A book celebrating Welsh football

Two years since Wales success in Euro 2016, the men’s senior team have a new manager who has introduced a number of young faces that are rapidly becoming new heroes. We have been inspired by the unprecedented success of the women’s team under their new manager; by Chris Gunter who recently got his 93rd cap, making him the most capped player in Wales senior men’s team; and we respect all our clubs – big and small. To celebrate our passion for Welsh football, a new bilingual book has been published by Gwynfor Jones, Welsh Football –  Day by Day.

 

This book is a treasury of trivia about Welsh football – from the highlights to the heartbreak, from clubs that are familiar to us today to those that have disappeared, from Billy Meredith to Jess Fishlock. There are interesting notes for every day of the year chronicling players, managers, clubs, games and events in Welsh football history.

 

With increasing demands calling for the opening of a national football museum in Wrexham, we are reminded that the Football Association of Wales was set up at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham on 2 February 1876, making the FWA the third-oldest national association in the world.


According to Lefi Gruffudd from Y Lolfa: "The book is full of interesting and unexpected facts about football in Wales. There are facts about the exciting games of the Euros and information about talented young players. But the lowlights are also included, like the loss against Tunisia under Bobby Gould. Gwynfor Jones has a peculiar information about football in Wales and there are fascinating and entertaining materials on every page. "

 

Facts about some dates in the book:

 

2 February 1876

The Football Association of Wales was founded at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, making the FAW the third-oldest national association in the world

 

6 June 1998

Tunisia – 4. Wales – 0. Wales’s first visit to the African continent was an unpleasant experience, and resulted in a shameful performance. After the humiliating defeat, the captain Gary Speed let the manager Bobby Gould know exactly what he thought of the tactics and team selection.


1 December 1965

Wales – 4, Denmark – 2 (World Cup qualifying group 7). Fewer than 5,000 had risked icy conditions to see a Welsh victory at the Racecourse, Wrexham, in the last qualifying match of the 1966 World Cup.