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Barry John . . . The Last Dance . . . Watch The King's Final Paso Doble On S4C

It was meant to be a celebratory match, a feel-good occasion. And for 80 minutes it was. But when Barry John came off the pitch in 1972, he had decided something. He wouldn’t be going back on. Now, S4C have unearthed rare footage from that match which may offer some clues and pointers as Graham Thomas reports. Barry John’s shock decision to walk away from rugby at the age of just 27 left a nation stunned – but not his one-time young rival, Phil Bennett. Forty eight years on from one of the biggest sports stories of the 1970s, the dazzling genius of John – the player they called The King – remains accessible through YouTube clips or in the memories of those fortunate enough to see him play.

Wales' Young Cycling Star Elynor Backstedt Suffers Leg Break In Crash

Elynor Backstedt – Wales’ most promising young cyclist – has suffered a huge setback after breaking her leg in a training accident on Sunday. The world championship junior bronze medallist, who has been in her debut World Tour season, suffered a spiral fracture of the tibia – her shinbone - in a crash. The injury is likely to require surgery, although her team - Trek-Segafredo – have not yet confirmed when that will take place.

Jack "Tex" Evans . . . The Amman Valley Kid Who Became The Hard Man Of The NHL

Which Welsh sportsman has made the biggest impression overseas? John Charles in Turin? Ian Woosnam at Augusta? Colin Jackson in Stuttgart and Seville? Gareth Edwards on the rugby fields of New Zealand and South Africa? Or was it Jack Evans in the ice hockey stadia across North America? Owen Morgan has dug around and states the case for the man they called “Tex”. If I had been asked a month ago who I believed was the most influential sports person to hail from my native Amman Valley, three names would have sprung to mind. Global rugby superstars Gareth Edwards and Shane Williams would probably have vied for the title with former Wrexham, Everton, Swansea City and Wales goalkeeper Dai Davies putting in a valiant, but unsuccessful, bid on behalf of the round ball game.

Sam Davies . . . And The Tears Of A Welsh Near World Champion

Sam Davies . . . And The Tears Of A Welsh Near World Champion
Seven years ago this summer, Wales had the player voted the best youngster in the world in 2013. Sam Davies almost made it a double triumph at the world’s summit that year – but it wasn’t quite to be, as he tells Graham Thomas. Sam Davies admits he cried tears of frustration when the chance to crown Wales as world champions slipped through his fingers. The Wales and Dragons star – who broke back into the national squad earlier this year – welled up when he stepped forward to receive the 2013 Junior World Player of the Year award.

Dean Saunders, Cardiff City . . . And The Missing 243 Goals

Dean Saunders, Cardiff City . . . And The Missing 243 Goals
Dean Saunders was good enough for Wales, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Galatasaray. But 35 years ago this week, the striker who eventually scored 255 club career goals was dumped by Cardiff City after just four matches. Terry Phillips counts the cost of a missed opportunity. Dean Saunders failed to impress with Cardiff City under Alan Durban and left the Bluebirds after only four appearances. The Swansea-born hitman was on his way out at his home town club at the age of just 20. It was 1985 and Cardiff manager Durban could have had signed the striker for a very small fee.

Gavin Williams Admits: Mid-Table Merthyr Ain't Good Enough Next Time

Gavin Williams is planning to lead Merthyr Town on a Southern League promotion mission during 2020-21. Merthyr-born former Wales International Williams, a lifelong Cardiff City supporter, will again be working with one of the lowest squad budgets in the Southern Premier, but he believes the Martyrs can challenge near the top. The 2019-20 season was halted early because of the coronavirus pandemic and Williams said: “That was the strangest season I have experienced since I arrived at Merthyr Town six years ago.

Exclusive . . . Brett Morse Dreams Of Olympic Redemption After Panic Attacks Left Him Broken

Exclusive . . . Brett Morse Dreams Of Olympic Redemption After Panic Attaks Left Him

Martyn Phillips Says CVC Stands For Sea Change

Martyn Phillips Says CVC Stands For Sea Change
Martyn Phillips has described the deal with CVC Capital Partners and the Guinness Pro 14 as a “sea change” for the tournament. The Welsh Rugby Union chief executive believes the agreement – confirmed on Friday – will secure the ability of the league to dveleop further, although he warned that the current shutdown of rugby would affect the sport for a long time to come. The Pro 4 will receive a major cash boost by selling a 28 per cent stake in the league to CVC. The deal, reported to be worth around £120m, will lead to significant investment and is likely to increase the private equity firm's influence in discussions to remodel the global rugby calendar.

Cardiff Devils Confirm Joey Martin Is Staying For Season Number Seven

The GOAT is back with Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Team captain Joey Martin - nicknamed ‘Greatest Of All Time’ by Devils fans - has committed to a seventh season in Devils colours and head coach Andrew Lord says: “He has proven to be one of the top players in Britain during every single season. “As the league grew better and better, so did Joey. His dedication and work ethic keeps him improving every year and he is a great role model on and off the ice.”

Give It To Gav, They Said . . . And Wales Went On To Win The Grand Slam

Give It To Gav, They Said . . . And Wales Went On To Win The Grand Slam
It was the kick the propelled Gavin Henson into a stardom as bright as his silver boots. But as Mike Ruddock tells Graham Thomas, the shot at goal that turned the tables against England – and ushered in a Grand Slam in 2005 – was the consequence of planning, teamwork and the boldness of youth. Mike Ruddock has revealed that the swaggering confidence of a young Gavin Henson was a crucial factor in setting Wales on the road to the 2005 Grand Slam. Fifteen years ago, Ruddock – then Wales coach – was sat high in the stands at the Millennium Stadium when his side were awarded a long rage penalty near the end of the game against England.

