Incredi-bale

After this, all superlatives are redundant. The match was so good only a range of meaningless noises will suffice; things like wow, eek, aargh, ooh, cor, woof, screamingabdabs, marymotherofgod and …

Climb every mountain

The most hoary old football cliché of them all is surely the mantra of managers since time immemorial to “take one game at a time.” For Cymru that cobwebbed truism …

The game’s afoot

Two excellent performances in Cardiff mean that Cymru have finished as runners-up to Belgium in European Group E and qualified for the World Cup 2022 play-offs. These results also ensured …

Cup half empty

The notion that Wales might at long last qualify for a World Cup is looking like a wild fantasy after the pretty awful goalless draw with Estonia in Cardiff which …

Eclipse in Amsterdam

To tell the truth, I’m relieved. The stress was becoming unbearable. Now I can relax, sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament as a dispassionate neutral, the familiar, …

The Italian job

I hold one person solely responsible for the defeat in Rome: me. I foolishly departed from the highly successful strategy that has worked so well in the last few years …

Wales 2 Turkey 0

With apologies to Evan James (1809-1878) and James James (1832-1902) – and the people of Wales! ♫ To the tune of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ♫ My head’s in a …

Well I never

About 10 minutes into Wales’ opening Euro 20201 match against Switzerland I realised that my heart was racing alarmingly. I just couldn’t take it. So I muted the TV and …