The parachute men

IT’S  a gleaming white stadium is the Liberty, you see it very clearly as the train snakes its way into Swansea station, and it still looks clean enough to feature on a TV advertisement for white emulsion paint. These are hopeful days in this corner of Wales. Hopeful because last season, the club was relegated after seven years in the Premier League, a period that … Continue reading The parachute men

The New Saints: Perrenial Europeans

THE UEFA Champions League kicks off next week with a handful of first qualifying round ties. The top seed in the draw was none other than The New Saints of the Welsh Premier League, and the Oswestry-based club will play host to Gibraltar’s Europa FC. The New Saints (TNS) have been in the competition for the last six seasons – not even Manchester United, Chelsea … Continue reading The New Saints: Perrenial Europeans

Newport and the search for renaissance

WALES were one of the darlings of Euro 2016, and rightly so, for their performances put more celebrated nations to shame. But whether the success of Chris Coleman’s team marked the start of something significant and sustainable remains to be seen – at the moment, they are in a three-way battle in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group with the Republic of Ireland and Serbia. … Continue reading Newport and the search for renaissance

On the back of Bale

LET’S GET ONE thing straight. This is not the first time Wales have qualified for the latter stages of a major tournament since 1958. This is, however, the first time Wales have made it through to a “finals” since the World Cup in Sweden. Everyone seems to have forgotten 1976, when Wales reached the last eight of the European Championship, losing out to a fine … Continue reading On the back of Bale