Tag: wales

When Mark Hughes played two games in one day

Between stints at Barcelona and Man United, Mark Hughes starred for Bayern Munich. This is the story of how he played for Wales and Bayern in 24 hours

Remembering Vinnie Jones, the villain before Hollywood

Bullet Tooth Tony, Smasher O’Driscoll, Sphinx, Juggernaut, Killer. Through the commendable film career into which Vinnie Jones seamlessly segued following his 15-year professional football career, the Hertfordshire-born footballer-turned-thespian has in more recent…

Wales, Terry Yorath and the world-class nearly men

JUNE 20, 2016. STADE DE TOULOUSE. It was minutes after Wales had truly announced themselves as a genuine force at Euro 2016. A resounding 3-0 win over Russia that was as stylish…

Gareth Bale: the man who redefined Welsh football’s future

Illustration by Federico Manasse When Gareth Bale struck the ball from 30 yards towards England goalkeeper Joe Hart, there was a pause of tentative expectation from the watching Wales fans. It felt…

Gary Speed and the lasting legacy of a special football man

Disbelief, despair and hopelessness: all were sentiments felt by anyone affiliated with Welsh football on the morning of November 21, 2011. Gary Speed had been found dead in the garage of his…