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Exclusive . . . Brett Morse Dreams Of Olympic Redemption After Panic Attacks Left Him Broken

Martyn Phillips Says CVC Stands For Sea Change

Cardiff Devils Confirm Joey Martin Is Staying For Season Number Seven

Give It To Gav, They Said . . . And Wales Went On To Win The Grand Slam

Welsh Golf Is Back . . . But Everyone Has To Play By The New Rules

FAW Accuse BBC Wales Of Exploiting "Security Flaw" In Row Over Connah's Quay

Nathan Blake Backs Troy Deeney And Says: "Go Back To Training Now? No Way!"

Tyler Morgan Says Scarlets Style Will Suit Him

Nicky Grist Urges Rallying To Keep The Faith For Ignition Later In Year

1,607 Welsh Tries . . . But Which Was The Greatest?

Tesni Evans Says Dog-Walking With Barney Is A Mood-Lifting Walk In The Park

Connah's Quay Deserved Better Than A Netflix Cliff-Hanger

Connah's Quay Crowned Champions . . . But FAW Yet To Make Call On Who Goes Up Or Down

Welsh Cricket Still Running On Enthusiasm As They Wait For Leather On Willow

It's 1989 And The Men In Black Are Playing The All Blacks . . . Dark Days At The Gnoll

Ben Franks Insists Scarlets And All Black Can Be Perfect Combination

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Barry John . . . The Last Dance . . . Watch The King's Final Paso Doble On S4C

Sam Davies . . . And The Tears Of A Welsh Near World Champion

Martyn Phillips Says CVC Stands For Sea Change

Give It To Gav, They Said . . . And Wales Went On To Win The Grand Slam

Tyler Morgan Says Scarlets Style Will Suit Him

1,607 Welsh Tries . . . But Which Was The Greatest?

It's 1989 And The Men In Black Are Playing The All Blacks . . . Dark Days At The Gnoll

Ben Franks Insists Scarlets And All Black Can Be Perfect Combination

Dan Biggar Is Our Michael Jordan, Say Northampton Saints

Dan Biggar has been branded “world class” by his club coach Chris Boyd. The Northampton Saints director of rugby, who... Read More

New Ospreys Owner Insists Region Was Best Fit In Europe . . . And Rugby Is About To Boom

New Ospreys co-owner James Davies-Yandle insists he plumped for buying the Welsh region after examining all the top teams in... Read More

Wayne Pivac Left Disappointed As Wales' Summer Tour Is Scrapped

Wayne Pivac has admitted his disappointment after Wales’ summer tour to New Zealand and Japan was officially called off. The... Read More

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Dean Saunders, Cardiff City . . . And The Missing 243 Goals

Gavin Williams Admits: Mid-Table Merthyr Ain't Good Enough Next Time

FAW Accuse BBC Wales Of Exploiting "Security Flaw" In Row Over Connah's Quay

Nathan Blake Backs Troy Deeney And Says: "Go Back To Training Now? No Way!"

Connah's Quay Crowned Champions . . . But FAW Yet To Make Call On Who Goes Up Or Down

Cymru League Clubs To Suggest Options For Ending Season

Wrexham In Line For Return To League Two . . . If New Plans Take Shape

When The Hand Of Joe Was Crushed By The Boot Of Tosh . . . And Revenge Was Taken!

No Baku And Beyond For Gwennan . . . But Special Memories Of A Glory Night For Wales

Gwennan Harries was hoping for trips to Baku and Rome this summer, like so many others looking forward to the... Read More

FAW Shake-Up Will Make Women's Football More Competitive, Says Lowri Roberts

Women's football in Wales is set for a complete overhaul which will be in place in time for the start... Read More

Former Cardiff City Star Don Cowie Is Keeping It Real At Ross County

Former Cardiff City midfielder Don Cowie has done his bit for NHS workers in Scotland after challenging his Ross County... Read More

Cardiff City And Swansea Still In Dark Over Green Light For Training

Cardiff City and Swansea City are waiting to hear how the plan for football to return in England can be... Read More

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Jack "Tex" Evans . . . The Amman Valley Kid Who Became The Hard Man Of The NHL

Cardiff Devils Confirm Joey Martin Is Staying For Season Number Seven

'Chef' Joey Back For a Seventh Helping With Cardiff Devils

Welshman Lifts Ice Hockey Challenge Cup, But Cardiff Devils Have To Watch Sheffield Steelers Celebrate

Cardiff Devils V Sheffield Steelers In Cardiff Bay Today - First Elite League Trophy Of Season Up For Grabs

Devils In Seventh Heaven - Coach Lord's Men Go Top And Now Turn To Sunday's Challenge Cup Final

Sheffield Steelers' Coach Fox Ready For League And Cup Final Clashes Against Devils In Cardiff Bay

Blair Fires Up Special Moment For Devils, While Goalie Ben Makes His 400th Appearance For The Club

Title-Chasing Cardiff Devils Sent To Coventry In Search Of Third Elite League Win In Five Days

Cardiff Devils are in Coventry today aiming to complete a six-points return from three Elite League matches in five days. Captain... Read More

Simply The Tightest Group I Have Coached Says Cardiff Devils' Andrew Lord After Last Gasp Elite Victory

Andrew Lord paid tribute to his Cardiff Devils players after their 3-2 Elite League home win against Fife Flyers at... Read More

Devils Take On Flyers In Big Night At The Viola Arena

Cardiff Devils can move to within a point of Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers this evening - if they beat... Read More

Devils' New Stars Rally Cry - 'Here Comes The Young'

Cardiff Devils fan Martyn Joseph, a renowned singer-songwriter says it in one of his most recent releases - ‘Here Come... Read More

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