Gareth Bale believes in miracles and why shouldn’t he? This is a footballer who was once considered a cursed left back with Tottenham Hotspur who went on to win five Champions League titles as lethal attacker with Real Madrid. From a defender who always seemed to lose with Spurs, to a striker who won everything with the biggest club in the world.
Say it ain’t so, Joe. That phrase passed into sporting immortality when an American reporter allegedly asked baseball star ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson about his admission that he’d fixed the 1919 World Series. (He hadn’t). It was also asked – in a roundabout way – by reporters to Joe Allen on Sunday when he was quizzed on whether making the World Cup knockout stages in Qatar was now a lost cause.
Joe Allen insists Wales' final World Cup group clash against is not "mission impossible" and has also defended Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey against their critics. Wales will go into Tuesday’s game against their oldest enemy requiring two small miracles to occur simultaneously. Firstly, they have to beat England for the first time since 1984 and prevent their biggest rivals from gaining a seventh successive victory.
Warren Gatland will demand a cool £500,000 for nine months work to rescue Wales in the run-in to next year's World Cup. Gatland is the man the Welsh Rugby Union want to turn to should they decide to replace Wayne Pivac. Gatland's successor has won just three out of 12 matches this year and watched his team undermine his survival chances when they surrendered a 21-point lead to lose 39-34 at home to Australia on Saturday.
Brennan Johnson insists Wales can shock England and keep their World Cup dream alive. Wales’ hopes of making the knockout stages were left hanging by a thread after losing 2-0 to Iran. England’s goalless draw with the United States on Friday night means that Wales still have a path to the round of 16, but qualification is out of their own hands unless they beat Gareth Southgate’s side by a four-goal margin.
It must have felt a long way from Tylorstown as Robert Page starred out towards the world's media and tried to explain how the heady optimism of just 16 ago had evaporated under a hot Arabian sun. Little more than two weeks ago, the Wales manager was in his home village, announcing the squad he would take to take to a World Cup finals, the first Wales manager to do so for 64 years. Now, that adventure already seems to drawing to a close after just two games following a 2-0 to Iran which was unexpected, but felt feasible from the moment Kieffer Moore missed an early opportunity.
Bryan Hughes says his Wrexham team are hurting after a run of five matches without a win which leaves them 16th in the Vanarama National League. The Dragons have earned only three points from a possible 15 and manager Hughes says: “It’s hurting everybody - the players, myself and fans. “We are... Read More
The New Saints are going goal crazy during their pre-season build-up to European Champions League football. Manager Scott Ruscoe and his TNS players won 6-1 against fellow Welsh Premier League team Barry Town United at Jenner Park, taking their tally to 23 goals scored with two conceded in their first three... Read More
Cardiff Met's 'Petrified' Christian Edwards In For Long Haul And Will Drive To Luxembourg For European Tie
Former Wales international Christian Edwards is preparing to drive a mammoth 1,000-plus miles to lead Cardiff Met’s challenge in Europe. Edwards will be on the road for around 20 hours making the round trip from Wales to Luxembourg, while fellow Met coaches and the players will be flying. “I’m petrified of flying,”... Read More
Barry Town United, Panjab FA, . . . And The British Striker Who Followed Geoff Hurst By Scoring In A World Cup Final
Barry Town United have struck up a firm friendship with Panjab FA, a team representing areas in North East India and North West Pakistan. Panjab have played in two World Cups, while they have also faced England C, Liverpool’s under-23 team and Burton Albion. This weekend Panjab play Welsh Premier League Barry... Read More
Airbus Broughton have won the Huws Gray Alliance championship and are heading back to the Welsh Premier League. It has been a magnificent season for Airbus and their 4-0 home win against Holywell Town ensured they will be back in the top flight next season. Asa Hamilton, who came through the Airbus... Read More