St. david's press - Football

May 2016

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TOGETHER STRONGER 

The Rise of Welsh Football's Golden Generation

Chris Wathan

Foreword by Ashley Williams

For as many years as I can remember the talk has been of Wales having a young group of players with the potential to end the qualification drought. Even when I first came into the team in 2008, there had been talk of a golden generation that were going to change history. It was easy to see why with talents like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey coming through and many others. This current group has lived up to its potential and it will be a proud moment for me when I lead them out at the European Championship Finals in June 2016.

There are no writers who have been as close to Welsh football as Chris over the last ten years. It is a story that's worth telling, worth reading and definitely worth enjoying! It's been a story to remember – and one worth waiting for.’
Ashley Williams, Wales captain, from his Foreword

The scenes of ecstasy on and off the pitch in Bosnia in October 2015, as players and supporters of the Wales national football team celebrated qualification, on merit, for a major finals for the first time in its history, were repeated in the pubs, clubs and on the streets of Wales as the nation toasted a success many thought they’d never see.

Seemingly cursed by decades of perpetual near-misses and gut-wrenching tragedy, a golden generation of talented, committed and well-drilled players, united in an intensely close-knit squad and supported by an ambitious FAW, had taken Wales to the finals of Euro 2016 and into a ‘top ten’ FIFA world ranking.

Together Stronger is the definitive history of an incredible decade when, after the play-off failure against Russia in 2003, a talented group of young players were brought together by John Toshack and Brian Flynn, made to believe by Gary Speed and honed by Chris Coleman to create the most successful qualification campaign in Welsh football history.

With behind-the-headlines details and exclusive insights from those who were there, including the likes of Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Joe Ledley and captain Ashley Williams – as well as the candid thoughts of Toshack on his role and manager Coleman's most revealing interview yet – the award-winning journalist Chris Wathan combines analysis and emotion to provide the inside story of how a new generation rose to tell the greatest tale Welsh football has ever told.

Chris Wathan is the award-winning Football Correspondent for Media Wales, which includes the Western Mail, Wales on Sunday and WalesOnline.co.uk . Named Welsh Sports Hall of Fame ‘Journalist of the Year’ in 2014 and the Wales Media Awards ‘Sports Reporter of the Year’ in 2015, he  is regarded as one of the most respected writers on the game in Wales and was one of the few journalists to cover every step of Wales' successful Euro 2016 campaign having reported from close to 100 Wales games since 2002.

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