: Best: As an American having been adopted into the Welsh culture, I’ve never been surrounded by so much love and passion for a side. There’s so much palpable pride and love that pours into this team from both its players and its fans and you can’t beat that, no matter the score.
Worst: Wales really, really, REALLY enjoy making things difficult for themselves and sending fans into heart attacks and making us think that we could lose a match in the final 10 seconds even if we’re up by eight goals. No matter what, there’s always that feeling. But at the same time, that underdog mentality is also fantastic – we take nothing for granted, and we play our hearts out.
Q. Have the fans adopted some kind of unofficial anthem to sing along to before/during/after matches?
CJ: Kernkraft 400‘s 1990s dance hit Zombie Nation was adopted after the away draw with Belgium in late 2014, and has been fully embraced by Y Wal Goch as it’s played and chanted at every match now, not to mention it inspired the title of Bryn Law’s book (Zombie Nation Awakes) about the national team’s qualification to Euro 2016. I guess it became the soundtrack to that qualifying campaign. I personally love The Barry Horns‘ ode to Hal Robson-Kanu which is sung to the tune of 80s hit ‘Push It‘ by Salt-N-Pepa. Basically anything The Barry Horns touch, it turns to gold!
MF: Oh, so many… the national anthem is probably the one that springs to mind and stokes the most passion around the fanbase. It’s sung usually to lift the team on the pitch or to show the amount of love we have for them. You can listen to the players and the fans sing that in the biggest of stadiums and you wouldn’t need any help from a microphone or stereo to hear it word for word reverberating off the walls. On top of that… there’s ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid‘ which you really can’t beat.
CHD: The Barry Horns have done a great job of creating atmospheres, songs and chants over the last few years, so there are a lot there to choose from. With that said, the Zombie Nation tune, started at the draw with Belgium in Brussels, is a classic.
Q. Do you have a favourite or iconic shirt from the whole time of the national team?
MF: I wish I did, but I don’t. This is definitely an American thing in that we don’t get super into kits or shirts. I wish I was more into them.
CHD: The shirt from 1980-84 is my favourite. I’m lucky enough to own an original one, although it’s too small for me, I’m hoping to get it signed by Gareth Bale one day. If you read this Gaz, let me know how to get it to you! It has a red body, white sleeves and the red three adidas stripes on the sleeves. Perfection. From more recent times, we had a white adidas away shirt (the shirt we won in, in Andorra) with red stripes on it, and its bloody lovely.
CJ: I adore the shirts produced by Umbro between 1992 and 1996 – all of them during that period are iconic in my opinion with the white away shirts being my particular favourites during that time.
Q. Finally, what are your hopes for the future of the Welsh national team?
CHD: Having never expected us to qualify, then to have seen that happen, Welsh football has already given me what I always dreamed of, and to be honest the summer of 2016 was even better than I’d have imagined. With that said, and in honour Chris Coleman’s words, “if people don’t laugh at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough“. As such, I’d love to see Wales win something. Why not?
CJ: Now we have qualified for the last two Euros, I would love to see Wales become regular qualifiers in future major tournaments in both the men’s and women’s game. Certainly an another appearance at the World Cup would be a dream come true for me – to see the Y Ddraig Goch flying at football’s greatest tournament once again after so, so long away would fill me full of pride! Also continue with developing our youngsters from a young age to help them hopefully progress towards the national team – I think we’ve been one of the best in Europe at doing this!
MF: We make it past the 2021 Euro semi-finals this summer and finally win a trophy. For the women, that we make it to an international tournament!
A massive diolch yn fawr to Megan from the Welsh Football Fans website, Dai & Ruth from Coleman Had A Dream, and our editor Clint Jones for answering our questions on Y Dreigiau. Remember you can find their excellent accounts in the links at the top of the blogpage.
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